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Old 10-17-2014, 05:06 AM   #29
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For those of us with EPA wood stoves, shoulder season is when you light the stove and the house fills with smoke because it's not cold enough to develop a good draft to pull the smoke up the chimney. Raz

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Old 10-18-2014, 10:54 AM   #30
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The Escapes are wonderful trailers, but they are not marketed as a true 4-season unit. The winter temps you describe during hunting season would probably still freeze the tanks in an Escape, making the water system inoperable. Bigfoots and other4-season trailers not only have double paned windows and good insulation to survive the freeze. They have enclosed and heat-ducted tanks and water lines so the furnace can prevent freezing in all aspects of the water system. If you do a search of 4-season RV's you can see what is out there. Bigfoot is the only one that is molded fiberglass, but other companies are making good 4-season trailers, too.

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Old 10-20-2014, 02:45 AM   #31
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We use our old 81 5500 trillium. In hunting season, it's uninsulated, we go through a lot of propane if we don't have electric available. I have to winterize before the end of October, so for hunting we bring jugs of water and use a pit toilet. We only keep the furnace turned up at night, during the day, just warm enough not to freeze the water in the jugs. It's drafty but way better than a tent. Joe
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:28 AM   #32
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Joe, that's exactly how I winter camped when I had a Casita. It was still worth it to have the trailer for a warm place to sleep and cook, even without full use of the plumbing.

As for four-season trailers out there, Lance and Arctic Fox come to mind as manufacturers that make them. Never priced them, but they are probably much less expensive than a new Bigfoot. Also likely to be some good used ones out there.

Also there are a lot of creative full-timers wintering in places like the North Dakota oil patch. One usual trick is to build skirting around the trailer and put some kind of heat source underneath.

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