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Old 07-21-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Skiing this Winter

My wife & I want to spend this winter in our Airstream at or near a major ski resort in the west. I would like to hear from anyone who has done that and/or could recommend a year-round RV park....the more info the better!

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Old 07-21-2011, 09:15 AM   #2
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We too are skiers and have always desired to do what you are suggesting. We have looked at an RV park next to Whistler, BC and an RV park near Lake Tahoe. I cannot remember the name of the park near Whistler but the RV park near Tahoe is called "The 49ers", I think. I also talked to a man who runs an RV park near Taos, NM who said it was close to the ski area and accessible year around.
Hope this helps. I will watch your thread for more info as one of these winters we are going to spend skiing.
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This is hubby's dream as well as mine. To be able to spend the winter season at a ski resort - oh-la-la! I look forward to future posts as well.

In the meantime, once the slopes open we are up every weekend with our Airstream. In February we are going Catskiing and I can hardly wait!!

This post got me so excited!
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Would love too!

We book a ski trip every year. We just booked a trip for our anniversary and New Years in Red River, New Mexico. We kicked the idea around HARD about taking the Airstream along for the ride. But after reviewing some of the past post about cold weather and the Airstream we decided we better not. Lots of people claim that an Airsteam is only a 3 season RV.
We might be brave one day and give it a shot....then again I like being warm.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:33 PM   #5
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I know that our Airstream would be hard pressed to handle the winters up here even for a week or so. Maybe newer ones are better, though.

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I used to drycamp when I kept my Airstream at a campground close to a ski resort in West Virginia (Snowshoe). I was able to stay warm and comfortable, but I only ran the heat when I was using the trailer and skiing. I don't think it is reasonable to wet camp in an Airstream in really cold weather. You would use a tremendous amount of propane and I think it would be difficult not to end up with some frozen piping. The only way that this would even be feasible would be to install insulated skirting around the trailer (ala mobile home style).

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My wife & I want to spend this winter in our Airstream at or near a major ski resort in the west. I would like to hear from anyone who has done that and/or could recommend a year-round RV park....the more info the better!

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Mt. Shasta Ski & board Park... They sale their season tickets for $299 in July. Downtown Mt. Shasta City has a KOA... my sister stayed there one winter many years ago with my parents trailer. Not a large ski area, but a fun place to live in the winter...or summer.

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Our Airstream is a 2006 and when the furnace blows the warm air inside, it also blows warm air on our pipes. In addition we keep the hot water heater on as well. The most extreme temps we have been in have been minus four degrees. When we are skiing we keep the furnace set to 55 degrees. When we come back it goes up to 68. We do not full time. Last year we went skiing every weekend with our Airstream for about 3 months. We are now preparing for a cat skiing trip for one week in Canada and are thinking of back up plans should our furnace fail (Heaven forbid).
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My wife and I spend every Christmas/New Years in Yosemite Valley. At about 4300 ' we may get a low of 10F up to 40F. We ski at Badger Pass. We keep the heat at 65 or so while we are in, but minimum while we sleep. Concerns: batteries and condensation. So generator or hookup to TV us a must.

You can keep warmer if you put insulating foam in the windows and skylights.

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We are now preparing for a cat skiing trip for one week in Canada and are thinking of back up plans should our furnace fail (Heaven forbid).
A cat towing an Airstream, now that would be something to see!
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Thanks for the feedback...we've decided that 'wintering' with our Airstream is more of a challenge than we want to take on this winter. So, we've hit-the-road for up to a year and will be heading to the warmer climes!!!

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Old 11-27-2011, 06:19 PM   #12
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catalytic heater

Hi all,
I'm a "new" Airstream owner and have most of the furniture out of my 1974 Sovereign. The previous owner had the furnace stolen. I temporarily covered the exterior furnace exhaust vent with an aluminum patch that I riveted until I save up for a new furnace.

My question is regarding catalytic heaters: There is a heater to the left of my front door attached to the lower panel near the stove. How much heat can I expect to get out of the catalytic unit? I'm not expecting the back bedroom to stay toasty by any means, but can the catalytic unit keep the lines from freezing? Would it provide 'reasonable' heat during ski season to keep interior temps about 60 degrees? Any experience with catalytic only heating? It makes me nervous...

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I'm no expert, but I believe the heater you have is more like a wall unit. That will only put heat into the inside air. The forced air heaters that are in the trailers, the one your missing, blows hot air into different parts of the trailer. Such as the vents in the front, rear, bathroom, and also under the floor that will help keep the pipes from freezing. It would likely keep the inside warm enough, but not keep the pipes from freezing. Enjoy!
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We live at the base of Mt. Hood and have lots of snow parks right in our backyard. I'm just really nervous to tow it through snow though. Went over the pass this weekend (without the trailer) and noticed campers and fifth wheelers parked, but didn't see any trailers. I'm worried about those slippery roads!

