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Old 01-22-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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Enclosed Storage - heat gain / loss

Up until now I had covered storage, but the owner called me to let me know he finally had an enclosed spot for me. It a 12'x50' space with my own 14' door. Needless to say but the DW and I are stoked!

The opening is tight. I have about 6" clearance on each side for the mirrors so I have to be careful going in and out.

Does anyone have an idea of how much heat from the day a typical steel building, without insulation, will maintain overnight? We live in middle GA and winter night time temps occasionally drop below freezing. Tonight the temps are estimated to drop to 27 and be below freezing for about 6 hours. I'm wondering if the temps inside will be a few degrees warmer than the outside temp.

In my unheated, but insulated garage my temps are about 15 warmer than the outside temps.

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
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We have a very similar set up and yes...watch those darn mirrors. LOL I like having a separate bay. If I get "hanger rash" it will be my own darn fault.

I haven't been out to the unit in the last couple days with temps down to single digits but even when outside temps were in the teens, the inside of the coach was above freezing. I can't speak for the areas like the water bay (fully winterized) but it makes it possible to fire up the furnace and warm things up a tad without taking too much time.

My only grip...is that the entrance door to the bay is on the driver side as I back in. With my 39' Winnebago I could take a bit of an angle and as my mirrors cleared the door I could cut the front end to the left giving me a bit more room for the entrance side. With the 43' unit, not so much so I don't have a lot of extra space in front of the steps.
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It's unseasonably cold tonight in Georgia so I decided to go out to the storage facility and see if I get a temperature benefit, from the enclosed storage.

Here is what I found out.

- Just outside of the building temperature was 34 at 9:30 PM this evening.
- Inside the facility at the motor home door the temperature was 41 . A 7 gain from outside.
- inside the coach the temperature was 51 a 10 gain from inside the storage building and a 17 gain from outside of the building.

In the winter we use the coach every few weeks so when putting it back in storage I typically blow the water lines then open the low point drains and faucets. Maybe I wont need to do that going forward unless the lows get down into the lower 20's.
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The best time to check and the typical lows will be around 5-6 am. Once the sun comes up things start to warm fairly quickly.
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I found that temps inside my building is typically 'about' 10 degrees warmer than outside.
And that is in the mornings when it is coldest outside.
Haven't measured inside the coach.
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