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Old 12-08-2012, 10:20 AM   #57
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We have not winterized the trailer yet and haven't had a problem. We use the water tank. Partially so the hose won't freeze but also because the spout is 200ft away! Tomorrow the low will be 13 and the high 20. I have no worries about it. The trailer is warm and we will be fine!
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:14 PM   #58
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Just as an update, trailer, wood/ coal stove is still working great! We are in a mid winter warm up due to Chinook winds, so it hasn't been cold at all, which has been awesome. Been quite comfy! Adore my Morso stove.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:27 AM   #59
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Thanks for daring to be different ! Teach these "old dogs" some new tricks if you can ! Have you solved your door freeze issue ? How much of an issue is soot on the skin? I have a friend who took to burning coal for the nostalgia, bought a garbage can full at the local powerplant for like $5, his neighbors weren't too happy about the soot though !
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:19 PM   #60
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Thanks for daring to be different ! Teach these "old dogs" some new tricks if you can ! Have you solved your door freeze issue ? How much of an issue is soot on the skin? I have a friend who took to burning coal for the nostalgia, bought a garbage can full at the local powerplant for like $5, his neighbors weren't too happy about the soot though !
Thanks!

The door freeze issue has not been a problem, not a lot of condensation now that it is real winter and with the stove. Although it has REALLY been a light year, not too much cold or snow. Kind of disappointing.

The soot level is a very good question! It isn't too bad. Here is a picture:
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:13 PM   #61
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:22 AM   #62
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I love these pictures! I've subscribe to your thread, the photographs are just beautiful!

I used to take loads of photographs. You've inspired me to get back to that hobby.

I'm dying for the weather to warm up here in BC, but I can't imagine how cold it is in Alaska!

Your story reminds me of a good friend of mine who shacked up in a dry cabin for many years. The trailer is way classy!

Thanks!
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:31 AM   #63
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:32 PM   #64
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Wow. Nice pics and nice kittys. I have 4 right now.
Any northern lights yet ?
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:43 PM   #65
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Yes, in Anchorage we do get Northern Lights, not as often as Fairbanks, but I notice them a handful of times a year. The lights are truly amazing, one of my favorite things about Alaska. Things are warming up a little, we have the rock guard cover open on the front window and the insulation off the windows, summer is getting closer! Although, last week we received 2 feet of snow...

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Old 05-31-2013, 08:13 PM   #66
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Winter is OVER! Now it is time for our three months of non-winter.

Quick Highlights:

I never skirted the trailer do to wind/ straw problems. With this light year, it really wasn't required. Also, once the snow was deep enough, I think it did a good skirt job. The coldest outside temp I saw was -18 range. But the floor was cold. I wore slippers. Keep in mind, when I say -18, that means it was negative temps all day, like the high on a day like that might be -8. Also keep in mind I only have wood/ coal heat, no furnace. Someone would do great with a furnace and skirting plus a wood stove. So, in conclusion , tin can living is functional in south central Alaska.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:12 AM   #67
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Can you gauge any traces of new moisture intrusion or condensation pooling anywhere? Any spots where freezing has stretched pop-rivets or bowed trim, like belly band or hatches?

You have dollar numbers against not freezing, err... heating your Streamline?
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:23 AM   #68
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Good questions! No new damage that I have found, but the Empress is no new Alaska resident.

Heating, well I spent all said and done $480 of coal for the whole winter and about one cord of firewood ( free ). A little bit of propane for the backup heater.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:58 AM   #69
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Wow, people spend more than that heating their houses in a couple of months here in the lower 48!

Considering the lifestyle we choose, I'd call that a win in your column.
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This is an awesome thread. I lived in Alaska for many years all over the place working construction management. Now I'm in north central New Mexico @ 7,500' elevation. Getting ready to spend the first winter in an 85 31' Excella. We go to -30F regularly, but mostly warm up to at least 10F during the day unlike AK. I've been reading a lot of panicy threads on here about wintering in an Airstream. I had the lines testing and blown out down in Albuquerque when I picked it up. No water is going in there. I've been living w/o running water (and no bathroom facilities) for 7 years here this time - In old falling down and frozen adobe houses. This one has electricity, the last one did not and barely any heat either.

So really glad I found you! I've got about 30 bales of straw left over from last winter. Oat straw was the only thing to feed around here due to the drought. I'm going to start looking at different types of styrofoam insulation with the idea of wrapping the bales in plastic and stacking them around the styrofoam. That's pretty much what I had planned. Also what has been suggested here. I can always come back in the house and fire up the woodstove. I've got a good Jotul. I have been looking at marine woodstoves, but I hate to pull out the tambour end table thing in the Airstream. Well, you know how fast you don't care how anything looks when it gets cold! Like all the Hudson Bay blankets suddenly get nailed over the windows. Hahaha.
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