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Old 01-21-2006, 08:36 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Winter living in a Airstream

Hi from Montana, I live in a 1977 31' rear bath Airstream Land Yacht that I bought from a lady in Duluth MN In April of 05, and pulled it to Kalispell MT in June of 05. I do missions work for a christian group known as YWAM ( Youth With a Mission) here in Kalispell & on the Flathead Indian Reservation. I live at a RV Park in Kalispell MT, I have trailers on both sides of my site one is a new 06 Coachman and the other is a 04 Jayco that have had there tanks and traps frozen up, the Coachman also had a main water line break inside. We had a very cold streach here for awhile the coldest was -20, I have had no troubles with my Aistream at all. Befor I bought My Airstream I did many HRS of research on what to buy. I chose to buy Airstream because of there qaulity in workmanship and there resell value far excedes any other travel trailer on the market. I am very Proud of my vintage Airstream it was very well taken care of, and also have had many comments on how nice it looks for its age. Have safe trips and happy roads to you all this summer and if you are planing a trip to Montana and you get up to Kalispell look me up I am staying at Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park its a nice park to stay at. Keep polishing those vintage Airstreams and GOD BLESS...
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Old 01-21-2006, 10:38 PM   #2
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It is great to hear your kind of story about how well vintage units perform. You must have a good furnace and I assume you have heat taped your incoming water line.

I need to look you up on a map. We are heading up to Grand Teton & Yellowstone in late may/early june. Coming out for the Intl rally as early as weather will permit.
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Old 01-21-2006, 10:44 PM   #3
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Do you use a dehumidifier in the winter?

We weathered a winter here in Ohio two years ago in our trailer. Although not as cold, we had humidity problems that we were able to offset by using a dehumidifier.
We have high humidity levels sometimes....
Some models have a pump that automatically empties the holding tank into a hose that you can run into a sink.

Just a thought!
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:11 PM   #4
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Yes I have the water line heat taped and insulated also took 1" styrofoam and skirted the trailer. I leave the grey tank valve open and the black closed,I also have a small electric heater under the table that helps to keep the chill out in the living room. I have not had any problems with humidity, the trailer I bought has Heated tanks and also dual pane windows. I'm Up in the northwest corner of MT westside of Glacier National Park.
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:20 AM   #5
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hi there, glad to see another streamer in montana. so glad you can winter over in our weather. have heard of others doing the same,,, good job,,donna
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Old 01-22-2006, 10:42 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forums and the wonderful world of vintage Airstream. I am not surprised that your unit is behaving much better than your neighbors. Airstream is a quality product which will serve you well for many years. Winter camping is very enjoyable we have done quite a lot of it with out motor home. I was interested in how your tanks are heated, do you use an electric heater?
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