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Old 10-29-2010, 03:48 AM   #1
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First Winter in Limited 34', how to insulate?

Limited 34, Mountains of North East Alabama near lake Guntersville.

I need any advise anywhere on how to insulate AS, advise on skirts???

Nice view from top on my mountain but this thing looks like will be cold.

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Old 10-29-2010, 07:20 AM   #2
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Assuming you are going to live there thru the winter, all I can say is buy lots of propane, keep the furnace running, and good luck.


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Old 10-29-2010, 07:41 AM   #3
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Heat & stuff

Do you have a catalytic heater installed on the side of the cabinet next to the door by any chance? Nice aux. heat source.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:56 AM   #4
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Go to your propane supplier and buy a big external propane tank to plumb in to your system, 100# or bigger. You'll be surprised at how inexpensive they are.
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:48 AM   #5
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Hey, Frank - skirting will certainly help, as will a large propane tank, as suggested.

Be sure to monitor the humidity levels inside your trailer during the winter; if you see condensation on your windows, ventilate more. Too much moisture and lots of bad things happen, not least of which is this will tend to cause the glue that holds your headliner up to let loose.

I don't think our rigs are the best 4-season rigs out there. But good luck.

I've got family in Scottsboro; you live in a pretty nice part of the world.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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Old 10-29-2010, 09:04 AM   #6
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Let me know how you make out!! My 34'ft airstream like yours has 2 furnaces.
Not sure what water source your using .But you might want to put an electric heat cable along your water inlet or it will freeze, breaking your city water connector.
Not sure where your located ,but i'm sure you will have extremely cold weather especially in the mountains. I have heard of people putting hay bales along -side the trailers to keep them warm underneath the floor area. Peraps it would also be wise to have an electric heater in your trailer in case your propane runs out even with the big propane tanks installed!! I hope this helps!!!
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:06 AM   #7
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Bales of hay are a big no no. When they get wet are start to rot sponatneous combustion can occur. You will for sure be warm when your trailer is on fire.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:05 AM   #8
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Hi Frank,

Wintering isn't always as bad as it sounds. Make sure your furnace is sound, first off. Check it well.

I skirt with closed cell foam. Put it really tight under the bellypan and duct tape the seams. Put down throw rugs on the floor to keep the feet warm.

If you're using your water lines, coil the heat tape around them tightly. Better freeze control than just lining the bottom. Don't forget the spigot must be kept warm - anything does that isn't underground. Cover these with insulation and tape the seams. At my winter spot, I also cover the outside water spigot with a waterproof plastic barrel and then cover that with some old quilts. I also have a foam covering for where the hose connects to the trailer.

Everyone loves the bubblefoil insulation. I find it works best if you have it tight up against the glass of the windows. I cut mine to fit just around the glass and hold it in place with painter's tape. Then I put insulation in the trough where the window locks are. I do similar things with the access doors, AC and ceiling vents.

I get a lot of cold air coming in around the door, so I butt the door mat up against it when I'm inside. Neighbors pin up a blanket over their door. I haven't, but bet it would help.

Definitely second the bigger propane tanks.

Good luck and happy camping

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