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peter-hs

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Posted: 10/19/19 04:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am looking for ways to power an RV for several weeks/months during the winter in the northern half of the Northwest Territories or Yukon. Assuming the RV is parked most of this period, most of the power will be needed for heating, LED lights, and infrequent bathing. Note the RV will have only one person.

Does anyone know of any places on or off-road that provide a hookup during the November-March period?

If none are available, are there any alternative sources of power that could be used?

Given the number of hours of darkness, solar power might be of little use, so the only other options I know of are either wind energy or very large fuel tanks.

I've read wind turbines, such as the Airdolphin Wind Turbine Mark Zero 24V, might work, though I don't know how well, how durable they are, etc.

I haven't encountered any information about very large auxiliary fuel tanks or fuel trailers, though I thought this could be an option, at least in theory.

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Posted: 10/19/19 04:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Try contacting tourism NWT and Yukon and see if they can help you.
They have websites and probably toll free numbers to speak with people who could advise you about the feasibility of such a project. If there are year round sources of fuel, or year round camping, they should be able to tell you more about them.


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Posted: 10/19/19 04:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even during a short day solar can provide a noticeable amount of amps per 100 watt panel...10-15 if positioned well with a clear sky. No fuel to replace, no noise. Don’t blow it off.


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Posted: 10/19/19 08:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can't be serious trying to over winter in the Yukon or Northwest Territories in a RV. Keeping warm, keeping pipes from freezing, and keeping the absorption refrigerator operating will be a challenge for even the most experienced. One snafu could be life threatening.

You asked how to power. Only two ways from the grid or a full time generator with am limitless fuel source. Power consumption will be excessive!

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Hi,

What communities do you expect to be in?

What you wish to do is possible--but much easier if there is a reliable source of electricity. There is a thread on winter camping in the full time forum.


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My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp hours of AGM in two battery banks 12 volt batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

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2 years ago spent 2 weeks north of Edmomnton in January, temps -15 to 15 degree's. Rig is diesel and electric used alot of fuel but remained comfortable. Had my rig built specifically for winter camping, heated insulated tanks and all piping is heat traced an insulated, 6" insulation in the floors and ceiling 3" in the walls.


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js218 wrote:

2 years ago spent 2 weeks north of Edmomnton in January, temps -15 to 15 degree's. Rig is diesel and electric used alot of fuel but remained comfortable. Had my rig built specifically for winter camping, heated insulated tanks and all piping is heat traced an insulated, 6" insulation in the floors and ceiling 3" in the walls.


Where did you have your RV built? I am thinking of upgrading mine. I have a Triple E Regal with the winter package..all well and good, but am considering upping the R value in the entire unit.


Gary Haupt


I have a Blog..about stuff, some of which is RV'ing.

http://mrgwh.blogspot.ca/

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^^^ Custom ordered from Haulmark built to my specifications, 6 month build time.
I'm a retired process engineer so I can get pretty anal but the Haulmark folks were up to the challenge and great group of people to work with. Showhauler also does custom builds.

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peter-hs

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MDKMDK wrote:

Try contacting tourism NWT and Yukon and see if they can help you.
They have websites and probably toll free numbers to speak with people who could advise you about the feasibility of such a project. If there are year round sources of fuel, or year round camping, they should be able to tell you more about them.

MDKMDK - Thank you for this suggestion. So far, I've looked at the tourism sites for both provinces to see if any of the parks/RV sites are open during the winter and provide hookups. Unfortunately, the information on the sites indicates all parks are closed during this period. But, I'll take your suggestion and contact the tourism offices for both provinces to get information, such as feasibility, from them directly.

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