Does anybody leave their camper at deer camp year round?

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  1. clock98

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    I just bought my first ever hunting land up near Newberry. These first couple years I am just going to use my camper up there as a place to stay. I was wondering does anybody else leave there camper on there hunting land in the winter? If so how do you protect it from the snow load that the UP gets?
     
  2. Luv2hunteup

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    Most guys I see have a pitched metal roof above their campers. The ones that don’t are mouse turd hotels. Snow loads can add up to 100#/sq ft to your roof.

    I believe Newberry snow load designs are well above the 6’ mark.
     
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  3. sourdough44

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    It could work, but drawbacks would be mice & squirrels. One would have to winterize, which may be more a pain away from home, then periodic maintenance, especially if planning to use elsewhere.
     
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  4. R.J.M.

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    What about winter storage close by . So places are very reasonable.
     
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  5. WAUB-MUKWA

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    I put mine up in storage at the cement companies polebarn. Its not heated but weather tight and somewhat insulated. Local trucking company with extra storage space in their shop or something like that is best. You can try the local usual storage places but the average 7x10's or 20's wont work. Not tall enough for campers. I get a great deal because most people don't know about it and the usual local places here are stupid with their prices.
     
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  6. Luckymike

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    my neighbor leaves his.uses the bucket mouse trap thingy and gets loads of mice,never ending battle.wouldn't want to deal with it
     
  7. MEL

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    Use to keep a trailer up north on some property. The mouse issue was just impossible to keep up with.
     
  8. U D

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    Luv2huntup - "The ones that don’t are mouse turd hotels." So somehow a pitched metal roof helps keep down mice???? Really???
     
  9. Luv2hunteup

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    The camper roof will stay intact keeping water out of the inside of the camper. Rain and snow melt causes rot making it real easy for rodents to chew their way in.
     
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    When I bought the neighbor's 40 a few years ago he had kept a trailer there that as part of the deal he had to remove. The thing was nothing but a Hilton hotel for mice. No thanks.
     
  11. Trophy Specialist

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    Even if you store a camper at home or in a pole barn, you will still have to deal with mice and other pests. I would suggest building a pole barn on your property to store the camper in and then when you are ready, you could build a living quarters in the barn. Done right, they make a great camp. I had one for a number of years and really likes staying there.
     
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    People do this all of the time. A drive through the backwoods of northern MI will show you tons of old trailers that aren't going to be moved easily, any time soon.
     
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    Not a issue and much better vs towing it all over. You can do things to help keep nice out.. bringing water to camp is no big deal. Hell you could even drive s hand pump
     
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    Yes to the trap above, for camps & such. Use antifreeze or cold weather window wash fluid in the colder months.