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Lwiddis

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Just to add. I heat the cabin mainly for the fridge. If the ambient temperature is too low, the freezer contents melt while the fridge contents freeze. Also my fresh tank is under the bed.

Lastly, in my book there's a difference between cold weather transit and a long duration trip.

If I were snowbirding to Florida from Michigan I would consider that transit. I'd likely be winterized, go out to eat when stopping for the night and not use any onboard facilities.

However spending a month (or more) living in the unit, I want everything I paid for working. Flushing toilet, washing dishes, taking a shower, etc.


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Do you have a real valid reason for wanting to go to Yukon so late in the year? The tourist places will be closed, campgrounds and facilities fewer and the scenery not at its best.

I have been to Whitehorse, Yukon during the winter. We ran a company that took cross country skiers to Yukon in March. It was beautiful and I have slept in a snow cave while there, but pulling a trailer would not be something I would consider. I have also visited the area several times in summer/early fall in our truck camper, but it never got cold enough for any freezing concerns. If your trip is in September you probably will not have anything to worry about.


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Tripalot, same reason posters say they want to visit Death Valley in July.

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Cant speak for the OP

When I win the lottery I'd like to be an extremophile tourist. Visit the sub Arctic and even Arctic in the winter would be top of the list. I'd want a nicely appointed self contained expedition vehicle of course, not towing a trailer [emoticon]

Even visiting southern destinations like Colorado, Utah and the Grand Canyon in the winter was great.

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profdant139 wrote:

time2roll, that was a great link to your recirculator project! Unfortunately, some of the photos have died, probably when photobucket kicked the bucket.
I have the pics but cannot edit or add to the archived thread. Sent a message to the moderator but that may not go far.

If you are that interested I could send the pics or recreate the thread.


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time2roll wrote:

profdant139 wrote:

time2roll, that was a great link to your recirculator project! Unfortunately, some of the photos have died, probably when photobucket kicked the bucket.
I have the pics but cannot edit or add to the archived thread. Sent a message to the moderator but that may not go far.

If you are that interested I could send the pics or recreate the thread.


Prof check out https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fusea........d/tid/28635785/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm

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Is the underbelly reasonably insulated and fully sealed against wind infiltration while under way.

Otherwise blowing a little bit of warm air down through a 2" duct isn't going to keep up with heat loss. Dumping both tanks every morning before heading off and adding some RV antifreeze will protect your dump valves, but other items such as external showers and tank drains and tank fill circuits might still be vulnerable.


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furnace inverter and sometimes generator.


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Tony, you are right that everything has to be enclosed and insulated -- and it will be. But without a source of heat, things will eventually freeze in very cold weather.

And piano, if I understand you correctly, that is a very good idea -- run the generator in the bed of the truck while we are under way, and run an ordinary extension cord directly to the heat tape. That way, I have power while towing, and then I have hookups while we are parked.

Gordon, have you run the generator while under way? Are there any problems in doing so? I think that my cargo bed is sufficiently drafty so that ventilation will not be a problem -- plus the generator will keep my luggage nice and warm. [emoticon]


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