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Old 12-02-2006, 06:59 AM   #15
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Aria,

I am permanently parked on my property. We are building a house and the 'Stream is our home for the moment. We made a permanent RV hookup, ran electric from our pole (underground) and pipes to our underground septic tank. Water is piped underground from our well-house. We are wintering over in the Airstream, building on the house will not resume until Spring.

The 'Stream has been winterized with 1 inch foam as a skirting which I painted silver to match - might have been a mistake, the paint dissolved some of the foam so it has a "stucco" effect.

I also made insulated foamcore and fabric panels for the single pane oval windows and all the access doors. All holes inside the trailer have been plugged.

We have gutted the kitchen but I have a counter top with a convection oven, 2 burner hot plate, coffee maker and fridge. To help keep holding tanks and water lines from freezing, there is an inside access doorway in the counter which catches residual heat from one of the heaters. The air inside the countertop filters back to the bathroom pipes and is probably around 50-60 degrees at any given time.

Yesterday, I had to turn off one of the heaters for a while. It popped up to 80 degrees inside, causing the ice on the roof to begin melting and come crashing to the ground. Pieces of ice were hitting the sides as they came down! Aside from possible damage (which I haven't checked yet) the crashing ice was spooking my dogs.

So far, the only issue I have is no hot water. However, that will be remedied next week by the local RV place. I asked for help and they sent someone out (since I'm permamently parked) and we are buying a Sears 6 gallon tank for him to install. He's modifying the tank in some way and putting a manual switch on the wall so that I can turn the tank on and off at will. Currently, when I need hot water, I just boil a pan on the stove or run water through the coffee maker.

In the mornings, due to extreme weather - the inside skin of the 'Stream is cold in the bedroom. I use an electric blanket, so I don't notice this unless I accidentally touch the walls. After strenous play in the snow, both dogs retire to the bedroom to sleep on the electric blanket, which I keep on a low temp at all times.

I keep both heaters running in the living area, rather than the bedroom. This morning, we're right at 70 degrees. It is 18 degrees outside.

I'm lucky because my parents live next door, so I can go take long hot showers and do my laundry there.

Its pretty much like camping at a full service camp site with all the amenities. So far, wintering in the 'Stream has not changed my routine much.

~ Merry
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Old 12-02-2006, 07:05 AM   #16
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Here is a photo of the Airstream with the foamcore panel skirting and sitting in its permanent position (for the moment).

The female black dog is Echo, the male white dog is Flint. They are dressed in their Christmas antlers for the holidays. Niether is thrilled with my choice of their attire. We have a family tradition started by my Pa, of naming our dogs after characters in Louis L'Amour novels.

~ Merry
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Old 12-02-2006, 07:33 AM   #17
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Here is a photo of the Airstream with the foamcore panel skirting and sitting in its permanent position (for the moment).

The female black dog is Echo, the male white dog is Flint. They are dressed in their Christmas antlers for the holidays. Niether is thrilled with my choice of their attire. We have a family tradition started by my Pa, of naming our dogs after characters in Louis L'Amour novels.

~ Merry
Way cool, hey, that looks like is should go in the December Photo Contest (hint)
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Merry ~ Your Airstream looks great! You have the largest jackalope I have ever seen. They look a little different then the one's out west.
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Old 12-02-2006, 08:58 AM   #19
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But Rivet Master Blgrn,

The Airstream itself is NOT decorated - the decorations are on the fence, the gate, the stool beside the door and the jackalopes...<G>. Isn't a decorated Airstream part of the contest?

But since you are the RivetMaster and I am the lowly riveter...er...rivetee? I shall enter it in the contest.

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Richard,

Yes, my jackalope is pretty large. He's only supposed to weigh 30 pounds. The little porker is at about 40 now...time for a diet!

~ Merry <laughing>
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But Rivet Master Blgrn,

The Airstream itself is NOT decorated - the decorations are on the fence, the gate, the stool beside the door and the jackalopes...<G>. Isn't a decorated Airstream part of the contest?

But since you are the RivetMaster and I am the lowly riveter...er...rivetee? I shall enter it in the contest.

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One of my favorite things to do after a heavy snowfall and the sun comes out, is to go out in the woods and listen to the wind blowing through the covered evergreens, breaking the dead silence!
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:53 AM   #24
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Merry, happy artic conditions from another Missourian. You look like you've planned well for your winter in the Airstream. Have you read the Ruby Slipper thread about wintering in Missouri from several years ago? Full of mishaps and solutions. Love your dogs and Christmas decs! ~G
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