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Old 09-15-2014, 03:49 AM   #1
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How to pick a Travel Trailer

I am looking at purchasing a travel trailer for me to live out of full time on a piece of property. The trailer would not be moved unless there was something particularly troubling that would warrant a tow to the mechanic. Ideally, I would like to purchase a used model that has four-season capability as the average lows in January are 21F. The record low is -24F, but I would guess in such an extreme, I can disconnect the water and make do without it. In light of this data, what criteria should I look for when selecting a travel trailer? Furthermore, how much would you advise setting aside per month in order to provide for anticipated repairs? Thanks for your input.
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Wow
Should not make an comments , but 24 below ( i know extreme ) my house wouldn't make it !!!
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I don't have a TT. However, I can't imagine any RV withstanding a winter that gets that cold unless you are completely winterized. That would make it a difficult thing to live in. Even houses have troubles at those temps. I can only imagine the fuel that would be used to keep it warm. Whether it's elec. or propane.

Good luck with your decision.
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I don't have a TT. However, I can't imagine any RV withstanding a winter that gets that cold unless you are completely winterized. That would make it a difficult thing to live in. Even houses have troubles at those temps. I can only imagine the fuel that would be used to keep it warm. Whether it's elec. or propane.

Good luck with your decision.
Unless you are very rich and money is no object. Don't do it. Instead build a small SUPER insulated cabin that is designed to handle routine zero temps.

Even the best RV's are poorly insulated compared to a cabin with 8" or 12" walls. You will spend a FORTUNE in fuel to warm an RV ....

The reason people living in that temp range buy RV's is because they can hook up and drag SOUTH...!! You stated you don't want to do that. Bad idea... very bad.
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Re. heating expenses - my only concern is making sure the plumbing does not break. If I can do that, then heating is a non-issue.

In light of this, what criteria should I look for in a travel trailer?
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My opinion "none " those temps, limited heat ???? Good Luck !
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My thought is if heating is a non issue you should be able to keep the plumbing at a non freezing temp
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I'd guess sealed under belly, heated or insulated tanks. If you don't plan to move it, can you build a "skirt" around the bottom to limit air flow?
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Look for a TT without slides. Less warm air loss. High R values, dual pane windows. skirt the bottom. I would invest in a large propane tank. 420lbs. Elec hose wrap for fresh water hose. Plumb in a MrBuddy heater or something similar. Plumb it into the 420lb propane tank. Heated and enclosed tanks are a must.

IMO something along the lines of an older Arctic Fox like a 22H.
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:15 PM   #10
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4 season TT

I'm sure there more, but Northwood builds 4 Season travel trailers and 5th wheels that handle freezing temps pretty well. Most of what they build have enclosed tanks that are well insulated and heated by the furnace....as long as your furnace is on and keeping the trailer warm you are good to go.
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You also said you can do with out the water.??
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