When we were going with an RV furnace my thoughts were to vent it through a VW oil cooler radiator... Running through a very small pump feeding into another oil cooler on the inside with computer fan. With the little bat usage I think some of the heat could be recovered??
BTW, Repo, how's Diddums? I know you said you were moving so hope you can get some time in on the old girl. :)
1 and 1/2 sides on... Should be picking up a few more used big rig trailer siding pieces tomorrow to finish up the passenger side. Once it is Mouse proof Diddums will be pulled down to the barn to get front and rear metal and then new rubber roof, cut in vents and weld on new ball hitch as the one we have is sucky sucky broken.
Not soon enough is the short answer, but I did get 4 hours in tonight :)
Seems like putting a SMALL wood burning stove in the camper would do the most good. the RV is warm and you get to chop some wood:)
Use a separate tank for toilet only, basically plumb in a 5 gallon RV anti-freeze tank to flush with.
Place covers over every window/ vent. you aren't using for light, plug up refrigerator roof vent make new vent into cabin, reverse for summer. I'm not referring to the combustion venting from propane usage in cooling.
hey bales work great for wind blocking around RV also provide great home for mice:(
I'd build a "mud room" or hot/ cold storage area so each time one oped the door it wasn't direct vent to outdoors.
Think "dry" camping. NO water will be available, system should be winterized unless one plans on spending a LOT of $$ of ele and gas for keeping the thing up to temp... and then when one is dragging it from place to place????
Setting up a secondary Tank with RV anti freeze for the toilet or get a portable pooper.
We keep a couple of gallons of drinking water in the cooler in attempts to keep it and other foods from freezing.
Placing the batteries INSIDE the heated area with venting to the outside is huge for keeping our T-105 lasting longer. Built a compartment that is uninsulated to the living space against an exterior wall that is insulated. A piece of rubber inner tube was used as a 1 wayish valve(like on the top of a snorkel) and was zip tied to the vent, air flows out ward better than inwards.
Make sure you have something to place under the pads of anything conductive touching the ground, it will melt into ice. leveling/ stabilizing jacks, tung jack, metal stairs, etc... damn near ripped the stabilizer feet off on an RV camping Whistler/ Blackholm parking lots. Ended up pulling cotter pins, raising hydraulics, driving off feet/pads, then using a hammer and tire iron to remove all 4 from under inches of ice.
IF you aren't using shore power to keep the heat up, using a generator gets old.... bulking up batteries and solar is great but one would have to almost double up # of batts for zero temps as they don't put out well in the cold.
If your bed is against an exterior wall or on tire wells adding a layer of insulation between the mattress and the "exterior" portion will cut down on the amount of moisture the mattress picks up.
Using some of the plastic window kits from a hardware store really helps the R value on windows. We actually use the foil faced bubble wrap for both black out conditions and heat retainment. Plugging up all vents but the one that is kept cracked helps a ton too, Reefer and stove vents suck a lot of heat, IF not using them block them up for the season, keep the refer heat for sure, not the exhaust gas :)
***BEST thing purchased for winter camping...12V heated mattress cover, get it up to temp 15-20 min prior to getting into bed (#5/6 out of 10) then as one gets into the sack turn down (#1or2 out of 10)They don't draw enough to worry about for the heat they give.
My wife liked it so much camping we now have one on the bed at home.****
There are a few really good tricks in the truck camper side of the house.
Sorry for writing a book
I do expect no air flow knowing there will be some, it takes me a little while to remember I'm not building a rolex... just a TOY.
Thanks for the reminder..
It's great to finally have a few hours each week to get Diddums shell back on. I found a number of 16 and 18 ga sheets of alum to use for the areas where windows doors once were.
I'm so close.... We are moving the business location by Jan 1 so IF I can keep at it?
I've been reading you posts looks like the Hilton is quite the pad.
Funny this is coming up now!
I just got back to work on Diddums... bought a few new tools and everything.
The walls are all insulated with 1 1/2 foam then the "aluminum bubble wrap", then the outside aluminum panels. In hindsight I would have put the bubble wrap on the inside of the sticks then attached the lauan... but I did not so it goes on last. I SURE HOPE it doesn't cause a flood of condensation.
Once Diddums is out of garage we're putting an arched roof on for better drainage, ventilation and insulation.
How much condensation am I setting myself up for will it killl me :)
I'm a dumb guy and don't even have any cams outside my engine.
That being said, IF one were to keep bars L and R till worn then switch and wear out other side... would not the same amount of wear occur if one randomly put the bars R or L...
Not a physicist nor metallurgist, but IF they are going to wear to a point then one flips them, wearing both sides would give the same term of service yes??
I LIKE good water.
I've had plenty of shoddy water and never enjoy drinking it.
I try to drink one gallon of water daily, so yes we too carry our "drinking" water, 50 gallons of it.
It is more of a why would one want something constructed so poorly as to have it function only in specific perfect conditions;
I'm usually not the smartest at all the little things and over thinking the level of my water for traveling would surly end in failure.
When I pack I usually like to have it all finished, hopefully, so when I get "there" I'm done and free to play.
