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Old 10-25-2020, 12:35 PM   #61
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A Full-Time Mountain Winter in The Aluminum Tent 3!

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Old 10-25-2020, 12:37 PM   #62
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My trick for the shower drain has been to pour some rv antifreeze down it after showering in the morning.
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I was going to do that instead but decided to do...Both! At least until
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A small QUIET dehumidifier is a must. I have one of these units and it works extremely well to keep the moisture off the interior skin and windows:

https://www.eva-dry.com/product/edv-...-dehumidifier/
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A Full-Time Mountain Winter in The Aluminum Tent 3!

OK, temps dropped to 8 degrees Sunday night according to my electronic thermometer.

A few observations:

--The front pano windows didn't collect interior condensation that froze. I was very surprised, as the curved ones I know are hardly sealed at all by the rock guards, as they collect leaves and debris. The center flat rock guard does seal pretty tightly. Maybe the dinette curtains do a pretty good job of insulating the windows?

--On the windows that I placed Reflectix tightly against the glass on the inside, it helped keep heat in the trailer, and also there was barely any frozen condensate on the glass underneath in the morning. Just a couple tiny spots on a couple of them.

--Windows with screens, I covered the screens and frames with Reflectix held in place with Velcro. It definitely felt warmer next to them, but it was absolutely useless in creating an air barrier to prevent condensation and ice build up on the windows. Every single one was completely covered with interior frost in the a.m. when I took the reflectix down. In this first pic, the top window had reflectix over the screens and frames. The lower porthole window had reflectix installed tightly against the glass. You can see the difference. The other pics were windows also with Reflectix over the screens. Useless in terms of controlling condensation.
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When I get my dehumidier, that should hopefully minimize that problem, as there will be less moisture in the air to condense and freeze on the glass. However, I am going to rethink my plan of attack for the windows that have screens to better get an air gap in them. Stand by for that.

Other observations: I like to sleep cool/cold, and when it was in the 20s outside last week, I kept the furnace set to 45 at night with no supplemental heat source. Nothing froze up. With single digits this weekend, I was worried about the belly with having the furnace set that low, so I left it at 57 degrees, with no other heat source. I slept well, but didn't need my second comforter.

In the a.m. nothing was frozen up, and I measured the temperature of the cold water coming from both sink faucets after letting the run a moment. It was 39 degrees. So that tells me the plumbing and tanks stayed at around 39 degrees with heat set to 57 and outside temp of 8 degrees. I can confirm when I get my remote thermometer that has three separate wireless sensors this week that I'll place one in the belly and a couple others back in the recesses where plumbing is located so I can accurately monitor what's actually going on down there.

Overall, a cozy night watching Netflix, grilling a delicious slab of beef (outside) and a comfortable sleep. (Though I want to experiment some more; I'd rather keep heat set to 50 degrees max at night for sleeping.) And once I install a skirt, things should improve further.
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That sounds pretty darn livable to me, so far. Great reporting. Thanks!

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Old 10-28-2020, 07:57 PM   #67
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A Full-Time Mountain Winter in The Aluminum Tent 3!

I live full time in my rig in temps that get below freezing, but nowhere near what you are/will experience.

I found this dehumidifier (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B8SCPZ4) after several iterations with other types and brands. Top reasons this one is my fav: it is almost silent, and it blows warm air as part of its normal operation (which helps heat the rig).

If you can, try to get a spot where you can take full advantage of the sun. Ideally you will have no shade at all on your rig. And if you can keep your plumbing side (water/sewer hookups) in the sun, it will help them thaw faster in the event they happen to freeze overnight.

You mentioned an external water softener. I have an external water filter that I use year round. I got a large heavy duty storage tote (similar to this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-5...Lid/1000976084). I drilled 2 holes in the lid for my water hose to go in and come back out. Now I can keep my filter and hose (hooked up and coiled around filter) inside the box with the extra length of heat tape without worrying about it freezing. I added pipe insulation on all the exposed hose as well as some foam board inside the box. These pictures arenít great and donít show everything I mentioned above, but will hopefully give you and idea of what I tried to describe.

