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Old 12-16-2013, 12:23 AM   #85
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Ok, here are some more info:
Right now, I do have electric, but this summer in the natl forest, I did not. I also have cell service!! Summer location, no cell service.

As far as off the grid tips: if you use a generator, let it run a while! It actually takes quite some time to really make difference in the battery charge (depends on converter wattage). Always fill two spare cans of fuel. I was 85 miles from gas so I had to be careful. I recommend learning to play an acoustic instrument, a great way to kill time!

Northern lights: this year, yes. I actually saw them during the sunrise for the first time. Very pretty. Almost makes the cold worth it!

This year temps have been mostly above zero, but about now is when it starts to stay below or single digits. I am in a very mild part of AK com paired to Fairbanks.

As far as the under bed heat, I temporarily have an electric heater under there, but I am getting my furnace fixed!! Yeah! Back up heat!! And I have ducting routed under the bed. I hope to use the propane furnace to supplement the coal stove. One thing to note is propane is not popular in ak because it doesn't really flow well below -20. In rural Alaska, people use heating oil, which is diesel fuel. But, it's just a secondary source for me, so I'm not worried.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:32 AM   #86
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:05 AM   #87
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Hello Streamline-

Love your post! Since May I've been full-timing in my '94 Excella 1000.
Summer was wonderful, winter has been a learning experience. I finally have the frozen exterior pipes issued resolved. I'm as snug as a bug in a aluminum bun.

The attached photo was taken last week during a winter storm. Temps near 2 degrees.

Enjoying my Airstream in Missouri.

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Old 12-16-2013, 11:07 AM   #88
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I just found this thread an I think it is great! I visited AK for the first time last summer and loved it. I like to imagine moving there someday and doing something similar to what you are...

A couple questions: How did you find your parking location(s)? What kind of work do you do? What is the cost of living for a full timer up there?

Thanks, and stay warm!
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:57 AM   #89
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"A couple questions: How did you find your parking location(s)? What kind of work do you do? What is the cost of living for a full timer up there?"

I work a regular 9 to 5 office job. I also campground host in the summer. Cost of living is more than the lower 48. The little stuff adds up. Especially shipping on large items, but it's not like it was back in the day.

Still streamlining! It's another easy year!
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:59 AM   #90
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Almost forgot the parking space! They are hard to find close to town! I asked an empty lot landowner in a rural neighborhood if she was interested in renting her land, and she was.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:43 AM   #91
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Must feel like spring up there already. Friend in Anchorage said it was 38 degs. yesterday. Had a -19 here in northern Michigan. WTH !!!!!!!
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:48 PM   #93
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Love it. Glad you are still doing well. I was complaining about our dusting of snow this morning and temps at 33.
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:16 AM   #94
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How close to the window frame did you install the double wall pipe? The closer to the frame I can put the pipe, the less dead space there will be on one side of the stove. Thanks. I'm looking at Morso stoves right now. Only problem with them is they only take a 12" log. that's a lot of cutting.
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Winter in the Rockies

I'm planning on spending the winter around the outskirts of Calgary, AB, Canada this winter.
I'll be in touch and letting you know what steps I'll be taking to keep warm and wet too.
I plan on keeping the water systems heated throughout the winter as well.
Have you considered running a hot air duct from your stove along side your water lines?
Do you think the Kimberly is an overkill stove for a 34" Excella?

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How close to the window frame did you install the double wall pipe? The closer to the frame I can put the pipe, the less dead space there will be on one side of the stove. Thanks. I'm looking at Morso stoves right now. Only problem with them is they only take a 12" log. that's a lot of cutting.

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I'm planning on spending the winter around the outskirts of Calgary, AB, Canada this winter.

I'll be in touch and letting you know what steps I'll be taking to keep warm and wet too.

I plan on keeping the water systems heated throughout the winter as well.

Have you considered running a hot air duct from your stove along side your water lines?

Do you think the Kimberly is an overkill stove for a 34" Excella?



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The inside water stays fairly warm, my issue is draining the grey water, and my water source. Also, I never got that darn furnace fixed, so it has been exclusively coal/wood again this last year.

The Kimberly would not be overkill! My trailer is 29' and the Morso is a much larger stove than the Kimberly (from what I know). I found on the coldest days, a second heat source on the opposite side end of the trailer was helpful.
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Looks great. THanks for the photo. I don't think this post is going in the right place.
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