In a few areas I have found the water in "streams" to be better than muni-water systems, yuck, I'd wager some pools have less chlorine and while I do have a spare pump for water transfers and travel with a Katadyn filter it is a PITA to use :)
I'm sure there are many ways to chop this up, all eatable. :)
Camp long and hard, have fun and enjoy your time over the rest of the season.
Absolutely ridiculous that one can not take what they would like with them.
For those saying fill up when you get there, why?
I pack as I leave for a trip, I would like to be ready not have a list of******to do when I get there. Many times the water in the areas I'm going to is foul, tastes like plastic pipes/ water cisterns, rusted/ discolored,or from a system that smells of one thing or another, the Blackfoot tribe up here in MT has some really bad water (east Glacier national park) .... not every water system is as clean as our well water, why should I drink icky water when I have a 300 foot well producing as much as I can pull out.
IF a manufacture is unable to secure 800pounds of square container... how much faith do you have in any of their construction methods?
"We would love to build you a house that holds up to snow load but we need to have snow first"
I can not in my little brain justify buying ANYTHING from a manufacture who is unable to build something that would last while in use..... just plain stupid designs.
There are a number of safety features on furnaces that "GENERALLY" make them more of a pain in the ass th make work that not working correctly and causing a fire. That being said, if there are problems with CO2 most of the heaters haze zero safety in bad gas. older campers also didn't come with a co2 monitoring system.... install one.
I too use a Mr heater, but I do not sleep with it on. I'd be really happy with a wave6.. still not sure I'd ever feel comfortable sleeping with it on, without proper venting.. whats the point of opening a window and letting the snow blow in to run the heater.
To each their own and CHANCES are you'll never have a problem, how does the lottery phrase it... you don't play you can't win;
"Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older.Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older."
Have fun, go shopping for a warmer sleeping bag or even better both a new bag AND a 12Volt heated mattress pad, ABSOLUTELY the best thing ever on ski trips/ cold WX camping.
Paiger loves it anytime of the year, and we now have one at home 120V version for our bed, it comes with 2 sides 10 position of heat and when used with a timer....
I only wish it had a cooling setting for summer use:)
In a crowded camp ground, no they aren't.
But after an afternoon football game in the stadium, sometimes it nice to relax outside the RV and catch another game on the TV with friends.
I really like the IDEA of out side speakers. We haven't decided yet on "more holes in the hull" of the camper, mounted speakers.
An outlet to plug in wires from speakers in one of the hatches or use some wireless speakers?
If we're camping near others, near being a relative term, if we can hear generators running we are WAY too near, NO use...... enough said?
We generally "camp" traveling 50% of the time. Using our traveling hotel room to camp at truck stops, hospitals, police departments, fire halls etc.
Urban stealth camping of course: black out conditions like 1942...or rather from what I've read about those conditions :)
Once again no use for speakers.
30% use at ski area parking lots... Rock on speakers, if one can hear our music over the snow cats, snow plows, other parking lot partiers and usually a bar we'll gladly turn it down and apologize profusely.
10% visiting beautiful places, LOVE the sound of nothing... no use for speakers.
10% screwing around with buddies in the woods....MILES from our neighbor that own the land we are shooting on, riding all over the place day and night, building huge tree slag pile bonfires and generally being 45 year old punks for a few days each year. Sorry mister grizzly bear, sorry mister lynx, sorry woodsy the owl but we will only be here long enough to spay a few thousand acres of noxious weeds have some fun making too much noise to be any good for any one.... speakers yes please.
If I were in your shoes I'd start by finding a name and an E-mail.
Shoot them a pic of that window, your, last phone call experience and ask them if this was their final word or IF they would discuss it with you? Don't forget your phone # and give it a day.
Call that Number after that 24hrs....
We would like to think something better will happen for you.
I was doing my regular surfing on Craigslist and came across this little gem. Someone really loved this one.
Checkout the matched set up.
WOW that's really nice, like stated someone really loved that set up.
....The one today wanted to be sure I was being treated well.
We towed the trailer home this afternoon.
Thanks for all the good wishes. I will report back from the field.
Glad things seemed to work out, sure hope you have time to sleep in that thing at least 1 night before you tow it somewhere to sleep in it. STUFF may come up :)
Making a list prior to leaving may be a less frustrated first time expierance, what ever you do remember "no one is dying" and its up to you to have fun.
Have a great 4th.
.New roof finally on the shasta
Great looking roof... ONE of my projects to come, mine was flat but I'm wanting to add some curve to prevent pooling, greater RE for winter camping.
Do you have pictures of the front end seam?
-Front roof to vertical wall section seam is the "picture" I'm having the hardest time figuring out.
Did you slant the front of roof going to that seam?? (from front to back is it the same radius or does it change front and back)
Do you have pictures of your trusses? I have the materials but haven't done any cutting yet. I'm wondering if with yous there were bent 1 X 2s (other dimensions?) maybe a curve cut in a piece of wood end to end?
With that much air volume in the "attic", do you plan on adding any "attic" vents to cut down on humidity ?
Looks like you have the rubber stuff, EPDM or TPO?. Did you go with all new gutters (front to back, roof to wall seam metal with screws) and what ever the ones that run side to side on top are called or are you reusing you the stuff you took off.
Seems like you have much more of a story to tell, you did take pictures right :)
Thanks for your time.