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Old 07-19-2008, 03:18 PM   #1
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DH and I are volunteering this winter in northern Texas on the Oklahoma border. It's cold and windy in the winter so we wondered what we could or should do to keep our class A motorhome warm and comfortable? The storage areas are not heated. Should we insulate them? Wind in winter makes the floors ice-cold. What can we do about that?
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DH and I are volunteering this winter in northern Texas on the Oklahoma border. It's cold and windy in the winter so we wondered what we could or should do to keep our class A motorhome warm and comfortable? The storage areas are not heated. Should we insulate them? Wind in winter makes the floors ice-cold. What can we do about that?
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Old 07-19-2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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Are you SURE the storage areas aren't a little bit heated?? Most Winnebago class A's have some LP furnace heat directed into the area where the tanks are. If that is the case with yours, using the LP furnace is important in freezing weather. If you are parked for an extended period, a larger external tank would be very nice to have!

Either way, you really don't need to worry about most of the storage areas unless you store something there that would be damages by possible freezing. Putting an auto trouble light or spotlight (or small electric heater, thermostat controlled & set on a low temp setting), in the critical compartments can keep things from freezing. I prefer light bulbs. If you do use light bulbs, just be sure the bulb is protected from getting against any surface that might burn.

A wireless thermometer with remote sending units can help you monitor sensitive areas. When we are in freezing weather, I have a wireless sender in the water service bay, in the water heater/water pump compartment, and always keep a third in the refrigerator. You can check each area by pressing a button on the main unit. You can get one at Camping World, Radio Shack, etc.

If your Sightseer does not have dual pane windows, you might consider insulating them on the inside. You probably want to insulate the ceiling vents, although leaving one open a tiny bit can help fight excess condensation inside.

We have ceramic tile on part of our floor, and as you mention it is very cold in freezing weather. Covering it with carpet scraps would make walking barefoot much more comfortable, and would help insulate it a bit.

You don't say where you will be in North Texas, but from living in OK and TX I would say there will be some quite cold snaps, but there will be pleasant enough weather too. We have often spent Jan-Mar in the Dallas Ft Worth areas, and have found the pleasant weather has normally beat out the harsh cold weather. But if you are talking about NW TX rather than just N TX, there will be fewer pleasant days and more wind!

Good luck with the adventure!
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:16 PM   #4
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If you can seal the bottom open space all around your coach. HomeDepot offers some inexspensive posibilities. It makes a big difference.
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:52 AM   #5
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Rule #1 -- snuggle more.

Rule #2 -- if you will have A/C, consider getting a small ceramic fan - they work quite well.

Rule #3 -- Don't let your water compartment freeze up/water hoses/dump hoses.

Our rig will auto-heat the water bay/tanks and we have a temp sensor in there as well so it can be monitored.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:06 AM   #6
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It seams to me that you are asking about a unit that is not insalated for any kind of extreme weather.
Before you spend money to heat or cool your space you must make sure it is sealed to keep in or out an oposing climate.
All the home repair depots offer modern style insallation in sheets and rolls. Using duct tape you will be able to close off/seal most entry points for cold air.
A small temperature gun from radio shack can be used now to find where heat is entering. This will be the same places cold will enter and heat will be lost. By using the hand held dirsctionsl thermometer its cost will be recouped many times over with power savings and ease of locating leaks. (Windows, vents, entry and exit points for wires and pipes and all joints and fastenings).
When purchasing a heater since you will be stationary look carefully at its power consumption making sure the unit has a good reostat. This is not a place to scrimp on quality since it is your families safety that is at stake.
We want to seal it, heat it yet conserve power, retain the heat or cold and properly manage the interior humidity while retaining fresh clean air to breath.
Everything to do this (even to a cardboard box)is available at a home depot type store.
Money spent now will mean savings and comfort later. Always keep safety number one.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:36 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bill & Jan:
DH and I are volunteering this winter in northern Texas on the Oklahoma border. It's cold and windy in the winter so we wondered what we could or should do to keep our class A motorhome warm and comfortable? The storage areas are not heated. Should we insulate them? Wind in winter makes the floors ice-cold. What can we do about that? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The service bay and the compartment that all of the tanks are in does receive air from the furnace.

Winnebago says you will be okay down to 20 degrees if the furnace is set at 72 degrees.

I added a GFI protected outlet in the service bay and use a small Westinghouse 1500 watt electric heater with a feature called "Frostguard". It automatically comes on at 40 degrees and keeps the bay at that temperature. Enough heat gets into the tank area (which is open to the service bay) to keep everything from freezing overnight when the temp gets down to 10 degrees. We turn the furnace down to 55 degrees and use a good down comforter - king size on our queen size bed.

There is a chance that you will not be able to have someone fill you with propane. If so, unless you want to move the motor home often (once a week or so) you will need to get an "Extend a Stay" tee installed in the propane line between the coach tank and regulator so you can use an external tank that you can take down and get filled. We use a 40 pound tank. In Grand Junction CO in November we have to fill it about every 8 to 10 days.

I have a black polyethylene water hose with a heat tape. It's covered with pipe foam insulation - the kind with a adhesive strip. The joints are taped with duct tape. I put foam around the hose where it goes into the service bay. I use a five gallon bucket with fiberglass insulation inside to cover the hose bib where the water connects.
Of course if you are willing to disconnect it each night and use the water from your tank you can probably avoid that.

We have laminate flooring throughout our entire motor home and have some throw rugs down in several areas. We don't notice the floors being all that cold. We do wear slippers though.

We have some down lappers we use in the evenings while watching the TV.

If you can skirt the coach I would probably do so. You might check with the host coordinator and see what other hosts have done in the past.

The best solution is to just go where it's warm and we do. DW has two sisters and her Mother in Grand Junction CO though and we spend Nov and Oct with them on the way down to AZ.
The good news in one sister has a commercial peach orchard and she put in a full hookup RV site for us.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:26 PM   #8
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We certainly appreciate all the helpful tips from people that are 'in the know'. Bill and I and our cat Alex would have no trouble keeping warm but we have a pet bird that would. We have been full-timing for 8 months now and like many full-timers, planned to go South in the winter and north in the summer. We applied to work at Hagerman NWR in N. Texas thinking that ANYPLACE in Texas would be warm in the winter. Not so, not so.
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If possible, position your RV so prevailing winds will hit the end of your coach(with no windows if possible) instead of the side, to reduce conductive heat loss. Operate self-contained during freezing weather. Drain black/gray tanks during warmer periods of the day, then store that flimsy, slinky hose, it doesn't like cold-tears easily.
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