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Old 09-10-2003, 06:30 PM   #1
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Question Outside winter storage question

I was wondering if any one out there has experience storing their A/S outside during the winter in snow country. I know about winterizing the plumbing, but what about the problems with lots of snow (and ice)? I live at 9,000 feet (near Vail) and it snowed today. There's plenty more where that came from. Has anyone used those heating wires that are designed for roofs??? I would think that the heat these cables give off is not enough to do damage to the plasti-coat and that the only problem might be how to stabilize the cable at the angles. I'm mainly concerned about ice build-up (the glacier effect). I guess regular snow removal would be a start. Any ideas out there would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-10-2003, 07:00 PM   #2
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broom it!

roy,

our first chance of snow here in wisconsin is still at least a month away.

here is what i do, wax your trailer. it will help the snow slide off.

if you get a big snow storm go out and broom it off the roof. i don't think you need deicing cables as you will not be heating the inside (i assume) to prevent ice dams.

mostly i'm concerned with the weight of a foot plus of heavy snow.

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Old 09-10-2003, 07:09 PM   #3
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Thanks John, I've got the Walbernize ready to go just as soon as this white stuff goes away . . . it's too early to talk about Indian Summer, isn't it?
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nope!

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i just want "regular" summer to quit here, way to hot!

85 here today! ask me again in feb. if i changed my mind!

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I'm sitting up here in Anchorage thinking the same thing....I wonder if its also a good idea to put the trailer axle on blocks to gget some load off of the wheels and bearings. I understand its not a good idea to tarp AS's, so I plan on simply brushing the snow off. Past that, I've been advised to place a dessicating agent in the trailer, and of course remove all the bedding and such. Luckily we don't have much in the way of spiders here. I really hate spiders. A lot. One alternative; the local State fair grounds rents space in their large covered (not heated) arena (where they show off the giant cabbages) for $300 all winter. This might be worth it in the long run (?).
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We were right in the heart of the ice storm last Feb. I took this picture of our camper all dressed up in ice! It's not a real good picture. The ice didn't seem to cause any problems. I think we received about 2" of ice at that time.
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Here's another picture. Just thought I would throw it in!
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That looks cold. . .I can just picture a younger Jack Nickolson sitting by the hedges "the morning after" in The Shining . . . Getting back to the original thought, I'd have to guess that a summer in Pheonix would be tougher on an A/S than a winter in, say, Minnesota. Especially on the skin. I think the A/S folks in the Northwest have it easiest, with their moderate climate and lack of harsh solar exposure. Probably the kindest climate on the continent for Airstreams! Roy
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Here's a photo of my Airstream from winter 2003 in New England!
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Well, so far no one's reported any problems related to snow and ice build up, so I'm starting to feel like the proverbial "over protective parent". I guess I have to feel pretty fortunate that we here don't have to worry about hail (pea size on brief occasions)... All replies are appreciated. Roy
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What is the problem with covering it with a tarp? Is it the wind motion rubbing the platicoat?
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Yes, that would be the first problem. Secondly, the wind would cause the tarp to rip at the point of contact with protrusions like the TV antenae, AC, vents, etc. - Roy
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mostly i'm concerned with the weight of a foot plus of heavy snow
Shouldn't be a problem...it's distributed evenly and the top of an Airstream can take an adult's weight if distributed over the whole roof (not point loaded). The end caps, where you can't get on the roof is curved so the snow would slide off...

We've not had any problems even with "the big one" last year...

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Good point about the weight being distributed evenly. And the bottom layer would turn to ice, taking the exact form of the A/S top. The pressure would then be greater along the sides than on the top. Enough said . . . outside it stays.
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