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Old 11-08-2015, 06:10 PM   #1
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winter living

i recently purchased an airstream to use as a rental.......

please tell me how to keep it warm in the winter....i live in northern new mexico and it gets cold/snow.....

is there a way to have running water in the wintertime.....???

already i have mice.....HELP.... i have mice that like to live in my car, shed and now the airstream.....any advice on how to keep them out and get rid of them....
i have dogs so i hate to put down poison but i am desperate......

thank you so much for any advice you can give me...
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:51 PM   #2
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There are a couple threads here about mice. We have an indoor car and have seen no evidence of mice upstairs. I did find a dead mouse in the basement once.

As for keeping the water going, you have a couple of options. One is to buy a heated hose. If you have a frost-proof faucet and a handy electrical outlet that may be your simplest bet, although certainly not the cheapest. If this is to be a "fixture" coach (one that doesn't move) you can build skirting around it. Don't use hay/straw bales as they will bring in mice and other critters trying to keep warm. Use thick foam insulation panels (2" panels, doubled or tripled) cut to fit. Put a heat source under the coach but make sure that it isn't touching anything that could get hot and start a fire. Most likely your furnace has a duct going to your tank area, so be sure to keep that furnace going.

Speaking of that furnace, you will go through quite a bit of propane. You might want to arrange for a propane company to set up a larger tank and keep it filled. If not, check your propane cylinders daily, and change the empty one immediately.

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Old 11-08-2015, 09:30 PM   #3
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Years ago I wintered over one year in an older 5th wheel in the Colorado mountains; the coldest spell we had was a week of -20F nights and 0F days - nothing froze, but I prepped for it as folllows.
• 110vac tank heaters on all tanks.
• The uninsulated open belly was lined in Reflectix.
• Heat tape on the water in hose and spigot then wrapped in Reflectix.
• Heat tape on the dirty water out lines up to a few inches after the hose starts then all of it wrapped in Reflectix.
• Skirt for the trailer made from the plasticized paper they wrap bunks of lumber with to keep the air from moving under it.
• Oil filled electric heater as primary heat.
• Keep gas tanks full and leave the furnace set a little above the electric heat.
• On warmer days vent out the moisture (a dehumidifier would have been better).
• Cook on a hot plate to keep from burning up and poluting the breathing air (or crack open vents when cooking).
• Length of the rig curb side facing south, ends pointing east and west.
• Couple of layers of Reflectix cut to fit in the vent openings.

The PO of ours had 3 dogs and left food out. The mice joined the party, took up residence and likely had a good pantry in the walls, floor, etc. I sealed up any entry ways I could find. Three traps netting at least one a day and 3 months later no more mice.
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Old 11-09-2015, 06:19 AM   #4
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Rental? Long term? Stationary? Campground? Winter rental? Hookups?

How much will you charge? How much will it cost you?
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