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Old 05-10-2008, 02:26 PM   #21
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After reading in the Winter Forum, it sounds like people are able to live full-time through very cold winters in their Airstreams. It sounds like the best way to do it is to get an old AS and rebuild it using 3rd party enhancements. Better insulation, better furnace, skirt, and eletric heating pads seem to be common solutions. So I am going to consider living in one "possible", and move on to the next question of "where" I could put one that is close to Parsippany NJ. I am still working my way through all the links people gave me last time, lol.
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:04 PM   #22
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When we first got our Airstream, we spent three nights in Lancaster, CA where the temperature got down to 10 degrees every night. We were warm and toasty all night every night with the original furnace (1969 Overlander) that worked very well. The park water froze at night so we could only hook up to water during the day. One of the nights a cold winter storm front came through and it rained and blew wind like crazy.....we were warm and toasty.....we had a black water tank leak that formed an ice cube outside under the back bumper but none of the pipes froze in the trailer. I am not sure what would happen with 3 months of this kind of weather....but for what its worth, I wouldn't be discouraged from checking it out. Good luck and let us know how it goes, pj
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:10 AM   #23
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Hi Innjtown,

I give you credit, you are doing your homework! As you have read on this forum, everyone has an opinion....some similar, some opposite.

It's not that you can't live in an AS in the freezing conditions of NJ, but, do you want to keep up with everything necessary to remain comfortable in those conditions? keeping the propane bottles filled, keeping the water and sewer lines from freezing, keeping yourself from freezing.

I have been a full-time RVr for over 10 years. Although I try to stay in more temperate weather, part of that time was in extreme tempratures.....WY in the winter, and AZ in the summer. Having traveled in the AS and SOB (can I say '83 Avion 34'?), the SOB has much better insulation in both cold and hot weather extremes.

The winter-living was much more difficult, but, not impossible. I used the heat tape on the fresh water, and only dumped the sewer when it was full. I used Vornado heaters in the living room and bed room when at most campgrounds, and the KozyWorld gas heat when I was paying the electric bill.

I would suggest a visit to the campground you are considering, and talk with the management. Some have time limits on your stay and age limits on the RV and/or occupants. If you are concerned about the safety factor of an RV park, stop by the local police station and inquire.

As far as which sounds like you prefer being more minimal. Check out the floor plans on-line, and visit you local dealer. AS has a smaller unit with a front bed, mid kitchen/dinette, corner bath, and a desk. (smaller is easier to heat, and easier tow with a smaller vehicle).

Keep doing your homework, and best of luck with your adventure. I do not think there is a right or wrong answer to your delima, only the best for your situation.

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