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Old 09-04-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
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Insulated RV barn

We have just completed our insulated RV barn for our Starcraft TT. We won't have to winterize any more. This may be a stupid question, but do travel trailers produce any harmful exhaust? If I have it plugged in and the air conditioner runs with the garage doors down, should I be concerned?
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We have just completed our insulated RV barn for our Starcraft TT. We won't have to winterize any more. This may be a stupid question, but do travel trailers produce any harmful exhaust? If I have it plugged in and the air conditioner runs with the garage doors down, should I be concerned?
Not unless it has a generator?
Not to worry with the AC running, other than they make a lot of heat.......when cooling, in a enclosed building.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:52 PM   #3
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I'd let fresh air in.
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Don't know where you are, but if it gets really cold where you are, then insulated may not be enough, you may still need some source of heat to keep it from freezing.
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Don't know where you are, but if it gets really cold where you are, then insulated may not be enough, you may still need some source of heat to keep it from freezing.
If there is no heat source, the inside temp will lower to the outside temp. The insulation will only affect the time it takes to get there. If it gets really cold inside, it will take longer for it to warm up. If you are lucky it will be somewhere around the average temp. ymmv
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As long as you're plugged in and only using electricity, then no fumes. If you use the propane furnace though, there will be exhaust fumes containing carbon monoxide. If the winters where you are get below freezing, I agree with a previous poster...insulation only slows down the cooling process. Our trailer is stored in a heated indoor storage, but just in case there is a power outage, the trailer is still winterized. We do get -30'c here in the winter, and leaving a trailer out in that can cause the flooring to split. Better safe than sorry.


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Old 09-15-2015, 08:23 AM   #7
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You'll need to heat the RV barn at least a little bit (unless you get warm days with cold nights), but with insulation, it would be more manageable. As mentioned, the propane furnace produces exhaust. Also don't forget about the fridge and the water heater, if you're talking about a well sealed barn, if you left them on all winter it might be an issue!
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Get a couple of electric heaters and thermocubes. Put one inside the TT and one in the basement storage near the water tanks. The thermocube is a little temperature controlled outlet which turns on the heater at 35F and off at 45F

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If you're going to run the AC, then open some doors to get some circulation. Those units will put out a lot of heat, which will warm up the roof of your RV.
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So....you insulated your rv barn so you don't have to winterize. ..yet you want to run the ac?

Insulation won't stop your rv from freezing, so you have to have a heat scource.

Now you sound like you want your rv cooled in the summer.

Being you need a heat scource to keep it from freezing, I reccomended you use forced air gas furnace with ac or a heat pump depending on your location. Heat pumps you need to keep the space above 50 to work properly.

Lot of coin to save an hour labor and couple dollars in anti freeze.
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I would NOT run the AC inside the barn for three reasons:
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The roof AC produces a lot of water as it dehumidifies. This will run off the roof onto the ground inside the barn. You will have mold in no time and it will destroy both the barn and the RV.

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The cooling inside the trailer produces heat outside the trailer, so in the summer, you will be heating your barn.

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The roof AC produces a fair amount of "wind" as it cools to coil. Not sure what else you have going on in there or how much room you have, but the system requires a substantial amount of airflow to work.

All that to say, an insulated barn makes no sense unless it has it's own HVAC to heat and cool. You will still have to winterize the trailer.
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I kept my first trailer in an enclosed, insulated storage with temps down to -8F. I used 2 space heaters under the trailer as the space wasn't heated. I did not winterize properly. The power went out and I had to replace my pump, because it froze. I had blown everything else out so no other problems. I am envious of your barn... but please don't think you shouldn't winterize.
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