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Old 09-28-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Dutch Star insulation

Hi, we are looking for a motorhome or fifth wheel that we can use in the Okanagan (BC) in the winter, and are looking at the Dutch Star as a possibility, but Newmar can't tell me how low a temperature the Dutch Star can take and for how long. So I am asking Dutch Star owners what is the coldest temperature you would comfortably use your Dutch Star in? we are thinking of spending the winters in Oliver, in the Okanagan in BC, where the temperatures are usually no lower than 15F though on occasion they could dip to 0F for a day or two. We also could be driving through the Canadian Prairies in very low temperatures (-10F)on occasion, as we live in Edmonton Alberta. Have you had your Dutch Star in temperatures like that?

Hope some of you can help me here.

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Old 09-28-2011, 08:02 PM   #2
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Hello, I've only had my Dutch Star 1 year so I can't realy speak to your question from personal expereance. Cold got down to our park, in southern Calif. last Jan, -7c and we were fine, only one night, temp up to 10c by noon, so not a real test. Lenght of unit # of slides, ( slides in or out ) all contribute to the heat retension of the unit. I've heard that DS , ranks second only to Triple E in cold weather capability, and can atest to EEE 5th's being very winter ready( -28c booning slide in ) and very comfortable. Driving south, in the coach for the first time, last year I had to run the furnace while on the road , in a blizzard at -15c to keep the chill off . Traffic was so slow that the engine would not come up to temp, even in a lower gear. Something I was not used to having run a gas p/u to tow my fifth. From other threads I've learned that having to use the furnace ,is common in all makes , of MHs, in those conditions.
Oliver in winter can be ok, but be careful where you get a site ; lake front may be great when you arrive but if the wind starts blowing from the north down the valley in Jan , it's the last place you want to be.
When looking at floor plans make sure you get one that works with the slides in , just in case you have to hunker down, bring in the slides and ride out a storm. Nothing worse than not being able to get to the bathroom or fridge , with the slides in.
PS. born in Oliver , 55 years in Kelowna, retired to PR. 6th year of Snowbirding. Good luck & Safe Travels. Skip.

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Old 09-28-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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I spent two winters in Indiana where it gets rather cold. Many days the temperature never got above 20 (F) degrees and there were several weeks in the -6 to 20 degree range. The Dutch Star did fine, but I never want to spend another winter in the north.
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Newmar claims to have the best insulation in the RV industry. I don't know that it's ever been tested though. I do know that in 90° - 95° temps in Yuma we did just fine with one 13.5 heat pump going.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:45 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
Newmar claims to have the best insulation in the RV industry. I don't know that it's ever been tested though. I do know that in 90° - 95° temps in Yuma we did just fine with one 13.5 heat pump going.
YES Newmar might claim that, but Triple E builts for -30 C and people, that live in one have no problem.
Okanagon is not the 'mildest' climat in BC. The LOWER MAINLAND and the south part of Vancouver Island are the mildest climate for RV's. Lost of "snowbirds" here, that just do not want to buy the expensive Health Insurance for going SOUTH. Coming from Edmonton (close to 30 years living in Edm) and living now for 10 years in the Lower Mainland. We visit the Okanagon about 4-5 times a year, even in Winter. In Winter the Okanagon is always COLDER. Nothing beats the LOWER MAINLAND
We see lots of rigs (BC, AB, SK, MB) here (from Chilliwack to Victoria) overwintering at the local Campgrounds.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:48 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the info on the Dutch Star, I appreciate it!
I certainly agree about the best climate in Canada being the Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island - I think probably the best is where I was born - Comox - and Surrey/Langley on the mainland, where we lived for 10 years. I think that the cost of living will be higher there though, which is why we are looking at the Okanagan. We would love to spend it on the Island, but the cost of the ferries is a factor there. And winter in the Okanagan is certainly better than Edmonton, even if its not up to Island standards!

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