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Old 03-12-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. Glad to be a part of this forum. My wife and I are considering buying a cardinal and want to make sure it will stand the tough Minnesota winter weather. We want to live in it Yearround. Thoughts?
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Welcome to the Forums!

Just to clarify, you are going to full time in the Cardinal IN Minnesota?

Or...are you going to Full time and travel around and Winter in Minnesota?

Or...???
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Hello everyone. Glad to be a part of this forum. My wife and I are considering buying a cardinal and want to make sure it will stand the tough Minnesota winter weather. We want to live in it Yearround. Thoughts?
I think you should do some serious research on RVs in the winter. They are typically not built for year-round all-weather use, but can be adapted. It is very important to prevent condensation from cold outside and warm inside. Condensation is dangerous moisture that can badly harm your RV over time. Good luck making a good decision. I know there are some serious year round cold weather RV'ers here that have posted their RV adaptations.
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Full time live in MN. Bought some land.
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Full time live in MN. Bought some land.
I am not a full timer or a cold weather specalist but, from my foxhole, I would be inclined to suggest a poured pad with some sort of overhead (and possibly 3 sides) protection.

I have seen some "RV homes" when we were on the road that were pretty cool! Basically they consisted of a RV garage that opened on one side to a covered sunroom/screened porch. You may want to more enclose this design to accomodate MN winters
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I am not a full timer or a cold weather specalist but, from my foxhole, I would be inclined to suggest a poured pad with some sort of overhead (and possibly 3 sides) protection.

I have seen some "RV homes" when we were on the road that were pretty cool! Basically they consisted of a RV garage that opened on one side to a covered sunroom/screened porch. You may want to more enclose this design to accomodate MN winters
Also, look into how to keep your water pipes from freezing. That's another adaptation you'll need.
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Also, look into how to keep your water pipes from freezing. That's another adaptation you'll need.
Good Point - but the nice thing about the Cardinal is the 4 season prep for the tanks & pipes but STILL at 20ish blow, well that may be outside the FR design parameters

I would opt for a insulated garage at the least!
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Maybe this article and additional links in the article can help.

Surviving the winter in your RV
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Thanks for the feedback and replies everyone. I just really want to make sure that we're not making a bad decision by thinking we can use a $70,000 cardinal in the winter and then it not being warm enough.
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