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Old 11-06-2015, 01:26 PM   #15
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If you need to use an external propane tank, check with a propane specialist re: hose length and connections. RVGeeks.com has a couple of good videos re: winter rving:


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Old 11-06-2015, 01:33 PM   #16
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Just saw your post and understand the problem. We currently on Van Island are going South but have noticed a big problem with condensation while we are here.
We came over from TOR ON where it is a lot drier. One thing I noticed on all the West coast trailers are vent covers that allow your vents to be open travelling or static. That I would say is the first and easiest to install. Ventilate as much as you can. Fantastic Fan make a cover recommended for their fan called Ultrabreeze. You will also experience moisture under your mattress at the back of the trailer if you have the rear bed. We have a locker at the back of the trailer for hoses tools and leveling stuff. This was open to the back bedroom when we lifted the bed to access the storage under the bed. Lousy design from Airstream. I insulated the back locker and sealed off any air flow to the underside of the bed.
Yesterday, I just installed a moisture avoidance pad under the mattress. Can be purchased in a marine store Used a lot on boats where there are similar problems. You may hear it called Dry Mesh.
Next on our list is a small dehumidifier, New Air 250 to keep down cooking and living condensation.
We were heating with gas because the electric heat pump is too noisy to sleep with but found this was getting expensive so we bought a Noma Ceramic tower 120 v heater which works really well. Not the best for controlled temp but I am getting used to it's idiosyncrasies.
We won't be here for the Winter but what we have done would probably cover us for a normal Victoria BC Winter. As you said El Nino may make it a non event.
Another thing to consider is what RV park you stay in. The inland parkland ones keep you away from the cold sea winds that are common at the shoreline sites.
Hope this helps and happy trails

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Old 11-06-2015, 01:49 PM   #17
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Food for thought. I'm not an electrician but talking to a RV repair man in Georgia recently I was told never to use an electric space heater in my Airstream. He said the amp draw on those heaters may heat and melt the wiring in the trailer and that he had many calls where this had happened. I've never used one but had thought about buying one to save on propane use. ?? Anyone care to comment on their use?
Our breaker/fuses are 15 amp. Our Honeywell space heater draws 12 amps on high. We've used it for years.
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Old 11-06-2015, 01:53 PM   #18
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Good points Norrie, I never thought of the vent covers, but with all the rain you guys can get out west, that might be a life saver. Also thanks for the tip on the Dry Mesh pad. We have a rear bed with the storage under and even with us spending most of the winter in the south, we still get some cool weathers when we are in higher elevations or coming home in the spring. I will try to locate one of these....
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:16 PM   #19
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This is probably obvious to most here but being from southern California, I'd never owned a wool blanket. this past fall we saw and purchased a Pendleton 100th Anniversary Glacier NP blanket in Whitefish. It wasn't cheap ($250) but we wanted something for memories. It has proven to be worth it, at least in our eyes...er toes, as it and a cheap flannel sleeping bag on top have allowed us to sleep comfortably in temperatures around 35-40 degrees F without using the furnace at all.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:35 PM   #20
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This is probably obvious to most here but being from southern California, I'd never owned a wool blanket. this past fall we saw and purchased a Pendleton 100th Anniversary Glacier NP blanket in Whitefish. It wasn't cheap ($250) but we wanted something for memories. It has proven to be worth it, at least in our eyes...er toes, as it and a cheap flannel sleeping bag on top have allowed us to sleep comfortably in temperatures around 35-40 degrees F without using the furnace at all.
Yes the Pendleton Blanket are wonderful. Many in the Airstream community buy them while attending the National Rally in Pendleton every year. I actually find them to warm, but thats just me......
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:34 PM   #21
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Greetings from Minnesnowta - wool socks a must - Smartwool or whatever brand with more than 50% - the higher percentage of wool the better and no they don't itch. Less than 50% don't bother. Anything Smartwool makes will keep you cozy.

Wool blankets are good - unless you have tried them you won't believe what a difference they make. I put a soft micro fleece blanket over them because I like a softer touch on top covers.

Use an electric mattress pad with another pad over that. You can 'pre'warm the bedding and it's wonderful. It's my most important MN survival gear. The secret is the second pad - it's just so cozy. I turn it off when I get in bed or it's too hot.

As for the Vornado heaters - we use two - never on high or full force. Keep the bathroom door open and put one heater at each end of the trailer. Does a perfect job. We leave a side window cracked open in the front of the trailer and have not had condensation issues.

Rugs - you gotta have them! I use a couple of bigger throw rugs when cold weather camping. Throws for the couch areas.

Lots of hot drinks!

Enjoy! It's our favorite time of the year - no mosquitoes!
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Food for thought. I'm not an electrician but talking to a RV repair man in Georgia recently I was told never to use an electric space heater in my Airstream. He said the amp draw on those heaters may heat and melt the wiring in the trailer and that he had many calls where this had happened. I've never used one but had thought about buying one to save on propane use. ?? Anyone care to comment on their use?
Was he telling you that AS does not follow national codes ???

Eddie Bauers ship with EB goose down comforters. ..light and toasty !
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Was he telling you that AS does not follow national codes ???
From the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) web page…
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NFPA 1192 Standard for Recreational Vehicles, NFPA 1194 Standard for RV Parks and Campgrounds, ANSI A119.5 Recreational Park Trailer Standard, NFPA National Electrical Code, and ANSI/RVIA LV the Standard for Low Voltage Systems in Conversion and Recreational Vehicles, are all ANSI consensus standards. These RV standards are currently on a three or five year cycle, meaning their requirements are reviewed for accuracy and completeness every three to five years, and revised as needed.
Anyone who tries to tell you that Airstreams— or any other RV built by an RVIA member company— don't follow code doesn't know whereof he speaks.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:11 PM   #24
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there are a couple interesting stories in Trailer Life this month you may want to check out, albeit not in an AS, still interesting to read. One is winterizing for cold weather use on a white box but some of the tips are interesting. The other is an article from a guy who spent the entire winter in a small white trailer in the Yukon, called "Braving the Yukon" (feature story below), where it gets down to -40 below...details his day to day heat usage of propane for the winter, how he insulated around the outside with sheets of insulation, and how he avoided going "nutz!"...pretty good read. (not that I have any interest in doing that...MT gets cold enough without the AS in winter!)

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One place to find the dry mesh-type pad is here: HyperVent Marine - Putting An End To Condensation
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To the OP, having lived in my trailer during a Vancouver winter, you'll want to have ready access to propane as you'll go through a lot. Insulate your city water hose and if the temperature drops, leave the bathroom sink faucet running a little as added help,to,stop the line from freezing. Would I do it again? Not in a three season trailer.
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