Good luck, Iím looking forward to reading about your adventure and learning more tips on winter living!

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Saraed - what kind of water filter is that that you use? I’ve never seen one like it. Looks like you also have a pressure gauge on your filter setup with a pressure reduction device. Would you please explain your filter setup thoroughly. Thanks.
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Saraed - what kind of water filter is that that you use? Iíve never seen one like it. Looks like you also have a pressure gauge on your filter setup with a pressure reduction device. Would you please explain your filter setup thoroughly. Thanks.


I have a 3 canister Clearsource (https://www.clearsourcerv.com/) water filter. The pressure regulator is probably not necessary, but I already had it, so I used it.

The setup is as follows:
One hose from water hydrant to pressure regulator attached to input of water filter. The three filters go in a certain order (filters from largest to smallest particles). Then I have a second hose that connects the output of the filter to the Airstream city water inlet.

I drilled 2 large holes in the lid of the heavy duty storage tote (https://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-146.../dp/B00V87CQYM) for the input hose and for the output hose. I also drilled a few smaller holes on the bottom and sides to allow water to leak out (rain water will get in through hose holes on lid) as well as to thread a cable lock through the filter housing (itís steel) to deter thieves. In the winter, I line the inside of the box with foam board (or styrofoam) and keep the excess heat tape coiled inside the box to prevent the whole thing from freezing. I also put pipe insulation around the exposed hose (not pictured). I tried to label the pictures below with as much of this information as possible.

The box works well year round because itís easy to disconnect and put the entire assembly in the back of my truck when itís time to move. The wheels and handle make the entire thing almost effortless to move on the ground. It can be pretty heavy when itís time to lift it (especially with water in the filter) but Iíve always been able to manage it by myself.
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Old 10-29-2020, 01:30 PM   #70
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I live full time in my rig in temps that get below freezing, but nowhere near what you are/will experience.
You just made my day! I had ordered and received yesterday a Frigidaire compressor style dehumidifier that I thought would be the absolute best, as compressor styles do the best job, and this one said it was rated to work down to 41 degrees...important because I sleep with the temp at 50 degrees max. However I did further research an learned that while it would "work", it would be at an extremely lower efficiency, and spend most of the time defrosting the coil, rather than dehumidifying. So I didn't even open it and it's going back. I instead decided on a dessicant type, I didn't want to spend the $300 on the Ecoseb that so many talk about but doesn't have inspiring reviews. I instead order the exact Ivation unit that you have! So I'm relieved to get a good review from someone who has the same model, and has been through several other types. Sounds like I made the right decision!

I will be in a spot with full sun, and we get plenty of that here in Utah, all winter long! My trailer gets super toasty from solar gain during the day, especially with the reflectix removed from the windows for the day.

For the water softener...mine is narrow and tall and needs to stay upright, it's about the size of a large fire extinguisher. But some kind of box like you did is a great idea, I'll see what I can come up with.


Thanks again for the feedback!
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You just made my day! I had ordered and received yesterday a Frigidaire compressor style dehumidifier that I thought would be the absolute best, as compressor styles do the best job, and this one said it was rated to work down to 41 degrees...important because I sleep with the temp at 50 degrees max. However I did further research an learned that while it would "work", it would be at an extremely lower efficiency, and spend most of the time defrosting the coil, rather than dehumidifying. So I didn't even open it and it's going back. I instead decided on a dessicant type, I didn't want to spend the $300 on the Ecoseb that so many talk about but doesn't have inspiring reviews. I instead order the exact Ivation unit that you have! So I'm relieved to get a good review from someone who has the same model, and has been through several other types. Sounds like I made the right decision!

I will be in a spot with full sun, and we get plenty of that here in Utah, all winter long! My trailer gets super toasty from solar gain during the day, especially with the reflectix removed from the windows for the day.

