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Old 01-29-2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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winter full time in montana

ok so i was in here this summer and forgot my passwords etc. when moved ha.. so here i am back again, we total remodeled out overlander, still doing some more construction as live in it, full time living here ... today is 20 below zero... and we are staying warm with our suburban furnace though it is loud. we have the precision temp hot water heater so all time water, plenty and works well, we got the winterizing kit with it... but we also put a light bulb outside near its opening for extra winter protect. sort of wish we forked over the extra and got the precision w/heater that also had in floor heat also but we didn't ... we put 3 layers of foil bubble insulation in walls with new skins, bamboo flooring stainless kitchen randy built in the wheel wells with aluminum stud framing and fiberglass insulation, we skirted with aluminum total new insulation under floor. we are doing well and love it, have an akita that shares our space so we built a fence for her outside i will try to send some picts. it would have been easier had we gotten all the construction done while not in but we are in it now ... building house perhaps in fall so we plan to stay put here for a long time. i think i would't mind just having this but we'll see in time, been in it since oct. now
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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Good for you guys! Montana is so beautiful, hope to be there in the spring.
Keep posting and let us know how it's going.






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Old 01-29-2008, 11:44 AM   #3
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Arrow Fotos please

Hi mtMagpie!

I'm a visual kinda guy, so how bout some toasty fotos of your aluminum igloo

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Old 01-29-2008, 06:57 PM   #4
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pictures of our winter "igloo"

hope these came through ok, new computer
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:16 PM   #5
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mtmagpie,
Looks, and sounds, like you have a pretty good handle on this winter camping business. Next to your 20 below, my 5 below sounds piddly. Head'in up Montana way this summer around the Bozeman-Great Falls area. Can't find Colstrip in my handy dandy RoadMaster Atlas. Will do a little Google earth, but is it anywhere near Bozeman-Great Falls?. If so, is there anything I "must see"?
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:12 AM   #6
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things to see in mt

one of favorites around the bozeman area are the lewis and clark caverns..along with yellowstone park of course and glacier if you get up to n.w. corner. as for colstrip ha.. is just a coal mine/power plant town east of billings. husband has about 6 years left to retire from here then we can get this airstream on the road. this wk we finish the ceiling and ceiling lights which am looking forward to and then we have the bathroom sink/cabinets to finish up as well now. the final bit will be the aluminum in living room area, didn't put the plastic end cap up again, instead we are going to do pie shape alum pieces to finish that sofa end. .. it should be a bit tricky but am sure we can get it accomplished.
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:48 AM   #7
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You do have fine taste in toasters. Looks like a Dualit two slice. I use the same toaster in my Airstream and a four slice in the house. Hope your winter is a good one. You're proof that it can be done.
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:17 PM   #8
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yes it is

i love my toaster, makes me smile every morning... had a 4,000 sq ft home now to this 180 ?sq ft. but we got messed up with the mortgage stuff, sold the house and left my design job to be with husband here full time rather then him commuting... i think i made the best choice and we will recover this winter and i have the fun of airstream design now rather then house ha. funny thing in big house we lived in only two rooms anyway.. the house we build next will be much smaller then the other one.
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:19 PM   #9
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Found ya

Howdy out there in Rosebud County, Montana! We found ya on Yahoo/maps and it certainly looks sparcely populated. Stay warm and take good care of each other. Welcome.
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:15 PM   #10
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Having lived in Miles City for 7+ years and spent many cold nights in Colstrip I would have to say your winterizing the Airstream sufficiently to withstand the weather is quite an accomplishment.
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:29 PM   #11
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I admire both your endurance and courage in the face of change. Stay warm and comfortable.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:41 PM   #12
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Chico Hot Springs

Now you need to treat yourself to a nice warm Hotsprings at Chico And fine
dining as well.......OOOHHHH I wish we were there now as it will be -2 here
in Sun Valley tonight. Your trailer looks neat! Good job! Regards & Happy Trails come spring, Betty
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:20 AM   #13
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hotsprings would be nice...

thanks Betty, that sounds very nice perhaps we'll try to do that... when the construction is finished inside. we just got our bathroom sink in, so plumbing all done, it was marvelous to go from washing in buckets of boiling water to having the tub and sinks all in and working well. love the tankless water heater. for some reason my picts aren't fitting so i can't add more .. have a great blue rubber sink in bathroom .. yes rubber ha.. light weight and so cute. was by a designer in denmark thru unica home but the blue is now discontinued though they have white still avail. husband said needed to keep weight down, was pricey but is sooo cute!
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How awesome! I love reading about Airstream winters. How is everything on the inside? With your new insulation job, are you running into many problems?
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