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Old 09-15-2006, 01:26 PM   #1
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Wintering In an AS

Can we successfully winter in our 34' AS by applying the heavy canvas skirting and maybe placing a trouble light with a low wattage bulb on a stand under the unit to prevent freezing. We live in our AS. It is our only home although we are not officially fulltimers since we still work, and I dont want the lines to freeze. I know that the tanks and lines are warmed by the furnace, but is this enough for this part of the country? Thanks
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Old 09-15-2006, 01:51 PM   #2
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As I recall from living in Little Rock for 4 years, the winters in Arkansas are mild, but it can get snowy and icy at times. Airstreams aren't the best insulated RVs out there, but with proper precautions used for winter insulating and heating, you probably will do OK.
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I'd generally agree. You properly note that you must be running the furnace to force heated air around the tanks. Actual plumbing is usually above the floor but you might want to pay attention to the area around your tank dump valves. In the worst weather you'd want to leave lower storage doors open so that warm air can circulate under cabinets.

A good search term would be 'wintering' -- member Rubyslipper's thread began many discussions on this topic.

I grew up in San Antonio and Bryan, Texas. Slab foundation homes in the south frequently have pipes over the ceiling. I recall one cold spell (temps in the mid-teens) when a neighbor's house had a pipe break overhead. Dripping outdoor faucets wasn't enough to keep from freeze-up in all situations. Be prepared. Could you winterize quickly if you had to? Even up here we haven't had a bad winter in over 10 years -- I'm waiting...!
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Old 09-15-2006, 03:01 PM   #4
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I spent 3 winters in NE Oklahoma in a 25ft SOB TT. It was not four season and the lines, tanks, or spigot never froze. Hooked to city water and just traded out the hose every morning and let the other thaw in the shower. The furnace kept it warm and cozy. It never frooze even during and ice storm. Am I looking at the both option here?
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I honestly don't think SOBs or Airstreams are any different on this issue. The metal construction doesn't have much to do with that statement -- 2" of fiberglass or metallized mylar bubble insulation can only do so much. I hear of some Canadian and maybe a Fox River RV that perform better in cold conditions.

Just keep your ear on weather forecasts if something heavy is coming. It's not always the storm but the clear sky cold afterward. Do Arkansans call 'em 'blue northers' (coming out of northern New Mexico and Colorado) like we did in Texas?
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I don't think the weather here is severe really. Just an occassional ice storm. Of course I lived in Michigan once upon a time. After I moved back to Oklahoma it is funny to see people scurry to the grocery store and by up all the milk, bread , etc when they are getting an inch of snow that doesn't even stay on the ground 24 hrs. I think I am just worried more since I finally have the AS and not some used SOB like in the past. I guess dreams really do come true!
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I've lived full-time in my AS for the past 2 winters (summers too--aren't they easy!) in snow country, in Colorado.
It has required a new level of vigiliance for me. When I decided to do it everyone around here thought I was crazy.
I never skirted mine. Only cause I didn't know how. I'm glad to learn on these forums.
Several key things for me: heat tape wrapped on all exposed plumbing (I have an actual water hose about 6' long from a wellhead to the bumper!) This heat tape has an integrated thermostat which kicks in at 33 degrees. On the outside of that is foam pipe insulation. With this set-up, I still had to leave faucets going pretty strong to keep from freezing, as you can imagine. Lord help me if the power went out. Then I broke out the Mr. Heater which attaches to the top of a propane bottle to keep things open enough until the power came back on...thankfully that didn't happen too much!
I had the propane company put in a large tank and directly hooked the AS up to it. That was the best move ever, as I no longer switched out tanks to stay warm...it cost me about $70 month in gas.

there's so much more, but don't want to be a bore! Let me know if I can help, I finally bought a house and so I'm selling the beloved Airstream!
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Hi Jana,
We did the opposite-sold the house and bought an AS. Thanks for the tips and I don't find them boring at all. Seems like I am not the only one with these questions.
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Has anyone spent a winter in Montana?
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IF it does not get below freezing for too long you will be ok.
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Actually we have a SOB manufacturer on the field where I work. Artic Fox from Northwoods/Nash is there cold weather unit.
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I was there until just after Thanksgiving. It got above freezing during the day and down to 20 at night. I am not going to spend the winter in Montana in my AS until I have some shelter for her. That may happen Winter 08/09.
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Thanks.I'm wanting to spend the winter around Yellowstone photographing and was wondering if anyone had put there AS through such cold weather.
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