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Old 10-22-2015, 11:32 AM   #11
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I have to find out how to insulate my 24W this winter so its usable full time in temps well below freezing at times.
I was told by yet another local (I'm also in Bend) that the cinders the County uses on the roads are prone to damaging the 12v tank pads. He suggested I have them coated in spray foam to protect the pads and also further insulate. Not yet sure what I'm going to do myself. Although I hope to take mine up to Bachelor a couple times in the spring.
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:18 PM   #12
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Thats a great idea. I think I will go buy a case of spray foam and go for it. How thick did you spray the foam?
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:21 PM   #13
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Thats a great idea. I think I will go buy a case of spray foam and go for it. How thick did you spray the foam?
I haven't actually done it myself but I'll ask my friend (also my colleague) when I see him at the office later.
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Old 10-22-2015, 07:12 PM   #14
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Thats a great idea. I think I will go buy a case of spray foam and go for it. How thick did you spray the foam?
I spoke with my friend and when he did it on his Born Free he sprayed about an inch thick layer of spray foam on the two tanks. HTH
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Thanks for checking on that. Thats more than I might have done so good to know......more is better in this case. I just returned from Home Depot with several cans of spray insulation.
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No worries, let me know how it goes. Maybe even share a couple of photos, would love to see how it works out for you.
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:11 AM   #17
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The arctic package is just a heating pad on the holding tanks.

As I understand it (per dealer), the Arctic Pac heats the fresh water and gray water not black water. Can anyone confirm or deny?
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:58 AM   #18
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As I understand it (per dealer), the Arctic Pac heats the fresh water and gray water not black water. Can anyone confirm or deny?
On mine there's a heating pad adhered to the bottom of the two holding tanks since they are exposed to the elements. The fresh water is under the rear bed in a slightly more conditioned space. I would think on the R plan the Arctic Pak heating pads would be located on the same tanks, even if they are in a slightly different location than the S plan.
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Old 10-30-2015, 01:18 AM   #19
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I started this thread and want to say thanks to everyone who has jumped in. I am living in my motorhome, my Solera 24W, right now. The temps are in the lower 30's at night but with my electric heater going its fine and very comfortable...70ish degrees. As it gets colder and I keep living in my box, I will post here and share the experience. Oh, and I did buy a bunch of the spray foam from Home Depot and very thoroughly coated all the hoses including the sewer pipe and any other water or waste related thing under there. It was easy since that stuff sticks to whatever you spray it on so working upside down was no problem. At night I draw the shades but have not yet done anything else to the windows. In Bend, Oregon the humidity is usually around 30% so condensation is not as problematic as in many other places.
I used to live on a boat in Seattle and it was the circulation of air that prevented condensation in that very wet environment.

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Old 11-03-2015, 10:10 AM   #20
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I'm also in Bend, and while my Solera is being winterized, I do have a couple of times I'd like to use it over the winter. I think I will have to have my teen boys sleep in there for a couple of days at Christmas to make room for relatives. I keep it in a heated shop with an electric hookup, so I'm not worried about them being warm enough, and they will just have to come in the house to use the bathroom. I would also like to use it at Bachelor in early spring if the roads are clear.
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