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Old 11-21-2013, 12:57 AM   #15
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I have a Honeywell cube ceramic heater that does the job. 1,500 watt with fan.
But, I would only advise to get whatever you can on sale ( and I'd start with the Honeywell ) and keep your receipt. Try it out at home in a small room. If the fan drives you crazy, take it back and get another. It's only going to be louder in a trailer.
If you can't handle any noise, you can get a mini oil filled heater ( 800W ), which is silent, but eight times the size of a 1,500 W cube heater.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #16
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I just ordered one of these: DeLonghi TRN0812T Portable Oil-Filled Radiator with Programmable Timer

I have a small electric radiant heater with an oscillating fan in there right now, and it's keeping it plenty warm during this "arctic blast" we're getting in the PNW. I also put in a small de-humidifier because I noticed the underside of the escape hatch was getting a lot of condensation (it was raining on my table!). I'm betting with a window or two open a crack, and the heater going, that won't be a problem.

And as mentioned above, I put the remote sensor for a thermometer on the table, and I can see the temps from inside the house. (That was an excellent suggestion from an older thread)

I also ordered a fitting for the city water connection that will allow me to use the compressor to blast any water out of the city water side of the water system (which we never use anyway). And as Byron pointed out, the water tank, water pump, and interior water lines will be fine, since they're inside the trailer.

The only other thing I did was to pour a bit of RV antifreeze into the sink and the toilet. The black and grey water tanks are empty, so they should be OK.

So, it should be safe sitting in the driveway, and is more or less ready to go.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:50 PM   #17
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Thinking about that condensation on the inside of the escape hatch, has anybody ever put a piece of insulation/ensolite/rat fur/whatever on that, just to keep the humid air from condensing on it?
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:24 PM   #18
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Thinking about that condensation on the inside of the escape hatch, has anybody ever put a piece of insulation/ensolite/rat fur/whatever on that, just to keep the humid air from condensing on it?

I've heard of some that do, but I like to just barely open the escape hatch to let moisture escape and reduce condensation on the windows. You'll probably have do a bit of cold weather camping to figure what works best for you. I rely on the furnace to keep us warm then control condensation by allowing warm moist air to escape through the vent. The furnace has to work a bit harder, but propane isn't very expensive and it's the price you pay for being able to camp in cold weather.

Boy sunny, but cold weather is sure having an effect on my feet. (itchy feet wanting to be on the road)

FYI.. I keep the ceiling vent and the small window over the stove open a bit while the trailer is parked in it's nest. The extra cost is heat is a small price to pay to keep mildew out.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:34 PM   #19
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I know you can purchase double insulated 14x14 vent covers ( I have one for sale ) to replace the stock Fantastic Fan or other 14x14 vent cover. It helps eliminate condensation in the winter.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:00 PM   #20
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So I have another winter time Scamping question, about chains. Actually two questions.

1. I have an all-wheel drive Highlander for a tow vehicle. In conditions requiring chains, does one put them on the back tires, or the front tires? Seriously. The guy at Les Schwab told me that the conventional wisdom is to put them on the front, since those are the steering tires, but said he puts them on the back, to help keep the back of the car from catching up with him in a mishap. So what do you guys think, especially for towing?

2. My Scamp has electric brakes. Does that mean I ought to put chains on the Scamp, to facilitate stopping?

Any remarks?

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So I have another winter time Scamping question, about chains. Actually two questions.

1. I have an all-wheel drive Highlander for a tow vehicle. In conditions requiring chains, does one put them on the back tires, or the front tires? Seriously. The guy at Les Schwab told me that the conventional wisdom is to put them on the front, since those are the steering tires, but said he puts them on the back, to help keep the back of the car from catching up with him in a mishap. So what do you guys think, especially for towing?

2. My Scamp has electric brakes. Does that mean I ought to put chains on the Scamp, to facilitate stopping?

Any remarks?

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Check with Washington chain laws about the trailer. In Oregon if chains or traction devices are require and you're towing chains are required on the tow vehicle. If the trailer is equipped with breaks then it too must have chains.
As to which axle, chain laws might determine that, if not check your owners manual about chains.

Or you could do what I do, I carry chains for both the truck and the trailer, but watch the weather and only head into snow country when there's not much of a chance of new snow.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:38 AM   #22
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So I have another winter time Scamping question, about chains. Actually two questions.

1. I have an all-wheel drive Highlander for a tow vehicle. In conditions requiring chains, does one put them on the back tires, or the front tires? Seriously. The guy at Les Schwab told me that the conventional wisdom is to put them on the front, since those are the steering tires, but said he puts them on the back, to help keep the back of the car from catching up with him in a mishap. So what do you guys think, especially for towing?
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Read your cars manual and put the chains on what ever axle it says to & what type of chains to use. ;- ) You may find that your vehicle is like two of mine and there is only one axle that the chains will actually fit & only cable type chains are to be used. On my full time all wheel dive Subaru for example cable chains will only fit on the front.

Edit to add: if you are seriously going to decide to travel over mountain passes in winter I would seriously think about putting REAL snow tires on the car - they have a snow flake on them.
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