For the water softener...mine is narrow and tall and needs to stay upright, it's about the size of a large fire extinguisher. But some kind of box like you did is a great idea, I'll see what I can come up with.


Thanks again for the feedback!


Nice!! I hope you like the dehumidifier as much as I have. Like Iím sure you saw in some of the reviews, if you use the hose (instead of the tank) it can be difficult to get it just right so that it drains in the hose. But, Iíve only ever used the hose when Iíve had to put my trailer in storage, so itís rarely something I have to deal with.

Iím sure youíll be fine with all the preparation youíve done, but if you need ideas to help insulate/protect the water softener, feel free to send me a message!
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I use window film to create an air pocket/barrier for the single pane glass.



The max strength (extra thick) is strong enough to stretch across the inside of the corner pano windows.

For the screened windows I found it easier to apply the film from the outside through the open window.
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The max strength (extra thick) is strong enough to stretch across the inside of the corner pano windows.

For the screened windows I found it easier to apply the film from the outside through the open window.
Very interesting, looks like a good product. So I assume you applied it along the edge of the window frame leaving a gap between the glass and film? And have you actually used it during winter (what temp?), and did it reduce any condensation or does it just reduce cold drafts? Thanks!
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Very interesting, looks like a good product. So I assume you applied it along the edge of the window frame leaving a gap between the glass and film? And have you actually used it during winter (what temp?), and did it reduce any condensation or does it just reduce cold drafts? Thanks!

Yes youíre correct on the application.

I used it all last winter. The coldest temp I experienced was -17F, with sustained temps under -10F for several days. Some of my plumbing froze but I never had condensation on the glass.
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Yes youíre correct on the application.

I used it all last winter. The coldest temp I experienced was -17F, with sustained temps under -10F for several days. Some of my plumbing froze but I never had condensation on the glass.
Itchy Caramba, some very cold temperatures you camped in there, I definitely have to get myself some of that stuff! Thanks!
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pcskier: I was just reading another post (https://www.airforums.com/forums/f24...ml#post2430513) about a product called "Airskirts" https://www.airskirts.com/. I thought of your situation.

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I will be in a spot with full sun, and we get plenty of that here in Utah, all winter long! My trailer gets super toasty from solar gain during the day, especially with the reflectix removed from the windows for the day.
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How's it going since your 10/29 post above?
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I live full time in my rig in temps that get below freezing, but nowhere near what you are/will experience.

I found this dehumidifier (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B8SCPZ4) after several iterations with other types and brands. Top reasons this one is my fav: it is almost silent, and it blows warm air as part of its normal operation (which helps heat the rig).

If you can, try to get a spot where you can take full advantage of the sun. Ideally you will have no shade at all on your rig. And if you can keep your plumbing side (water/sewer hookups) in the sun, it will help them thaw faster in the event they happen to freeze overnight.

You mentioned an external water softener. I have an external water filter that I use year round. I got a large heavy duty storage tote (similar to this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-5...Lid/1000976084). I drilled 2 holes in the lid for my water hose to go in and come back out. Now I can keep my filter and hose (hooked up and coiled around filter) inside the box with the extra length of heat tape without worrying about it freezing. I added pipe insulation on all the exposed hose as well as some foam board inside the box. These pictures arenít great and donít show everything I mentioned above, but will hopefully give you and idea of what I tried to describe.

Good luck, Iím looking forward to reading about your adventure and learning more tips on winter living!

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I will be in a spot with full sun, and we get plenty of that here in Utah, all winter long! My trailer gets super toasty from solar gain during the day, especially with the reflectix removed from the windows for the day.
. . .
With Park City's projected low temps of about 10 degrees Fahrenheit for December [see line graphs at the bottom]:

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/pa...1178?year=2020

. . . curious to know how you are managing in the aluminum tent?

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. . . all last winter. The coldest temp I experienced was -17F, with sustained temps under -10F for several days. Some of my plumbing froze . . .
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Could you please detail what damage if any occurred from the freeze-ups, in your 20' with ducted heat? Our similar FC20 has the old non-ducted heat.

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