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Old 12-10-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Exclamation :eek: Help. I'm stuck inside a frozen camper

So far, this winter has been much worse than last. But with a little money and time, I am learned to winter camp, and find it enjoyable (as well as necessary). I've been hanging a fleece blanket over my door to keep the cold out. This morning I got ready for work, and went to leave, and the door won't open. I make sure I wasn't in a morning haze, and checked the lock. And now the door moves at the top a inch or some, but the bottom is still stuck. I don't want to force it, of course.

I got a space heater on it for the last hour. And took at it with a blow dryer. Problem is the screen door is in the way, where the heat needs to go. I don't see anyway to get the screens out with the door closed.

Any idea how I am going to get out?
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Out a window ?
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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I would sure hope that the Emergency Egress Window would open.

It supposed to if you needed to get out of the RV in a fire situation and you didn't have access to the door.

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Old 12-10-2013, 08:09 AM   #4
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Any strong alcohol available (vodka rubbing etc.)
You could get some around the door.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:12 AM   #5
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"Yah, I won't be in to work this morning. No, I'm fine. Just can't get out of my trailer" LOL
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:14 AM   #6
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They're all sealed in plastic. Except one small one I left for a moisture vent. Actually its the window by the door. I can at least get my torso out and bang on the door from the outside.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:19 AM   #7
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broke through. It wasn't the door. I put some high grade foam insulation around the outside. ice formed on it, and it ended up expanding to the point it that is blocking the door from both sides. Going to be a long winter
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broke through. It wasn't the door. I put some high grade foam insulation around the outside. ice formed on it, and it ended up expanding to the point it that is blocking the door from both sides. Going to be a long winter
Yup, I think it is going to be a long winter. But be thankful you have enough heat inside to keep the ice on the outside. There are probably lots worse places to be stuck.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:43 AM   #9
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Ken, you given any thought of heading to warmer climates?

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In my own experience owning two travel trailers and three motorhome, IMO the RV's that are suitable for wintertime habitation are few. Unless you select the RV carefully and shop for one with good insulation, thermopane windows, a stout heating system, you will likely have many issues if you are living in it in really cold weather. You will have to plan carefully to deal with the cold.

We were visiting some family one year in our first DP (Winnebago Journey) and it got really cold (16F) one night. There had been a very light rain the day before so things were wet. Everything froze.... TV antenna, dump valves, could not close slides, entry door (was able to push it hard and get it open). The LP furnace ran almost constantly even with an electric space heater in the coach. That taught me a lot about avoiding really cold weather and, if not avoidable, plan ahead carefully to deal with it.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:05 AM   #11
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I'm 3 miles from work, so I here unless I find an new job. Really I kind of enjoy it, now that I'm getting the hang of it. Plastic on the windows. Skirting around the outside. Foam on all the pipes. heated water hose. A good space heater. I have three propane tanks, but still on the first. I keep the furance on 60 in case the electric fails. Really very toasting inside.

Worst come to worst, I can remote into my desk at work, and work from the camper for a week or more. I keep plenty of food and have plenty of fuel and heat.

Grant it, I found out that Super Lite, means Super Cheap, but it is really just a matter of managing your environment. Of course I'm only dipping down into the mid twenties at night. Southern IN isn't all that cold really.
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If you place a roll of straw bales end to end around the perimeter of the trailer between the ground and the bottom of the trailer it will help to insulate the air space under the trailer.

Bubble insulation found at Lowe's and Home Depot works great to insulate the windows when placed on the inside.

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Using your hair dryer aim down at a 45 or greater angle and "Shoot" through the screen into the gap between the inner and outer door.

Once you are out move to Upstate SC where it's above freezing (Ther eis a vacancy or 3 in the park I'm in).
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Yup, I think it is going to be a long winter.
REminds me of a joke.

A man was talking to an old Indian about how long the winter would be.
Indian said "it will be a long winter and much cold."
Man said " How do you know that? is it the wool on caterpillars? Did the bears find a den down low? Did the birds go south early?"
Indian said, " Me see many white men coming down from mountain with much wood."
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