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    Default Camping in 50 degree weather

    I planned on camping this weekend here in south florida and knew it would be cool but not in the low 50's.. I was just curious of how others here camp in 50 degree weather such as how you keep warm. I know to some of you are use to the cold but ive lived in florida all my life and have thin skin.

    I just dont think blankets on a airbed will keep us warm enough.. any suggestions??

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    I use a good blanket on an air matress with no trouble - despite other's theories. Just need a good closed cell pad underneath it. 50's is ideal camping temps here in north Florida - and I have lived here all my life. I sleep warm and comfy.
    When it gets to the 30's and forties, I switch to a good sleeping bag, and keep the air matress. Not a problem.
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    You can comfortably camp with lows in the '50s with anything - cot, pad, hammock, even the tubular air matterss - without nary a Mr. Buddy or electric blanket. Come to think of it, in a strange way, medical science makes part of its living off of people who don't know the difference between law and theory. Don't tell them that, because we have bills to pay...And we laugh all the way to the bank.
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    Default Re: Camping in 50 degree weather

    Quote Originally Posted by HogSnapper View Post
    I'm not sure y'all are relating to what the OP said. If you live in south florida long enough, you reach a point where 60 degrees is like 40 degrees to most other people. 50 degrees is like 20 degrees and 40 degrees might as well be zero F. I grew up down there and it's just the way your body chemistry adapts over time. Same thing happens to people in Alaska but it's the reverse. So when the OP says 50 degrees, think 20 degrees for the rest of us.
    Thats just what i was getting at Hogsnapper.. Low 40's and low 50's down here is freezing to us..

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    Quote Originally Posted by swebob View Post
    I planned on camping this weekend here in south florida and knew it would be cool but not in the low 50's.. I was just curious of how others here camp in 50 degree weather such as how you keep warm. I know to some of you are use to the cold but ive lived in florida all my life and have thin skin.

    I just dont think blankets on a airbed will keep us warm enough.. any suggestions??
    We go camping here on the central coast of Cal. all the time in 50 degrees or less. We have an air bed and frame from Cabella's and a big buddy heater. We keep the propane tank outside and run the hose through the power cord slot in the tent. We have been very comfortable (in shirt sleeves) in as low as 18 degrees outside.
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    Well, if 50's for you = 20's for me... I use a Thermarest Luxury Map pad and 0f degree sleeping bag. If pad is on the ground, the sleeping bag is a mummy. If pad is on a cot, the sleeping bag is a large, comfortable, rectangle. If there is a good chance that cold will become cold and wet, Mr. Heater is a welcome addition. Coldest camp so far this season was a 38f morning, I covered up but didn't zip-up the rectangle bag. (Teton Sports Celsius XXL -18 Degree C / 0 Degree F Flannel Lined Sleeping Bag (90"x 39"), no additional heat in tent.)

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    And if it's 20F for Phil, it's colder for us! Our coldest camp was -20F with bags rated to -30 and our Big Buddy kept our Kodiak Canvas tent warm enough for tee-shirt living! Just saying....+50F is also summer weather for some of us. Dress in layers and camp that way too. We use to live in sunny Las Vegas but camping on the desert in the winter, nights have often gotten down into the 20F easily. Hogsnapper says it's best, one needs the best sleeping bag one can afford! If you don't have a warm comfortable sleep, even in a house, you won't enjoy your camping experience, that's just the way it is, at least for us.
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    take extra blakets and clothes if you are worried about being cold. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
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    I have always heard its not wise to use propane heaters in tents.

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    Default Re: Camping in 50 degree weather

    I've heard the same thing, but I get cold fairly easily and last winter used my heater in the tent. I did take precautionary measures though... set it up on its own little stand I made of an overturned aluminum pan to keep it off the tent floor and also made sure there was plenty of ventilation. Course, neither of my current tents have full coverage rain flys. The bigger tent is an 8 man tent and the smaller is a 4 man tent. Have not had any problems in either one with the heater.
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