Hello Everyone! This is the follow up thread to my thread about living full time in a 1968
Streamline Empress in the great state of Alaska. June of this year we upgraded to a 2014 Airstream Flying Cloud 25' Front Bed. Love the trailer! It does not seem as tank-like as the Empress, but the ease of modern makes up for it. I know many folks are going to be interested in what we do to winterize, and I will provide details as I figure the out! I'm still not decided on a secondary heat source ( in addition to the propane furnace). I am debating three options for this winter.
1. Kimberly Wood stove
2. Oil Burning (Diesel) Nordicstove Heater
3. Winter in the lower 48 this year and figure out heat next year
The oil stove and the Kimberly are very similar in size and weight but very different in BTUs and cost. The Kimberly is very costly but high BTUs. Oil stove is much less BTUs but 1/4 of the price. They are both very attractive stainless stoves and I am set on having an install that aesthetically pleasing and doesn't look thrown together.
I do have one major recommendation for new airstream full timers, caulk the bottom of the wood around the shower with clear silicone. After one month of use we have already seen the beginning of wood damage.
Our recent view:
I will keep everyone posted on winter developments!
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