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Old 10-20-2015, 12:42 PM   #1
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Tips on living in the 24W in winter

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 see other rigs with walls of plywood around the exterior. I see all sorts of contraptions for people living in their RV's here where the temps can get even below zero.
I would appreciate any tips for not winterizing my moho and yet protecting it from damage this winter. I do have the Arctic package and will use that.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:52 PM   #2
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We have a friend that travels with his work and has a fifth wheel. He constructed walls made with the rigid polystyrene board, cut and numbered to fit his trailer. These are connected to 2 X 2s and taped with Gorilla tape together on the underside. He even painted them to match his RV. He keeps a couple of 60 watt light bulbs underneath to increase the temp. He said he had never had a freezing problem unless he forgot to unhook the fresh water hose at the spigot.

Here is the polystyrene he used.

Shop Expanded Polystyrene Foam Board Insulation (Common: 0.75-in x 4-ft x 8-ft; Actual: 0.687-in x 3.875-ft x 7.875-ft) at Lowes.com

When his time is up in one place, the boards, 2 X 2s and anything else goes inside the RV for travel to his next job site.
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Old 10-20-2015, 04:48 PM   #3
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We travel to the south each year in sub zero weather without water in the fresh water tank or pipes. Ok to use the toilet. Furnace runs a lot when parked. I think when you add water and cold temperatures you may have some issues-not a lot of insulation,lots of single pane windows, and arctic packages have a big draw on the battery. Please post on how it works.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:29 PM   #4
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I should have mentioned that I am plugged into 30amp power and am using the Arctic Package for heating,,,,,whatever that does.
I need to insulate my moho while it sits but is being used in the winter months. I cannot winterize it since its being used in my driveway.
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Old 10-20-2015, 08:43 PM   #5
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The arctic package is just a heating pad on the holding tanks.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:19 AM   #6
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Just to clarify what I posted above, the panels, as described, will keep the wind and cold out from under the coach. This will keep the air below the coach at or above freezing, therefore, the water lines, etc. underneath will not freeze.

There are lots of things that people will do for inside the RV. Some will use bubble wrap over the windows, then some type of window coverings to keep the air from coming in the windows. Some use the foil emergency blankets to reflect the cold and keep heat in.

Many have a small infrared or ceramic heater that they cut the chill in the morning. If you are using propane to keep the interior warm, just be forewarned that it will burn through lots of it when it gets cold. When we are parked in a campground, we will use out heater almost exclusively since we aren't paying power, but we are buying propane for the furnace.

Some people will hang towels around their windows for extra heating, there are just so many different ways to cut down on heat loss through the windows, underneath, etc.

It's just according to where you live, how cool you can stand, if this is just a temporary situation, etc.
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Old 10-21-2015, 12:39 PM   #7
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One big issue for heating is from drafts coming in around the slide(s). If you closely inspect the perimeter of the slide on your "W" from inside the coach when the slide is out, you'll see some daylight, especially in the corners. Take some bed sheets or blankets and stuff them all the way around the perimeter of the slide on the interior of the coach, between the slide's decorative molding and the wall. This will make a huge difference in your comfort.
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Old 10-21-2015, 12:43 PM   #8
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There is also a major draft under the shower pan on the 24R.

Not sure on the W, though.

If you have a heater vent there, you can pop it off and check.
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This video shows some real life tips/tricks and a goof or two that they made Not sure about what she says about the spray foam (we have a sealed underbelly so not sure how we could do that) but the rest of her ideas make sense
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:09 AM   #10
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These are all such great ideas. Thanks to all who have joined in here. Hopefully this info is helpful to others but I will be using most of these ideas.
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