Originally Posted by SyrenSkywolf
No offense, but I find this post to be completely false. They are in northern Tennessee, not Alaska. We FT while in school here in Montana. Even under the harshest conditions here, we might pay $100-$150/month for propane, and that is without using electric space heaters. We also use our stove and oven regularly. These prices are after using two different RV's in the process, and they were close to the same. I don't know what you are doing to warrant those figures, but they are wrong.
Get a tank from a propane company that sits outside the RV, and you won't be filling up every week, and you will get a customer rate instead of a fly-by rate (rates for random one-time customers filling up their small tanks). Electric space-heaters aren't really that economical, so use them sparingly. You should have no reason to go above $30-40/month for electricity. Put skirting insulation around the outside, and you will limit heat loss and eliminate worry of tanks freezing. Take some of that rigid foam and form it to fit in the vent openings. Not the greatest looking, but works great.
I will also say this now: Don't waste the time of "keeping a vent or window cracked" for condensation purposes that most people advocate. Go and get a decent dehumidifier, and use that. Not a small countertop one, either. Get a full-size one, and find a spot to shove it that is at least somewhat out of the way. The electricity cost will be far less than the what the propane would cost to offset the open cold air coming in. Keeping a vent or window cracked is only logical if you are boondocking.
With the $100/month rent included, I see no reason why the cost to live in the RV should cost more than $300-350/month, and that is here in Montana. I'd say Tennessee would be closer to $200-250.
Fully agree, i did well for one winter in a canadian winter at -20f many mornings.
Just fill the tank and dump on warm days. And you will get your money back on the trailer investment instead of giving it to some rich system.
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