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Old 05-05-2020, 05:25 PM   #1
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Hello all. I recently retired from the Air Force after serving more than 40 years (24 active duty/16 civil service). I've researched RVs for about 2.5 years and I've narrowed it down to two completely different manufacturers: Outdoors RV Titanium & Anniversary Edition Travel Trailers (TT)and Airstream. Question: I plan to full-time RV in the Winter and I was curious whether anyone in this forum has lived full-time in their RVs at mountain ski resorts with their Airstream RV. I look forward to your comments - thank you!
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Old 05-05-2020, 05:50 PM   #2
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RVMustang, first - thank you for your years of service to the country! Welcome to the Airstream Community and Forums.

I’m sure you are aware Airstreams are not Four-Season rated trailers. I’m not familiar with the other brand you mentioned but there are several that do advertise to be winter capable.

If you have access to shore power and unlimited propane, you could keep an Airstream comfortable but only down to 20-25F if you plan to use water. Airstreams do heat the tank areas which will give you some additional protection below freezing.

If you winterize and dry camp, you could definitely go lower as long as you can supplement the furnace with an additional heat source. Some use propane catalytic or electric heaters but be mindful of the risks associated.

I’m sure others will offer some real world experience. Good luck in your search!
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Old 05-05-2020, 06:25 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your retirement.

There are people who have used Airstreams during ski season with some site modifications, extra equipment, copious attention to details, and realistic expectations of what to expect.

But on the whole, Airstreams are designed/engineered to be one of the best possible 3 season trailers. They are lightweight to tow, have great windows for lots of ventilation, and are equipped to work well between 90 degree high and about 25 degree low* (*overnight lows with higher daytime temps. Water systems kept from freezing by using the furnace, and a heat-taped water hose)

There are other types of RV equipment that have been engineered to be 4-season equipment. If you go to the Minnesota State Fair you can see Ice Fishing trailers that are truly rated for winter use. They have more insulation, hardly any window area, and are cozy. And heavy and dark and claustrophobic as compared to an Airstream.

Some ski areas are colder than others. I think "it depends" may be the answer to your question.

FWIW, I personally would not want to deal with the hassle of winter Airstream camping. But maybe you would. Skirting and insulation around the tires, adding a heat lamp to the underbelly section to keep things from freezing. Paying special attention to dumping and waste freezing (waste valves too). Power outages would be a worry as well.

I have heard good things about this brand of winter rated RVs--Arctic Fox.

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Here's a really good talk about 4 season trailers and insulating them. He's not selling Airstreams but this will give you some good background and things to think about. Scroll down to the video titled "What does a Four Seasons RV Really Mean?".

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RVMustang, congrats on your retirement and thank you for your service.
We have not used our AS in the snow or below freezing temperatures, so I can't speak to that question. However, before we bought our AS, our decision was between Airstream and Outdoors RV Titanium Series. Compared to other brands of bumper pull travel trailers we looked at, the top line OutdoorsRV was by far the best. For our type of travel, the AS seemed a better fit, and we love it. If I were going to live in it at a ski area for extended periods, I believe I would opt for the Outdoors RV. Built for 4 season use, higher ground clearance, roomier, larger tanks, just to name a few.
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If you get an Airstream with bare aluminum interior walls, and you go winter camping in it, I DARE you to lick the walls!
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