Monica, do you ever chain the trailer up? We have good snow tires on our SUV, but I'm really worried about the trailer itself getting away from us.

Camping in the snow would be a dream...we're just such newbies, I'm afraid to do it!
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We book a ski trip every year. We just booked a trip for our anniversary and New Years in Red River, New Mexico. We kicked the idea around HARD about taking the Airstream along for the ride. But after reviewing some of the past post about cold weather and the Airstream we decided we better not. Lots of people claim that an Airsteam is only a 3 season RV.
We might be brave one day and give it a shot....then again I like being warm.
I originally made this post awhile back. Well Ive gotten brave since making that statement and we are taking our AS with us. I wanna see how it does in cold temps. We have a condo for backup so this seems like the perfect time to see how it does.
To be continued ....
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Another questions for winter camping ( which I would like to do but have not tried yet):

I read that I was supposed to keep a vent cracked for my propane heater to clear exhaust while sleeping over night. Winter camping would mean that I would have the heater on low all night and a small crack in one vent. Not heat efficient.
I have a 1968 Safari.
Dose keeping a vent cracked sound like the safe order of operations to everyone? Any experience on this?
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:38 PM   #17
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You just go to sleep and don't wake up. Be very wary of carbon monoxide. Seems it's heavier than air, so the vent should be at the floor level, not at ceiling. I remember a sad story about a lady in Kansas, drove in the winter for a few hours to grandma's house or something with her kids sleeping in the back seat. Kids on the floor didn't make it. The ones on the seat sorta survived. Your better senses go to sleep in the cold, when you really need to be a ware of the tricky conditions of CO. Also, don't use a match at night to look in the propane can that seems to be empty, its just that the line has frozen in the adiabatic cooling coming from the cold liquid in the can to gas in the line. Now should you replumb the can to be inside your warm trailer? Probably not, cause the newer cans have a tricky vent.
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Another case: Last winter I was doing some inspection working on the upgrade remodel of the mess hall of a Marine base not too far from Mammoth Mountain ski area. A gorgeous stainless mobile cook trailer was set up outside the mess hall to prepare the food. The propane stoves were heating the trailer while preparing and cooking the mess. They airlifted some of the cooks out with CO poisoning. Normal roof vents, no lower vents to let the CO out. So the high teck govt design didn't have adequate ventilation. Cooks had to work in the cold.(and I think it happened again...)

If you see your padres and mates getting all sweaty and pink when it's not that warm inside, get the h... outside into some oxygen. You don't feel it happening, you just get a littl more rummy and can't concentrate. If you get outside in time, your knees will buckle and you fall down and get sick in the fresh air. Breathing O2 is needed to clear the CO out of your blood, and forever after you notice it much quicker than others, like frostbite on your ears and nose.
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Please post a photo of your heater by the door. It sounds like a catalytic heater. These are unvented, so you need to crack a window to provide some amount of venting if you are going to use it very much. For seriously cold weather, you will need to run the furnace (it is vented). Make sure that it is safe with no holes in the heat exchanger and in good working order. It will probably provide about 3 times the heat of the cat heater, but will run your battery down in short order because of the blower motor.

The first step is to install a co alarm. I bought one at Lowes for less than $20 as I recall. You don't want to sleep in your trailer without one while the furnace is operating. It is also important to have one with a cat heater and operating the stove/oven that are both unvented.

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My wife and I camp every year for our anniversary during Christmas break and New Years in Yosemite Valley.

We only have the forced air heater and find it a struggle to keep batteries serviceable with the tow vehicle and solar. We put heat on minimum setting as a reference and find it OK. Use zero degree sleeping bags as a hedge. Generator is a plus but not 100% necessary.

One year we visited a couple who had 2x catalytic heaters and their AS was very toasty; I would think you could keep to at least the minimum with one catalytic heater. Several candles help, as do using the oven (for cooking).

Another thing is that if chains are required, they are also required by law ( and safety concerns) on the trailer as well as the TV. Make sure the TV has heavy duty chains and not cables and you should be able to tow through at least a foot of snow in the campground. Take it slow and careful and you can make it to the campground even in a monster snow storm.

On vents, I keep two cracked to minimize CO but also to keep H2O condensation to a minimum.

It's a 4 season vehicle, if you take care. Enjoy!

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