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Old 10-28-2016, 06:28 AM   #1
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I joined yesterday with a mission to further my education on what will be our ultimate decision for a Travel Trailer. I started that conversation about a real four season travel trailer, then I realized I was being rude by not stopping in here first, my apologies!

We're organic fruit farmers and we're nearing retirement. We'll buy our RV late in the summer next year, as we can't get away until about October each year. We need to be back full time in April to start up the greenhouse.

We had decided on the layout and amenities we wanted early on in our quest. When we started to whittle down our selections, things got a bit more complicated. When the question of RV'ing in the winter arose, the search seemed to come to a crawl.

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I am sure travel trailers have changed/improved (at least some) since we last owned TT's. I think you will be challenged to find one that is truly a good choice for winter use. The things I would want to inquire about would be:

-double pane windows
-extra insulation options, in roof, floor and sidewalls (sidewall insulation limited by wall thickness, of course).
-heated holding tanks
-options for heat.....LP furnaces in most RV's gobble LP. If you can get roof heat pumps instead of just simple AC units, that would be a plus in cool weather (temps above 38-40F).

Most TT's seem to sit much higher on their frames than in the old days so you have the under belly exposed to cold and wind. Good insulation in the floor is important.

Good luck with the search.
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Hi Brian! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

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-double pane windows
-extra insulation options, in roof, floor and sidewalls (sidewall insulation limited by wall thickness, of course).
-heated holding tanks
-options for heat.....LP furnaces in most RV's gobble LP. If you can get roof heat pumps instead of just simple AC units, that would be a plus in cool weather (temps above 38-40F).

Most TT's seem to sit much higher on their frames than in the old days so you have the under belly exposed to cold and wind. Good insulation in the floor is important.

Good luck with the search.
What is learned so far is that:

double pane windows are important ***without aluminum frames.

I've learned that the marketing verbiage does not insulate the travel trailers very well. As in climate package glacier package severe weather package whatever they call it. So far it comes down to the science of what actually insulates and what doesn't. Then how well the drafts are kept out.

I've never heard of heat pump in place of an air-conditioner what a great idea, I will explore that! We actually wondered whether we needed an air-conditioner anyways.

We also learned that skirting the trailer is important we spent part of our first winter at this house in an non insulated travel trailer.

Right now we're leaning towards ODM Creekside models and arctic fox. If anybody knows of travel trailers that can rival their level of build please advise .

BTW thank you all for your warm welcome.
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What is learned so far is that:

double pane windows are important ***without aluminum frames.

I've learned that the marketing verbiage does not insulate the travel trailers very well. As in climate package glacier package severe weather package whatever they call it. So far it comes down to the science of what actually insulates and what doesn't. Then how well the drafts are kept out.

I've never heard of heat pump in place of an air-conditioner what a great idea, I will explore that! We actually wondered whether we needed an air-conditioner anyways.

We also learned that skirting the trailer is important we spent part of our first winter at this house in an non insulated travel trailer.

Right now we're leaning towards ODM Creekside models and arctic fox. If anybody knows of travel trailers that can rival their level of build please advise .

BTW thank you all for your warm welcome.
The roof top heat pump to which I refer is both an air conditioner and source of heat. The Air Excel (Coleman) Mach 8 unit is an example.....15,000 BTU AC/Heat Pump. Like most heat pumps, it will do a good job of providing heat in ambient temps of not less than about 40F. Below that, they do a pretty poor job in the heat mode.
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Welcome. Happy times ahead when you get your chosen rig. Enjoy your travels and if you pass through CA be sure to wave.
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I do have a good handle on the heat pump now, thanks. Now to start learning more about the propane furnace that come in the trailers. I assume that they're all direct vent? If not, why not? My understanding is moisture is your enemy when camping in cold weather.

I realize that you can plug in various types of portable electric heaters when you're on shore power. However when going from point A to point B or you're not on shore power, and it's bitter cold out having to run the propane furnace to keep tanks from freezing sounds expensive. I have to have something to keep those holding tanks warm. 12v heat pads?

This may not be the place to have this discussion somebody might point me in the right direction I'll post these questions there. 🤓
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