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Old 01-26-2012, 01:46 PM   #21
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The factory changes what it does from to time to time, sometimes with little thought behind it. I have been told the opposite—some glue, not much.

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Could be different sheet goods. Some are meant to be dry laid. That said, they expect that only baseboard or quarter round is installled to hold the edges down.
The trailer installation is different and this shows that only time exposes all the limitations of new products and techniques.
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:08 PM   #23
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When you get this sorted out I would strongly consider using some sort of heater inside the trailer to keep the inside of the trailer at or above freezing. I have winterized my trailer and it barely gets below 30 for extended periods of time but I have a smaller thermostatically controlled space heater on low heat that runs when it gets really cold. There are other things in the trailer that don't like being kept below freezing. Plastics turn to glass and condensation or other moisture turns to ice. Plastics get hard and shrink which causes stresses and since the plastic is now glass instead of plastic, it cracks.

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When you get this sorted out I would strongly consider using some sort of heater inside the trailer to keep the inside of the trailer at or above freezing. I have winterized my trailer and it barely gets below 30 for extended periods of time but I have a smaller thermostatically controlled space heater on low heat that runs when it gets really cold. There are other things in the trailer that don't like being kept below freezing. Plastics turn to glass and condensation or other moisture turns to ice. Plastics get hard and shrink which causes stresses and since the plastic is now glass instead of plastic, it cracks.

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While I suspect it would avoid a repeat incident, it might be impractical to maintain a +70F differential. I suspect that even at 0F the floor wouldn't have had the same problem, though, so it shouldn't be necessary to keep it above freezing, just above oh-my-lord-that's-cold -40.

Those sorts of temperatures put my kvetching about Texas summers into perspective... but I still look forward to a time when I can leave Texas for most of the summer!
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #25
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The cost of running a space heater in wintry climates would be very high. Of course, the damage costs can be high too.

Our TV says it is good to -4˚ F; I have left it in the trailer for 4+ winters and sometime the temps go to -15 or lower, but I figure they give you some slack. I hope I am right.

I have been in summer cabins where there was no heat and after decades the furniture glue gives up, the wood warps, and the building interior starts to warp too. This is why they heat and cool storage buildings.

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