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Old 11-23-2015, 10:15 AM   #15
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What is to prevent the wind from sending your Reflectix sailing?

I would place the Refectix INSIDE the trailer.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:51 AM   #16
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I have been using Gorilla Tape on my RV (sticky with fiberglass skin) for several different applications including seams. I tried duct/duck tape...it fails after a few rain storms. It does leave a residue but can be removed with solvent without damage to fiberglass gel coat. The Gorilla tape is the way to go...rain does not cause it to fail. I used the white tape but have a roll of the clear tape but have not used it yet. Any tape residue can be removed with solvent.

I might suggest you use the Hay Bales then the reflectix material over the bales of hay to gain insulation value and block the wind.
I own a R-Vision Trail-Lite Travel Trailer that has a sealed undercarriage with insulation and heating ducts running in the sealed "basement" ...the ducts run around the holding tanks and supply heat to the holding tanks and the trailer via floor vents...no hay required.
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:42 AM   #17
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I guess, my vote would be with Donna - at least that's what I was thinking when I first saw your post. Quick, easy, cheap and can be re-purposed in the spring.

Perhaps you could combing the two methods - use your tape and reflectix as you are, but add the straw bales outside of that to protect it from strong winds. I think the reflectix alone will not survive without additional support.

I might be biased tho... I grew up on a farm, in an old, drafty, 100 year old farmhouse. Straw bales around the foundation each fall was normal procedure.
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:59 AM   #18
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Assuming a 1500 watt electric heater running at a 75% duty cycle ,at 12 cents / KWH. for 5 months or 150 days , your cost to heat the underside of your trailer is approx $325.
Unless you insulate the ground under your trailer ,the exposed soil will act like a heat sink adding to the cost of operation.
Plus portable cord connected electric heaters will not do a very good job of distributing the heat evenly across the whole area and pose a fire danger . My Casita sits out all winter in temps as low as -30F without any heat and I have not encountered any issues.
Maybe I am missing something but all I see is no gain and a loss of $325.
I have used gorilla tape outside in the winter ,the glue residue
stayed securely in place , the tape did not.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:03 PM   #19
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I think he plans to live in it.
Looks like picture perfect misery to me.
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My past time last winter was watching the deer eat the tops of all our plants & shrubs. We had hard snow cover most of winter and they were very aggressive, can`t say that i blame them, they had to eat. I wonder what the deer would do to a couple hay stacks. Good Luck, Carl
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My past time last winter was watching the deer eat the tops of all our plants & shrubs. We had hard snow cover most of winter and they were very aggressive, can`t say that i blame them, they had to eat. I wonder what the deer would do to a couple hay stacks. Good Luck, Carl

Not a farm boy, huh? That's why you use straw, not hay. Animals don't eat straw, it's used for bedding. Hay is food.
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I think he plans to live in it.
Looks like picture perfect misery to me.
Looks like Glenn is right.. this thread will provide more background and help everyone better understand what Bill (OP) is trying to accomplish and why. In fact, this thread seems to be a continuation of that discussion.
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Old 11-23-2015, 02:39 PM   #23
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I used blue painters tape on my house vinyl siding as a temporary fix a couple of years ago. Procrastination showed that the tape lasted in the weather longer than anyone could expect. Maybe I will finish the project next year..
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My past time last winter was watching the deer eat the tops of all our plants & shrubs. We had hard snow cover most of winter and they were very aggressive, can`t say that i blame them, they had to eat. I wonder what the deer would do to a couple hay stacks. Good Luck, Carl
Use it around the foundation and they would probably eat you out of house and home...
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Hay bales are getting harder to find here in Vermont as many farmers have switched to large round bales. Not sure what the situation is in NJ. Over the years I have seen many use hay against a foundation for insulation. Two issues come up. First, rodents love to make homes in hay bales. Second, all it takes is one cigarrete butt and you have a disaster. I would suggest finding a carpenter/ handy man and have them make a proper skirting using ridged foam, blue board, pink board. At R5 per inch it will work much better than reflectix. Also, instead of a heater you might consider electric heat tape around your plumbing. Good luck, Raz
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Are you going to try to winter over in New Jersey in your Casita? I'm not sure how well Casitas are insulated inside the cubbies and under the sink, but you may need to provide more freeze protection for your water lines in those areas as well. I think your heater might be running a lot under camper. I'd be tempted to use a thicker foam board behind that reflectix. Will reflectix hold up to the elements or will the plastics in it break down?
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Old 11-23-2015, 09:08 PM   #27
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I don't think I can use hay-bales where I am at, my impression is they don't want to advertise that there are people camping through the entire winter.

I built a cover for the valves, and made another for the hose. Pictured below is the first cover:

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I also found some "no residue" tape. I bought some, but am afraid to use it on the Casita:

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I got an indoor/outdoor thermostat, the outdoor sensor is under my Casita. Without a space heater down there, it says it is 41 degrees under the skirted Casita, yet it is 26 degrees outside. Inside it is 70 degrees. Is ambient heat from inside the Casita able to warm the air beneath it? That would be cool, if so. Maybe I wont have to use a heater beneath it, if the skirting is good enough.

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I think it is too late to use 2x4s to anchor the Reflectix, I cut it so it just touches the ground. I don't think it is going to blow around though, at least it hasn't yet.
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I might have considered doing some PVC pipe support behind the Reflectix. I would "google" for every article on the web regarding full-timing in the winter. I would be lining my windows and roof vent with the Reflectix also. Have a broom to keep the snow load off the roof.

We did winter in NC in an entry level TT, 24' but that is the coldest we have done. Have an extra water hose that you keep inside. Also, have a hair dryer for defrosting things. Not sure about how your door is but with freezing rain, the door can freeze shut.

Research all that you can as there is a wealth of info out there. Be prepared for power failure also.
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