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Old 03-21-2008, 04:16 PM   #1
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Newbie here and on the road!

My fiance and I just aquired a '71 excella 500 and we just moved out of our cabin and are in a RV park in Kremmling Colorado. This is a first for us, we have never done this and are excited and learning the ropes of winter Airstreaming. I'm sure I will bug you folks with tons of questions, but this site is an answer to our prayers!

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Old 03-21-2008, 04:44 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums from a fellow Colorado-ite!

Sounds like you are jumping in with both feet...stay warm ~ and post some pictures!


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Old 03-21-2008, 04:51 PM   #3
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Crack a window when you have the furnace on and think about a cat heater for your trailer. You're a brave man. I'm waiting for the temp to get above 70 down here so I can work on my AS in comfort. Send us some pictures. I've spent many hours enjoying Colorado, and our house in Grand Lake. I envy you.
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:21 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums....Feels like spring IS here, but still some cold temp's early mornings....keep an eye on your outside water line, can be a bummer not to have water in the morning. Many a time we've unhooked, drained the hose, and put it in the shower till mid morning...
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:30 PM   #5
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The furnace is a gas hog and smells quite a bit. We have been using a ceramic electric heater and using one of the burners on the range set to low with a brick on top to heat it up. We do have carbon monoxide/propane and smoke alarms, just in case. I cut some 2" pinkboard to size for the sky lights and have cut the same for the lower access and storage hatches. We sleep quite well and today I finally figured out the holding tanks! This is day 3 and we have never done this before. We just came from living off grid at 8500ft without running water, so this is palacial compared to what we were just doing.

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Old 03-21-2008, 11:50 PM   #6
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Welcome to the will find a ton of information here that will no doubt be helpful to you in your new palace...including info on winter Airstreaming. Congrats are in order, by the way...good move!

I don't know if your AS year/model directs warm air from your furnace to the holding tanks to keep them from freezing...(maybe some here will be able to confirm if that's the case in your AS)...if that is the situation and you rely on the electric heater to stay warm, the electric heater will not keep your holding tanks warm, don't want those to freeze, though I'd think it'd have to be really cold to do that.

At night you could set the furnace low and use an electric blanket, too...that might be a good compromise.

Please be very careful with that stove top heating thing... By the way, the furnace may smell just because it hasn't been used for a while, and has to "burn off" the dust, firing up the furnace in a house after it's sat for the summer unsued. A properly functioning furnace shouldn't smell bad.

Good luck and let us know how it's going!
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:50 AM   #7
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Congratulations mtrekker!!!! careful and be sure that your gas lines are not leaking etc.... Do you know how old the furnace is? I agree that it could just be burning off dust but please check everything out carefully.

I have also read that you need to be careful regarding condensation inside the trailer during cold weather. You will want to be sure to ventilate enough to avoid that.

You should consider joining the WBCCI and Vintage clubs here in Colorado....great group of people and eager to share knowledge and ideas.

Post pictures when you can....
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Welcome to the forums! This is a great site for all things Airstream!

You might want to invest in a carbon monoxide detector and a LP gas detector.

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