|Doing camping during an Alberta winter can be a real adventure. We had never done this before and had to make adjustments to our equipment and it sure makes for an interesting life style.|
Here are a few things which can occur on a regular basis.
- locks and handles for compartment doors are freezing so they can’t be operated without thawing them out.
- one morning after freezing rain our entry door was frozen shut and needed to be warmed up with a hairdryer
- when electric heaters are running on the same circuit the breaker kicks out and the heater dies. That in turn will result in freezing up your water line before you notice the problem. We now know that and have 2 heaters on 2 different circuits.
- below the windows we find ice build-ups, which when thawing turn into lots of water. In order to avoid damage the water needs to be wiped off every morning after the furnace has warmed up the trailer.
- when outside temps are reaching arctic-level, inside temps have problems to reach 20C. (68F) and your mattress is freezing to the wall. Woolen sweaters and extra bedcovers become a necessity.
- also under arctic temps you need to heat the fridge. RV-fridges tend to freeze up when temps are going under –30C. Ours is now frozen and our food is outside in a cooler. Saves a lot of energy but a little trouble lamp put in from the outside would have helped tp prevent the problem.
- under our mattress we have a layer of 1.5” heat- radiant Styrofoam, otherwise our butts would freeze to the mattress.
- our entry door step is turning into a slide which may or may not result in a broken leg.
- in order to survive ANY winter temps we needed a radiant Styrofoam skirting. Ours is 1.5” thick and is taped to the body of the trailer. The radiant foil is turned inward. Without a skirting we would have no way of heating the underbelly of the trailer and our shoes would freeze to the lino.
- Our windows are covered with bubble-wrap which helps reduce condensation.
- cupboards and closets are clad inside with silver reflective insulation foil.
- all wall openings like for water-and power lines needed to be “stuffed” with fiberglass insulation.
- with fresh fallen snow piling up, we need to leave our shoes at the door. Snow off the shoes needs to be thrown out to where it came from, that is unless you thrive with puddles on the floor.
- we have a “battery” of 6 propane tanks to keep us warm.
That is in the short what we have been dealing with so far. 7 more sleeps and we will move into a house.
We will leave our trailer in storage mode in the park as it would be a rather grueling undertaking to move it.
With all that in mind be sure not to venture north any time soon. You WILL be sorry.
Thanks for dropping by!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
When The Mattress Is Freezing To The Wall And The Fridge Needs To Be Heated
Compiled by: Peter at 2:00 AM