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Old 12-09-2010, 04:23 PM   #127
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On DIY "This New House" today, they reviewed wood pellet heat systems, one of which sits outside, pipes heated air into an indoor heat exchanger, then heat is distributed throughout the building using whatever system is available (forced air, radiant, etc). No idea on price, but the concept was nice. Pellets were processed with heat, made from salvaged timber, from blight or insect falls.

Have you seen those RV "condos" online? A house built around a coach, with extra room for visitors, laundry, full size kitchen.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:52 PM   #128
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Here is the link to the vacation house/RV cabana concept. Iphone does not do flash, so I can't tell if the coaches are to be parked indoors. If not, that would do nothing to add to the conversation here:-) Looks like the coach is the sleeping quarters, but in winter in Montana?!

http://www.rvoasismontana.com/cabanas.html
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:56 PM   #129
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HoosierGypsy- The insulation I used is called Reflectix, Double Reflective Foil Insulation, and I got it at Lowe's. I got the 2' wide X 25' roll and it fit pretty well without much trimming. I read all 8 pages of this blog and thought through wood, styrofoam, even bales of hay, but decided to wander through Home Depot and Lowes to see what I could find. There's actually a comment in one of the messages about reflective or foil insulation but I didn't really understand what they were talking about. My first thought for using this Reflectix was to tape it to the chrome strip that runs along the bottom of the side of my trailer and I read somewhere in this blog that Gorilla Tape would stick, but it sure wouldn't stick to my strip....although the strip might have been damp when I tried it. I didn't actually notice the little gap under the botttom of the strip until I tried to wedge the insulation against it and damn if it didn't slip right in. I've still got a few little gaps around the bumpers and wheelwells, but it's keeping everything toasty, so "What Me Worry?" I even noticed that an armadillo has moved in under there.....
Might have to use some heat, maybe a blow dryer. What about the 'real' duct tape? The silver stuff, the 600mph tape somebody said they use on jet window repairs? I've had to improvise with that tape on the Trade Wind, and it goes on well, and stays on in rain and freezing.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:59 PM   #130
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Hi What type of soft insulation did you use? what kind of tape adheres to the Airstream? Is this a simple task that could be done frequently?
thank you for the info in advance....hoosiergypsy it is nice here but getting too cold at night...
Yes, too cold to get window repairs done this week. Almost too cold to work inside, too.

I'm in Indy, Southside. Where are you?
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:09 PM   #131
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Somehow I'm having a hard time justifying putting antifreeze in my tanks and lines and trusting that I can flush it all out so my water will be safe to drink or even brush my teeth. Hopefully this will work for the few days we get below freezing down here......
RV antifreeze will not hurt you. Thats why they sell it as RV ANTIFREEZE.
When you flush it out in the spring, usually the second flush removes any trace. It does not appear to spoil the filter ability, but does take a full flush to run clear.
I usually run the bleach on the second flush, which I think is always a good idea after the trailer sits for any length of time. (info on this is available on this site)
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About the anti-freeze -- I had a bad cold last month, picked up some of that night-time cold medicine. I read labels of store brands vs big name brands, and in the list I ran across the chemical, propylene glycol.

That's the antifreeze that will hurt you and must be kept away from those who can't read.

And it's in an over the counter syrup.

Pass the brandy for a good ol' toddy next time :-)
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:44 PM   #132
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oh my.... i'm heading south with the birds.... I was thinking of Colorado, but I'll wait. Too much for me as a first timer....plus, I will look forward to stories (survival stories) on the road from you winter bird survivors. I'll learn then! Keep up the posts... so much information to store for future.
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About the anti-freeze -- I had a bad cold last month, picked up some of that night-time cold medicine. I read labels of store brands vs big name brands, and in the list I ran across the chemical, propylene glycol.

That's the antifreeze that will hurt you and must be kept away from those who can't read.

And it's in an over the counter syrup.

Pass the brandy for a good ol' toddy next time :-)
Car/Automobile antifreeze is either Ethylene glycol (i.e. the sweet cat/dog killing stuff) or some of the "newer" organic concoctions emerging on the market today.

Propylene glycol (i.e. RV antifreeze, ala the pink stuff) is much less toxic, is on the "Generally Regarded as Safe" list, and is actually used in meat products (look at the bacon in your freezer/fridge) as well as in cosmetics (i.e. deodorants, etc).
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I checked out the RVOASIS website and they state that all you have to do is park your RV next to the structure, pull your boat out of the garage and start playing....or something like that. The key is that you park your RV outside......
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I presently am in Grove OK. summer in Cedar Lake, In da region..... also part time around Columbus, IN...
will return to Indiana around mid April.....
take care and keep the fires burning
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also just poured 1/2 gallon of vodka in my fresh water.... it took me quite a bit of flushing to remove the rv anti freeze....I do not intend on being below freezing for long periods of time..or being without heat.
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My first thought for using this Reflectix was to tape it to the chrome strip that runs along the bottom of the side of my trailer and I read somewhere in this blog that Gorilla Tape would stick, but it sure wouldn't stick to my strip....although the strip might have been damp when I tried it.
I would not tape anything to the chrome like band in the trim (technically, "extrusion") running around the bottom of the aluminum panels. It's also used along the beltline on many Airstreams. That fake chrome is actually a plastic insert with a sticky backing. Any silver sided tape might pull it out when removed or take the finish off.

There are several types of silver tape on the market. One is called aluminum tape and another has a similar finish and is marketed to seal leaks in pipes. Both stick very well. Duct tape might work, but some brands can be very difficult to remove in one piece and then you have to remove the glueWD-40 works for that.

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Thanks, Gene. That's good to know. I worried some about getting the tape glue off. So far the reflectix is staying up well just wedged under the trim.
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Finally got my actual furnace running. Slowly transitioning to full time. had a oil radiator up to this point to keep the pipes from freezin. also leasing a 500 gal. propane tank for at least the winter for heat. If nothing else it's a learning experience!
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Thanks for helping me with the facts.

Better living through chemistry, I guess.

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Car/Automobile antifreeze is either Ethylene glycol ...

Propylene glycol (i.e. RV antifreeze, ala the pink stuff) ... used in meat products (look at the bacon in your freezer/fridge) as well as in cosmetics (i.e. deodorants, etc).
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