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Old 11-01-2016, 10:55 PM   #15
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Hi Matthew, Congratulations! We travel in and out of Golden CO several times during the winter. I fill a 5 gallon soft pail with RV antifreeze each time we leave and use that to re-winterize when heading back to CO from warmer climates. We never boondock so no help there. I have not put water in the fresh water tank yet so I never need to change the winterize/fresh water valve. This valve/kit does not come standard so have the dealer install and instruct you how to use it. It only takes me about 3 minutes to winterize. If needed for emergencies on the road we use the anti-freeze to manually flush. If possible I would suggest covered parking in the winter. Between the intense sun and alternating snow/cold it is hard on the roof and clear coat at our altitude. Enjoy your new trailer.
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:30 AM   #16
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Boyd Lake State Park is up in your neck of the woods. They have electricity and water hook ups. There is a dump station on site and it's easy to use. Might be a good option for your first outing. You would be right down the road from camping world and Windish has an outlet nearby as well. Just in case you need something.
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:40 PM   #17
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435 watts of solar

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Thanks for the info! I am going to the boondocks thread as soon as I hit submit on this post!



435 watts!

Do you ever wish you had more? I am planning on around 200 but also don't want to regret not starting off on the right foot!

I see you're in Longmont... I'm up north by you!
435 is overkill for most situations. We find we only need a couple of hours of midday sun to recharge from a normal day & night's usage. But if you camp where you are in the shade 100% of the time, you might not keep up. Around Colorado, I've never seen a site that was totally shaded. But in the forests of Washington and Oregon, I have seen such places.

Solar overkill is also good insurance for days that are completely cloudy. And for the off season--we really noticed the difference between July and late September.

My wife says to tell you that she is glad we went with 435 watts of solar.

We could squeeze one more panel onto our roof, but I don't think we will.
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:10 PM   #18
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Greetings from another Colorado resident. There is ample interest in Airstreams here in the state. I think you will find these Air Forums very informative as you learn all about using your Airstream. We have had ours for a little over 10 years and I'm still learning new things.

We like long trips around this beautiful country of ours. Colorado ranks maybe tops as far as beautiful states to visit. So someday you might be able to take a couple of weeks and head out in your Airstream. Last spring we explored New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. This fall we explored Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho. We've been to Galveston, Oregon, and Maine. Moosetags above ventures out and really explores the area while traveling. Read a couple of his travel threads. That's real Airstreaming. You will get good at it too.

I would use your trailer before I decided on auxiliary power supplies. With the intense Colorado high altitude sun, you might fine the AC a fine luxury. Our Airstreams are outfitted with power using appliances. But others like to be "one with nature" and sleeping on the ground in a tent is just fine. We can boondock three nights in our trailer okay, but there is no way to charge up our devices.

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