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Old 10-31-2010, 08:31 PM   #15
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MonaxLisa -- the furnace (and not space heaters) has ducting that runs under cabinets where the plumbing lies. And that also is ducted down to your tanks. Only the furnace can give some margin from freezing up -- though conditions last winter during one cold snap across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama could put a challenge to that in otherwise warm areas!

During active camping I am comfortable down into the mid-teens with my Airstream's furnace running. My backup position? If the furnace went out I'd better be prepared to do a full winterize in half a day and just use the Safari as an aluminum tent -- without water. No way I can keep it from freezing up with just space heaters.

We use good, warm bedding. Good sleeping conditions lead me to set the thermostat low enough that the furnace is not on constantly -- usually something in the mid- to low-50s will accomplish this. I'm tucked in. I can read (not long, mind you... zzzzz). No trouble getting up to the bathroom. This is not a cozy house after all. The first one of us up in the morning turns the thermostat up to 65 or so. That's the way I set it up and having a window cracked open at the opposite end of the trailer does not change my general comfort with this plan.

How is your window condensation in the morning? I have a metal interior -- part of the newer Special Edition features. I see plenty of condensation on the interior skin if I seal up too tight -- and know that an older Airstream's mouse fur interior would conceal but potentially be just as moist. Consider the small interior volume of an Airstream compared to an apartment or house. Our moist exhalation amounts to a lot of volume before the night is done. That is much more concentrated when living in such a small volume -- and needs to be compensated for. Cracking a window at the other end of the trailer is my solution in early spring & late fall camping.


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Old 10-31-2010, 09:08 PM   #16
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We've been using liquid-filled radiators front and rear for years, only running the propane furnace in the morning and the roof-air heat strip to keep the moisture down. When it gets crazy moisture, as the PNW does, we'll use small heaters in the stern where the tanks and water pump/lines are. Unless you are a heavy breather, I can't imagine the moisture situation you have with normal living aboard. I'd be trying to track down the source of most of the wetness and check for either a inside or outside leak.

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Do you have a large population in there? All of them create moisture. Is it possible to hook up and head to a warmer climate for the winter?

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