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Old 02-27-2016, 01:51 AM   #15
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Ray Eklund got it right pretty much about full-timing in Maine IMO. I hope you will re-consider your general plan. That vision in your heads is not do-able in the winter in Maine in a poorly insulated trailer with single pane windows.


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Old 02-27-2016, 06:37 AM   #16
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Thanks all! While we are located in Maine now, we are moving to southern Utah this summer. The plan (goal) is to be able to boondock in the summer and then be hooked up for the winter. I've un-frozen enough pipes in a house to know that a belly pan can't possibly protect a water system. Right now we are looking at insulation options, and will be heat taping the water system as well.
We're also looking at alternative heat sources. Anyone use a marine wood stove in their trailer?

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Old 02-27-2016, 12:14 PM   #17
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Confused yet?

Lived ten years full time in our AS. Traveled all over North America. Can not do NE in the winter and not be miserable in AS. No matter how you heat it!

Go way south if you can, it even snows in AZ,NM,CA deserts in the winter, not like ME or VT but it gets pretty nippy at night. Ray is right, you move with the seasons.

All the rest you can work out, we had solar on the roof, macerator pump for the septic once in a while, a roomy truck to do garage/basement/workshop duty, good batteries, a small generator, a pancake air compressor, a small charcoal grill, a high powered torch flashlight, a good mapping program and cb radios. Propane, catalytic and cube electric heaters for location appropriate heating choices.

Everyone customizes to their own pocketbook, skill level and comfort desires. No one has THE right way.
Yes, it was great fun, great bonding time, adventure aplenty and many friends to find.

Good luck.
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:09 PM   #18
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We are full timers in an Avion (so equivalent insulation, thermal transfer, etc.) living in Oklahoma with full hookups. While we can easily handle temperatures into the low 20s, high teens overnight and for maybe a few days I can't imagine weeks on end like that. Even though our tanks are heated when it is in the single digits the valves freeze solid. Water lines only stay thawed with heat tape, insulation, AND dripping the water. Oklahoma is a very sunny state but solar yard lights barely run in the winter. If you are in a cloudy and snowy area it doesn't seem like the solar would give enough power.

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