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Old 12-25-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Ways to insulate and stay warm in the winter

This is our first year full timing in our Thor Daybreak class A. Due to school commitments we are staying in the Pacific Northwest for another year or so. We've done a bunch of winterizing by putting heat tape on the fresh water hose, lights in the wet bays, I installed an extension to hook up an external propane tank. We've also, purchased a heat dish as an electric heat source which works great and have a couple of dehumidifiers plugged in. We also close the shades at night to keep the heat in from the windows.

So now we are wondering if there are other things we can do to keep the RV warm. One question we have, is there a better way to insulate our home?

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Old 12-25-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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This is our first year full timing in our Thor Daybreak class A. Due to school commitments we are staying in the Pacific Northwest for another year or so. We've done a bunch of winterizing by putting heat tape on the fresh water hose, lights in the wet bays, I installed an extension to hook up an external propane tank. We've also, purchased a heat dish as an electric heat source which works great and have a couple of dehumidifiers plugged in. We also close the shades at night to keep the heat in from the windows.

So now we are wondering if there are other things we can do to keep the RV warm. One question we have, is there a better way to insulate our home?

Thanks

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You might consider applying plastic film over some of your windows, even if they are double pane. You use a hair dryer to shrink it a bit so it's wrinkle free.

It made a huge difference in our rv. It's sold at most home improvement stores and is simple to apply.
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:31 AM   #3
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You might consider applying plastic film over some of your windows, even if they are double pane. You use a hair dryer to shrink it a bit so it's wrinkle free.

It made a huge difference in our rv. It's sold at most home improvement stores and is simple to apply.
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Doing this makes a HUGE difference for us when we are driving in cold weather!

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Have seen some units with bales of hay or even the pink/Blue 3M insulating panels placed around the basement of the coach to help cut down the wind from stealing heat from under the coach. Probably helps keep some of the heat from the furnace under there to keep the pipes from freezing.
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I understand your concerns as we are FT'ing in Cheyenne, WY right now.

These are things we did to help keep the cold out (or heat in?):

- Used plastic sheeting like mentioned above. We had some issues where the double sided tape wouldn't stick to the cold window frames though. So I used "Extreme Weather Foil Tape" to tape the plastic to the frame before using the hair drier on. Not pretty but works great! Unfortunately I can't do all the windows cause I can't reach up under the window treatment boxes to get to the top of the window frames.

- Found out the bedroom "Escape Window" was a major culpret for air leaks. I again used the Extreme Weather Foil Tape on the outside of the window on every seam or joint in the window. I also used a piece of styrofoam (1/2" thick) on the inside between our heads and the window. Works well as before we couild actually feel a cold breeze on our heads while in bed. The tape and styrofoam won't keep me from getting through that window in an emergency, I can assure you that too.

- Other obvious thing is we are using electric space heaters in our living areas to supplement to propane heaters. Be careful of your electric load though as not to trip breakers.

- We also added two electric heaters to the basement and water/utility compartment. Our propane heater is ducted there but doesn't keep anything warm. I tried using a drop light some suggested, but it wasn't enough heat to make a different. Ran the electric cords directly to the RV electric tower as not to run the power through my coach and limit what I'm running upstairs.

- Another big air leak was the door. I used the window plastic to cover the entire screen door except where the handle is of course. made a big difference. This assumes your screen door is attached to your main door. This door frame was way too cold for the double sided tape to stick and I (again) used the Extreme Weather Foil Tape to attach it before shrinking the plastic.

Hope some of this helps.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:54 PM   #6
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Have seen some units with bales of hay or even the pink/Blue 3M insulating panels placed around the basement of the coach to help cut down the wind from stealing heat from under the coach. Probably helps keep some of the heat from the furnace under there to keep the pipes from freezing.
single best thing I added when we were living in 5th wheeler. It needs to be as airtight as possible.
Next best thing was plastic over windows and hatches to create air space like thermopanes.
The third best addition was house sized propane tank. 150 gallon IIRC.

The temperature was below freezing for several weeks that year but inside temp was always above 65.
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A lot of problems stem from lack of insulation when the RV was built plus no dual pane windows. Adding insulation and window coverings will help some.
Good insulation was one of the things we looked for when we ordered our DSDP and even then we had an optional roof insulation package added. Cost was less than $100 and was/is well worth the cost as were the double pane windows.
The PNW has relatively mild winters so I'm surprised that people here have much worries.
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