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Old 11-03-2005, 10:51 PM   #1
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staying warm at 7000 feet

Let me start off by apologizing for posting this to the winterizing forum. We're not storing the trailer for the winter we're getting ready to go out and do some camping. Specifically to the Grand Canyon where it's already in the 20's at night and should be 50s during the day. What I'm looking for are your winter trailering tips. How to keep the water hose and the humans (and kitties) from freezing. We're not going to be gone for that many days so I was hoping for an alternative to wrapping the water hose. But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I should coil it up and store every night after filling the fresh water tanks. And how about those tanks? Will the furnace keep them from freezing at night? Are there any alternatives to the furnace? Things that are easy to install or temporary. I look forward to your replies as I dig around in the archives.
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We were in West Yellowstone in September. Overnight lows dipped into the mid to high 20s.

We just filled the fresh water tank, disconnected the water hose at night ... and set the furnace for 55 or 60. No problems at all. Enjoy your trip!
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Are there any alternatives to the furnace? Things that are easy to install or temporary.
Ken
Ken as noted earlier by Porky, disconnect the hose at night when things get below freezing. Run the furnace. The danger in using another heating source instead of the furnace is that you will not get air moving to critical areas. Airstream ducts the furnace to areas that are subject to freezing, so that air movement provided by the furnace is necessary.

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Thanks guys. It sounds like we're on the right track. Bring the longjohns, fill the propane tanks and take many Airstream in winter pictures. I think I'll give the furnace a test burn before leaving too.
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Old 11-04-2005, 04:09 PM   #5
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Here's a picture that might get you in the right frame of mind
http://www.sierranevadaairstreams.or...ndex.php?p=212

Your furnace should keep you warm for a couple of days in mild winter temperatures. It would be a good idea to take a genset and top off the battery charge daily. Make sure the propane bottles are full, too.
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