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Old 11-06-2015, 03:25 AM   #1
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Planning for Full-Timing

Greetings all. It's great to join your community.
I've read a number of threads about various topics. You seem like a good group.

My wife and I are planning to Full Time it in the next few years. It's really hard to find a particular brand or models that are designed for FT. Redwood is the only one I've found that actually posts their insulation ratings. However, I really have nothing to compare it to except home insulation which is rated much higher than Redwood's ratings. Most home ceiling insulation is required at R-50 and walls R-15 range which is more consistent with Redwood RVs. But the ceiling is critical.

We like cold weather and want the capability of staying in snow covered campgrounds in the winter.

My question. Do any of you head towards to the snow rather than away from it? How does your Redwood hold up under extreme conditions?
I'd really love to hear some thoughts from people with experience.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:37 AM   #2
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We full time here in the Pacific Northwest. in the winters we get down in the twenty's at night and our trailer has always done very well. I know that there are others that do use there RW in the snow.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:56 AM   #3
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We've had our RW in single digit temps & with the aid of one small electric heater we were toasty warm. We don't intentionally head to cold temps, but when we end up there we know we can stay warm.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:44 AM   #4
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In our travels, we have been in sub-zero weather and quite comfy. We have 40# bottles and in those temps, they last about 4-6 days depending, could be more if we ran the fireplace more. I would suggest a heavy area rug I the living room so that it cuts down on the air coming up. Bonus side to that is it also extends the life of the carpet. If you are going to be in 1 place for a while, skirt your trailer. We are normally in a location for about 3 months. We use the heavy Styrofoam boards and cut to height and then use a heavy plastic to cover them. Heat tape on your water line. We tried a heated hose and the element went out in a year but we didn't know it. Don't forget to run heat tape on the hydrant and then wrap in plastic for added protection. A black garbage bag works well as it absorbs the heat from the sun.
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:16 PM   #5
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We have camped throughout the Northeast during winter months. I think prepping your camper for winter months take a little trial and error in order to see what areas need a little more heat than others and what will be the most efficient way of delivering the heat. Additionally, condensation is a killer so be prepared for appropriate ventilation.
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:27 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum and the Redwood community. While we do run away from the cold we have been in Temps. of around 25degs. a few times and the Redwood does stay warm. We use a portable electric heater, the fireplace, and of course the furnace. Also use electric blankets.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:10 PM   #7
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We have done the same as others have mentioned. We use a heated mattress pad for the bed. On the hose I take a heavy black plastic garbage bag to keep the hose in and lay it on a piece of thick form and then cover the end to the trailer and the hydrant. I know some have used a small electric heater in the outside compartment to keep that warm.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:20 PM   #8
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One consideration is the ice maker line in our 38gk and the shower controls both froze and burst in Texas when it got down in the teens for a couple of days.

in that particular unit the ice maker line ran from under the sink OUT the bottom and was exposed under the slide. Fixed it by draining and turning off ice maker from then on
There also must have been a lot of air infiltration in the shower area as we always noticed cold air coming out the pocket door next to it.
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Old 11-06-2015, 04:37 PM   #9
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We have been full timing for 2 years and if we find ourselves in 32 deg weather, it was poor planning on our part. But, when we have the Redwood has stayed nice and warm.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:45 PM   #10
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Greetings all. It's great to join your community.
I've read a number of threads about various topics. You seem like a good group.

My wife and I are planning to Full Time it in the next few years. It's really hard to find a particular brand or models that are designed for FT. Redwood is the only one I've found that actually posts their insulation ratings. However, I really have nothing to compare it to except home insulation which is rated much higher than Redwood's ratings. Most home ceiling insulation is required at R-50 and walls R-15 range which is more consistent with Redwood RVs. But the ceiling is critical.

We like cold weather and want the capability of staying in snow covered campgrounds in the winter.

My question. Do any of you head towards to the snow rather than away from it? How does your Redwood hold up under extreme conditions?
I'd really love to hear some thoughts from people with experience.
Redwood and DRV Mobile Suites are the only two I like for full timing.
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