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Old 04-25-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Which is best for the Canadian winter?

Hi, I am doing some research on which brand / type would be best for living in; in Canada, during our notoriously cold winters. It gets down to -30/-40 degrees Celsius (-22/-40 Fahrenheit).

I will be using my RV to live and work in year round.

These are the brands I have found, can you tell me if there are any brands I have missed and/or which of the 3 listed is best for extreme winter.

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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Not an expert by any stretch but you might look at the Mobile Suites line of 5ers. They have a very good reputation.

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:53 AM   #3
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Brrr - that is some cold weather. I would say the Artic Fox would be the best to start with. You will want to customize for the winter months. I have heard of bales of straw around the bottom of the trailer to seal out cold air. Light bulbs in storage compartments, around the water supply, lots of heat tape etc.

Not sure of your budget but Perterson Ind makes a large trailer good to minus 10 F.
It is big and heavy is the downside. It is called a Winslow trailer. I think 33' long.
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Even with a 4 season rated RV, having lived in Toronto, there is NO WAY, I'd try to winter in Canada. You will use a lot of propane and still not be warm.

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Old 04-26-2013, 10:37 AM   #5
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I don't know if your looking at new units only, but if your looking used then add Triple EEE, built in Manitoba where they know the true meaning of winter. EEE still in busness ,limited production.
We were stuck, boondocking, in our 05 , EEE 5th at -27c, and were comfortable, fully inclosed/ heated tanks. A hint , look for a unit that you can function in with the slides in, in most cases the slides are the weak point in the insulation, less area to heat with the slides in you stay warmer and the furnace works less. When the weather gets nasty you can bring in the slides and ride out the storms.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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Which is best for the Canadian winter?
Best is to drain and winterize that sucker in September, then leave it in storage until May.

But if you have deep pockets, then look into a DRV (Mobile Suites and DRV Suites) or Excel 5er. Both make full-timer, 4-seasons RVs that will do the job down to around zero F. Artic Fox is about as good as it gets in the more reasonably-priced RVs.

No RV parked outside in the weather is going to work when the temp goes down to minus 40. For that weather, you need an air-tight well-insulated and heated garage, barn, or similar building around and over the RV. Then almost any 4-seasons RV will do the job.

So get busy now and build that garage over the RV parking space. Plan on a propane furnace and at least a 100-gallon propane tank to keep that garage above freezing when the minus-40 north wind is howling down from the North Pole at 40 MPH. Then with the garage above freezing, use the propane furnace in the RV to raise the temp inside the RV above the lowest temp you can live with. Maybe emulate your north-European ancestors? 50 F. temp in the RV, plus a heavy, thick, warm sweater.

Brrrrrrrrr. I'm glad I don't have to put up with those temps now.

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