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Old 01-03-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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Batten down the hatches!

NOAA issued the following for my area:

Winter Storm Watch now in effect. Significant Snow followed by Extreme Cold this weekend. Winter Storm Watches are now in effect for essentially the entire area through Sunday afternoon. Snow is expected to develop Saturday afternoon across the area, and become heavy at times overnight Saturday into Sunday. By the time things are winding down Sunday, areas along and south of I-44 in MO and I-70 in IL could see as much as 7 to 10 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts still possible. We of course will be fine tuning that forecast as the storm approaches. Additionally, some of the coldest air in a decade will overspread the region on Sunday night. Low temperatures could approach -10F in some locations, temperatures not seen for many years. Wind Chill values could approach -20F, producing very dangerous conditions. Now is the time to make preparations for for heavy snow, and dangerous cold! -DK

This is my first year full-timing in my 1994 28ft Excella 1000.

Spring and Summer 2012 were pleasant. Winter on the other hand has and continues to be a learning experience. I've learned how to skirt my unit and insulate all exterior water and sewer lines.

The fast approaching winter storm for my area has me concerned. -20 wind chill is extremely cold even for a well insulated home. I think I have prepared as best as I could. I have extra propane, a good space heater, electric blankets arctic sleeping bags and a loyal toasty Boston Terrier. This should prove to be a winter to remember.

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:04 PM   #2
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Your trailer should do fine, I've slept in mine down to -10.

Remember that you will not be able to use all the propane in your stock 30 pound tanks because it will not vaporize due to the cold at the rate used by your furnace. If you haven't already done so, get larger tanks now (100# or larger).
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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I have a 100 lb tank. I also have the trailers 2 40 lb tanks.
Last night I stopped by my local Lowe's and purchased a
Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Propane Heater to use as a backup space heater.
I should be okay. I'm more concerned about my water lines.
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:27 AM   #4
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I feel a bit better this morning, woke up to -2 (-18 with wind chill)this morning and still have running water and the furnace is running like a champ. I too have been fighting freezing water lines, but I must have finally licked it!
I can't tell what I am more excited for.... morning coffee, or the fact that I'm NOT outside trying to thaw water lines in this weather!!



I keep reminding myself that the worst of winter is almost over, and soon we'll be headed South West to warmer climates.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:02 AM   #5
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-17 here....-56 wind chill
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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Iced slick roads, 20 mph breezes gusting to over 45 mph, actual air temp around -10. Kind of stifles the swim suit idea. This is within 20 miles of Jackson Center, Ohio.

I am hoping the factory decides to "continue" and the progress I might see today should be including the inside walls, hopefully the correct non-standard flooring, omitted mouse "fuzz' behind the bathroom sink as a backsplash and the start of the cabinets.

More photos to follow of my unit as they become available.

Remember, even a lit candle inside a car provides enough heat to keep the occupants from freezing if the car becomes disabled. Do open the window a tiny bit for some fresh air to get in.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:41 AM   #7
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Minus 20 here with wind chills of minus 50. Haven't seen the birds at my feeders this puffed out in years. I don't have to work today, Chris works from home. Good day for quilting!

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Old 01-06-2014, 08:52 AM   #8
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Guess I could tell y'all about our problems here, but it would be nothing in comparison.....it's 26 degrees, and I had to turn the furnace on to keep things from freezing.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:20 AM   #9
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While setting in a restaurant last night I heard some locals complaining about the cold. My DW joined in saying she was freezing too. It's going to be down around 30 tonight in central FL. I could not help laughing at them, thinking of all you who are up north are having to deal with!

Though, I feel for the farmers who will lose their winter crops due to heavy frost.
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Airstream factory disclosed today. Or at least no one is answering the phones!
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:35 AM   #11
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:12 AM   #12
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In January 2007 my wife and I were returning to Springfield MO from picking up our Airstream in Lancaster PA. We decided to come home via blue highways. The weather was turning bad -- we were somewhere that evening in West Virginia climbing the road to Cheat Mountain when we got caught in a white out --- the first one and hopefully the last one we have even been in.

I was looking for a place to pull over but didn't find one. We were pulling our trailer with a 1985 Chevrolet 3/4 2wd pickup. I was spinning the wheels as we inched up the mountain, some guy tried to pass us and we hoped he'd make it.

When we finally reached the top there was a school on the left side of the road, I could barely see the driveway from the drifting snow, we pulled in and realized The wind was blowing in the back of the trailer, somehow I got the trailer turned around
with the truck blocking the wind...sort of. We left the truck motor running all night to keep the batteries on the trailer charged, Luckily we had dual tanks on the truck. We were afraid to run the furnace because of the draw on the batteries but we had one of those propane heaters by the stove, and we ran the oven and the burners to warm us up adn then would shut it off because we didn't know how much propane was in the tanks.

We sleep in the couch with our clothes and coats on and covered in blankets.

It was brutal! We didn't sleep much and got up about 5.... a truck had crashed going down the mountain so we were stopped by the police for about three hours until the raod was cleared. The trip down the mountain was adventurous.. we saw the semi crash. it was a fatality crash, missed a curve and crashed into a tree in a man's front yard.

It was so cold. This was in 2007.

TOday in SGF MO it is brutal out! I walked next door to our son's house --the walk over wasn't too bad, but the walk back, the wind cut like a knife.

Glad we are in a warm house.
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With weather like this, next winter in Tucson sounds like a good plan.
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:23 PM   #14
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With weather like this, next winter in Tucson sounds like a good plan.
Amen to that!! We've decided that this WILL be our last Winter in KS. Tucson or Bust!

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