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Old 07-21-2013, 07:37 PM   #71
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I lived in a 31' Wilderness fifth wheel trailer in Valdez during the pipeline years. We never had any trouble with frozen lines or tanks. We had it skirted and heat tape on everything. Also we had plexiglass cut to fit on the inside of all the windows. Held them on with little turning screw things. I was married to a pipefitter then and didn't worry much about all the pipes blowing up. They never did anyway. We had the same trailer in Rock Springs WY and further north where it's -40F regularly. No trouble.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:33 AM   #72
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Good morning StreamlineAK

Man do I admire your grit!!

I love Alaska and want to return.
For six weeks I lived and worked in Wasilla.

The job fell through so I'm back in the lower 48.

During my brief stay I had an opportunity to drive the back roads and see the awesome Alaskan scenery.

To my amazement I discovered a few hardy souls near the Knik River who were living off the Alaskan grid.

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:28 PM   #73
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You brave soul God Bless you inspiring
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:30 PM   #74
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #76
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:19 PM   #77
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If you love Alaska, and off-grid living, read this book: http://www.amazon.com/One-Mans-Wilde...dp/0882405136/

It's amazing.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:30 PM   #78
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Man do I admire your grit!!

I love Alaska and want to return.
For six weeks I lived and worked in Wasilla.

The job fell through so I'm back in the lower 48.

During my brief stay I had an opportunity to drive the back roads and see the awesome Alaskan scenery.

To my amazement I discovered a few hardy souls near the Knik River who were living off the Alaskan grid.

Two of these photos are attached
Great Pics! There are quite a few hardy souls out there, I would guess a couple dozen folks in Trailers/RV in the winter. The "valley" attracts interesting folks.


Just as an update, I spent the summer as a campground host in the Chugach National Forest, absolutely loved it. The Streamline livin' trucks on.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:34 PM   #79
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If you love Alaska, and off-grid living, read this book: One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey: Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke: 9780882405131: Amazon.com: Books

It's amazing.

GREAT Story, actually, the "movie" based on the same Gentleman, Dick Proenneke, helped inspire me to move up here. Here is some more info: Richard Proenneke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I pretty sure my trailer kept me significantly warmer than his cabin likely did.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:30 PM   #80
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Second winter update!

Yes, winter round two in the streamline! Same place, about 1000 ft above sea level, in the greater Anchorage area.

I have already made some simple changes that seem to help the heat retention. Tape and seal the windows with the heat shrink wrap stuff ( sold at Lowes, $2.00 per window) and new door weather striping. Very simple standard house stuff, but somehow I didn't do it last year. I have a new plan for wind resistant skirting. I will post when I got it ironed out.
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:07 PM   #81
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Still Streamlining! Alive and well. I have a new tip for cold weather: heat under the bed. It makes a world or difference for whole trailer comfort. I guess last year it was like a cold air reserve that slowly leached out cooling the whole trailer. Less cold air along the floor. Morso stove is working great! Also I have a lot of off the grid in ak tips from being in a remote place this summer if anyone needs. So far, this year I have burned 3,000 lbs of coal (approx) and less than 1 cord of wood (free). That's less than $250 for heating this far. Not too bad!
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Still Streamlining! Alive and well. I have a new tip for cold weather: heat under the bed. It makes a world or difference for whole trailer comfort. I guess last year it was like a cold air reserve that slowly leached out cooling the whole trailer. Less cold air along the floor. Morso stove is working great! Also I have a lot of off the grid in ak tips from being in a remote place this summer if anyone needs. So far, this year I have burned 3,000 lbs of coal (approx) and less than 1 cord of wood (free). That's less than $250 for heating this far. Not too bad!
Would love to hear about the off the grid tips. I am very intrigued with this thread. More pic's would be great.
If I may ask, what type of jobs took you to AK?
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How are you getting heat under the bed? Do you have electric?
Have you seen northern lights yet this winter?
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:18 AM   #84
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What an amazing thread, you are really brave for living like that.
I grew up on the plains of the lower 48, outhouses and only a kitchen sink with water in the winter, 2 oil burning stoves in a 2 story old farm house with zero insulation. You are right, a night run to the outside at -20 with a 40mph wind teaches you control.
'Course now I don't even have to winterize, south AL is pleasant in the winter compared to your weather.
Love the pics.
Have a great, warm and safe winter.
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