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Old 10-01-2003, 09:41 AM   #29
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the biggest issue with an oil fied heater is if you do not connect it into the duct system of the trailer you run a high risk of freezing the contents of your holding tanks. There are offshoots from the current ductwork that keep the warm air moving around the tanks to reduce the chance of freezing. Just heating the inside of the coach will not keep the tanks liquid, liquid.
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Old 10-01-2003, 11:46 AM   #30
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During some hard times growing up my parents lived in a 16ft and I lived in a 12ft box trailer in the foothills of Sequoia National Forrest. It snowed every winter. It was cramped but we managed to survive for 3 years like that. Running water, septic tank hook up and plenty of power was available. We did need to run on 12v during power outages. Our propane tank was 250 gallons and rented from the gas company on a keep full service. During the hardest part of winter we would go for 2 months without a refill. The electric heat was used to suppliment the gas heat and worked very well. We didn't have a choice in our living quarters and made due. But it did work. If you decide to live in your trailer go for it. If you do not like it buy a larger used mobile home to live in and onve your home is built sell the mobile home off. If you work it right you can sell off the mobile at a profit.

Best of luck on your long term plans
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Old 10-01-2003, 06:32 PM   #31
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I am also at the same junction.

But, people do it all the time.

I think southern climate is much better than maine, etc. I don't think I would full time in a really cold climate. Maybe with much experience.
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Old 10-01-2003, 07:05 PM   #32
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Time is drawing near for me to move into mine.
Yea, looking foward to it.
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Old 10-13-2003, 12:55 PM   #33
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I still haven't sold my house. I may not be moving into my 31' till spring at this rate!
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Old 10-14-2003, 02:54 PM   #34
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Hi Narhnian,

I spent a couple of weeks travelling across country in early January one year, northern US and Canada, in temps of -28 celcius. In a "stick and staple" built 19ft trailer. It was cold and I had to prepare for it. I used water out of a 5 gall. contaier (previously winterized whole water system).. The toilet was used but was flushed using a pan of water. I put antifreeze in the holding tank (two galls) and it was not a proble. The real problem was the cold temps and the propane. At those low temps the amount of gas boiling off from the liquid is greatly reduced. I couldn't run with one 30lb bottle open, heater consumed more than what boiled off. Two 30 lb bottles oped, no problem.

Re windows and condesation - use plastic film and make a storm window. Worst scenario use styrofoam sheets and cut out blocks to cover the windows - greatest source of heat loss.

Skirt trailer somehow - straw bales, canvas etc - what ever works to keep the cold weather/winds out.

Once the snow has built up around you r unit, it should provide an insulating factor - don't know how much though. Also, ventilation is a factor, but this brings in dry cold air. Exists as warm moist air!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go for it and don't worry, just be prepared for the worst.

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Old 10-14-2003, 05:08 PM   #35
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I hope I sell my house soon so I can find out. I'm thinking I can find an electric dehumidifier from WalMart to help with condensation.

I'm still unemployed too though, so realistically, if I don't find a job before I sell the house, I might just hitch up and winter in Florida. I don't know how hard it is to find good rates during the winter down there, but I imagine it's going to be less expensive than what I'll spend on fuel up here.
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Old 10-14-2003, 06:27 PM   #36
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Check this out...

I've been looking at pricing on month long stays in RV Parks in Florida and found this....

http://www.rvonthego.com/packages_main.asp

They have one month stays for first time visitors for $149/month plus electric, which I think I read is $1 per day. You can go from park to park for $149/month... if I am reading it correctly. I have seen a few of these parks in the Tampa area and they ain't bad!

Geez, I may rent my house out and move from park to park for a year and save big bucks!

Florida Weather Report.... The humidity is leaving, and the nice weather is blowing in this week. Come on down!
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Old 10-14-2003, 06:29 PM   #37
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Oh yeah... I have a dehumidifier running in my AS all the time while parked in my backyard. I bought it at Sears. I have a hose running out behind the fridge so it empties automatically. It keeps everything nice and dry inside.
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Old 06-16-2005, 04:46 AM   #38
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Just looking through some of these old threads, and your original post caught my eye - the part about liking a backyard to lie under your truck and turn bolts. Usually, I find myself lying under a vehicle turning nuts!
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I turned nuts a long time ago, so I only spin bolts now!
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Old 06-16-2005, 06:46 AM   #40
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So how's it going? Sold the house yet.....fulltiming in your 31'?
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Old 06-19-2005, 06:54 PM   #41
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I have fill timed in a 25 footer for the last two years There has been vey few problems sans running out of propane. An emergency generator is a requiremet. I have been quite comfortable in temps of -10F.
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Old 06-21-2005, 07:43 PM   #42
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week 1 for us

We just started this week - having never lived in a trailer before, we were immediately faced with challenges. We also didn't really do a proper test of our systems (or learn how!). I don't recommend doing it that way!

We were also planning to do a lot of boondocking. We ended up in the Flagstaff KOA - to plug in. We were lucky to be shown the ropes in "dumping" from an old timer Airstreamer...now we know - when we need support, go to a park!

Good luck with your plan -

*people keep telling us to have a good trip - we keep replying "it's not a trip!"
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