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Old 01-16-2019, 08:16 AM   #155
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:24 AM   #156
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FatChance where do you live where the sun comes up in the west? MonacoMan84 if your coach is liveable with the slides in that would help a bunch,for heating and snow accumulation.
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:29 AM   #157
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FatChance where do you live where the sun comes up in the west? MonacoMan84 if your coach is liveable with the slides in that would help a bunch,for heating and snow accumulation.
I haven't found that to be necessary, it is totally livable closed but I would miss the space. I'm not worried about thermal efficiency, I have a TON of heat and remember it's electric and I don't pay for electricity (it's included in my rent).

So I'm leaving it open!! Snow accumulation hasn't been much of an issue either, but I have a roof rack like setup rigged up when I need it.
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:08 AM   #158
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FatChance where do you live where the sun comes up in the west?
We are very close to Sedona, and as everyone knows, the psychic energy vortexes around there bend the space/time continuum.

Otherwise, refer to post #17...

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Old 01-17-2019, 10:30 AM   #159
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I haven't found that to be necessary, it is totally livable closed but I would miss the space. I'm not worried about thermal efficiency, I have a TON of heat and remember it's electric and I don't pay for electricity (it's included in my rent).

So I'm leaving it open!! Snow accumulation hasn't been much of an issue either, but I have a roof rack like setup rigged up when I need it.
If I know a big snowstorm is coming, I try to remember to pull in the slides. I have a slide topper that is a combination topper and awning, and I've heard of the arms on these bending from the weight of snow. And I think that no slide topper is designed to have a huge amount of weight on it. So I pull the slides in for the duration of the snowfall--if I remember.

You're not moving, but I've had melt-refreeze cycles on the slide topper that turned it into an ice sheet that froze the topper to the top of the slide, and that was no fun to clear when it was time to leave.

When you first said you would have unlimited free electricity, I knew you wouldn't have a problem staying warm because I've done it with space heaters.

One thing I like about multiple space heaters when it's really cold is that they run pretty much constantly, which makes for a nice even heat. The propane furnace blasts super hot air for a bit, and then turns off, and it immediately feels drafty. I hate it.


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As far as the insulation of the house itself, no problems, the small drafts I do get around the slides help move in fresh air (probably why I don't have condensation).
But most RVs have plenty of drafts and air leaks. Maybe you have just the right amount.

I don't have condensation issues in Colorado, even though I never crack a vent or window when showering or cooking.

But in the Pacific Northwest, I do battle condensation a little bit--on the window frames and windshield, which can get quite wet. But it's still nothing like people who report condensation in cabinets and on walls. I have some high storage cabinets that are two feet deep, and I did make a point to not have boxes pushed up against the outside wall, just in case.
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Old 02-03-2019, 04:50 PM   #160
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Hello Dan
Hope you are doing well after this chill.

Did you miss the heavy snow ?
Give us a report of your experience so far.

Spring to come soon we hope.
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I haven't found that to be necessary, it is totally livable closed but I would miss the space. I'm not worried about thermal efficiency, I have a TON of heat and remember it's electric and I don't pay for electricity (it's included in my rent).

So I'm leaving it open!! Snow accumulation hasn't been much of an issue either, but I have a roof rack like setup rigged up when I need it.
So after your first year of living aboard close to the snow belt.
Share your thoughts and experiences with us as many are looking to do the same in the future.
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My buddy spent Illinois winter in TT with slide. The foam board was going to waste alot he needed about 3' out of 4x8 sheet . we put down frame to ground an used pole barn siding in 12.' pieces . Insulated entire under floor with plastic wrapped comfortherm insulation 4" batts and 1x2s wedged here and there only a few screws were needed to support all insulation.
The finished product was beutiful from the outside. It looked like an other planet outpost. Other campers had foam board .We put foam board on slide side walls and it's roof. The sewer pipe was done in PVC and industrial insulated pipe wrap. Did our own heat tape & wrapped water hose. He only had a couple pipes freeze near tub , removed access panel let heat in fixed it. Not sure if local propane co. was hosing him ,but it was cheaper to run electric oil filled radiators.
People use billboard vinyl to skirt their MH campers. Foam board will only insulate so long, until frost creeps under.
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class A stickies in winterize sticky on winter camping good info.
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