Originally Posted by AWCHIEF
I recently bought a months supply of long term storage food from Wise for the trailer. Living in a storm area we can never tell when either food or cash might be in short supply. The Airstream is my escape capsule if it is necessary to leave town in a hurry. What are others thoughts on this?
Part of owning a trailer is, IMO, to logically extend its capacities to their full extent, in concert with the TV. This is a function of weight capacity, partly, but more wise planning against water capacity which is the real limiting factor.
Propane is the reason camping RVs are possible. Cooking and refrigeration have priority over internal air temps. But some trade off will have to be done to keep fresh water from freezing.
The other system, electricity, isn't important at all past the furnace fan. (More below). Same for clothing. Cold and wet gear, not just shirt sleeve weather clothing. Always aboard, in my case.
That said, what is the maximum number of people to sleep aboard? Not just beds, but floor? Or the trailer as center to a group of those in tents. What then is the best use of that trailer? Etc. Plenty of scenarios depending on family. Radio transceivers, WiFi, a trailer can be useful as an electrical source to some extent.
So, much depends as well on those it would conceivably serve. And how.
Living in hurricane country brings more of this into focus. I look at two weeks without re-supply for two as being a reasonable, easy, goal for my rig. And could carry a good deal more food than two weeks worth.
So at some point a water bladder to carry in the bed, or a big tote carried empty on the trailer exterior (pump and filters and connections) would be the easiest way for me to re-fill the fresh water tanks.
Some ice chests that can carry food frozen the full 8-10 hours which hurricane victims tell me are necessary to use as a round trip. Better to stock up on No. 10 cans as I see it. (I have unused CCC). Make that an optional trip, IOW.
That, and extra propane tanks covers most everything past a decent solar system. If all I had to do was get water and propane, the trailer could conceivably set a very long time against what constitutes an emergency.
The need for air-conditioning is the real bug-a bear. Wet bulb temps of 85F are classified as unendurable in very short order. This isn't a matter of personal comfort, it is deeper. And dead serious. Oldest and youngest suffer the most. Lack of sleep makes everything else worse and the likelihood of accidental injury higher.
What passes for RV gensets are a short term bridge. A few days. A joke, compared to the other systems. One that is costly as it needs almost daily oil changes and constant fuel re-supply.
In the oilfield, gate guards are supplied 15-25 KWH trailer-mounted diesel gensets as these are the only long term solution.
Moving along to a place with full hookups is a short matter of time in hottest weather.
Extra battery capacity makes sense, but not so it upsets the TT weight and balance. Quality (battery design) seems most important as a path to follow.
A trailer beats no shelter, and it seems prudent to me to get the most from a given rig. To do some testing to plug any leaks in the dam before the real thing.
I'd much rather be in my TT than a motel in the event of leaving home in a disaster. This makes my concept of RV more inclusive than "travel " or "recreational " suggest.
So I think it a matter a working with what one has to make the most of it. To know the limits.