Originally Posted by Excellaphant
This has me kind of worried as I am going to be full timing it this
Winter in my 89 Excella. Keep in mind I'll be doing it 20 degrees
further south latitude in Florida. We still get some freezing termperatures
down here, nothing to really get in a fuss about usually. That comment
about heated barn kind of makes me wonder though...
Should I start to worry about pipes freezing in the 10-20 F range this
Winter? Or does the old Airstream have a little more pink panther in
it than that?
I would offer this thought.
If you were to keep the city water pipe covered with foam insulation (coming into the trailer) and, the cold water tap dripping slightly during the coldest period. I think you'd be fine.
It wouldn't hurt to run the unit's furnace as well. This allows the passage of hot air under the floor.
Considering that the cold snaps in FL are of the shortest duration, you should be able to survive.
It's the folks in the extreme "Northern tier" that really need to go all out in preparation for the extended deep freeze.
There's been numerous post about personal experiences, "rubyslipper"
comes to mind as one.
Bale hay positioned all around the unit for windbreak/blockeage;
Before the last bale of hay is positioned in place, place a light fixture under the trailer to help heat that space. (I personally haven't done this but it might be worth while trying.)
Plastic over the windows inside to aid the insulation factor;
Extended stay propane line with extra large propane tank;
Portable generator to get thru the power outage periods;
I've known people to even "custom cut" Lexan for inserting in the screen door and, on the inside of all windows with a high degree of success.
Remember, you do want some fresh air exchange to allow for moisture to escape. (Mostly from exhaled breathing, showers, and cooking.)
Under the closet floor, in some units, where the water pump is located you could place a 75 to 100 watt light bulb to heat that area.
I'm sure the list can and will be expanded by others.
We'll be looking for you to check in next Spring...