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Old 01-05-2017, 12:44 AM   #15
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With an electrical hookup I'd do it. With the current Arctic Outflow in BC I leave my trailer plugged in with a small space heater set on low, it has no problem maintaining the temp. at 68 F very comfortable and dry.
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:40 AM   #16
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I will point out that we're talking about Juneau, not Anchorage, for the winter. Much milder there than Anchorage or the inland prairies. Cold, yes. Humid, definitely. Wintering in a good four season trailer, probably.

I'll second the comment made in passing, though, about investigating the cost of transportation in and out of Juneau with a vehicle and trailer. Could be prohibitive. I don't believe there is any land access- it would have to be a ferry.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:26 AM   #17
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There are three fiberglass trailers that might give you a fighting chance to survive the winter up there.
Bigfoot has already been mentioned but you need to be careful you get a post 2005 17'5', not an earlier 17'.
Escape with the full insulation, tank heating option.
Oliver, with it's double hull and full insulation.
I hope you'll keep us posted with yourb progress and results.

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Old 01-05-2017, 10:50 AM   #18
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Look At An Oliver

My hubby and I are looking to spend a lot of time in Alaska also, and I have spoken with the folks at Oliver trailers. They are well built, but what I didn't know until I spoke with them was, the owner started the company because he wanted a small trailer he could take to Alaska to hunt in the winter. I would take a look/speak to them about your requirements.
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:32 AM   #19
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I recommend you purchase the best insulated camper period regardless of what it is made of, spend the winter up there in it then make your final decision on what you want. In survival training you are told NOT to stay inside a downed aircraft but to make shelter out of snow (Igloo) due to its insulating capabilities.
A Fiberglass shell will have you freezing. I did 5 Winters in a well insulated stick built in Maryland and I did one winter in an Artic Insulated Stickbuilt in Langdon North Dakot where it got down to 35 below and the 2 gas furnaces could not keep up with the cold, it just got colder and colder even with both furnaces running full blast during one of the blizzards.
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Old 01-05-2017, 01:37 PM   #20
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Winter living in a Bigfoot

Greetings!
I just wanted to chime in & let you know I am living full-time in my Bigfoot in eastern WA, for my second winter! I purchased my Bigfoot in ID while I was still living in CA in preparation for starting my homestead in eastern WA. It is a true four season rv, which is why I went with Bigfoot. This winter I skirted around the bottom w plywood & 1"rigid foam. Temps get into the low single digits & I have not had any problems w pipes. I do take normal precautions; leave the sink cabinet doors open & a tiny trickle running when it is that cold. My propane furnace & an electric tower heater keep it comfortable & cozy!
I would just say to go for it & make it happen! You are certainly on the right track with a Bigfoot! 👍😊
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Old 01-05-2017, 02:53 PM   #21
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That last post about the Bigfoot in Washington is the second Bigfoot suggestion and is a solid answer.

Skirting is a must. In Maryland I connected the water line using black PVC, wraped with a heat tape and a foam covering. I had 3 electric heaters going (Ran an additional extension cord from the agencent empty camping spot) to supply the additional power for the heaters, installed 2 100 Pound Propane bottles with auto switching and the Propane company came by and kept them full. In extreme cold, propane stops flowing so you would need a heat tape there should it get down that cold. Always keep the cabnet under the water pipes open. I put rock salt in the grey and black tanks to keep them from freezing up and the black tank froze anyway. Just waited until a warmer day and ran hotwater in it so it would flush away.

I just looked up Bigfoot and their site says it all about imsulation and cold weather. Looks like they are the way to go.

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I agree with everything Darwin says and his setup is spot on. However I think the newer, fully insulated Escapes and Olivers may be as good as the Bigfoots. I guess time will tell.

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Old 01-05-2017, 03:59 PM   #23
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Heat loss calculations are based on heating degree days and design temperatures. ( 65 DEG F - Heating deg days )

1) Juneau Alaska= 8350 deg days
2) Jacksonville Florida = 1350 deg days
3 ) Baltimore Maryland = 4700 deg days
4) Duluth Minnesota = 9500 deg days
5) Eugene Oregon = 4800 deg days

The heating requirements for a trailer in Eugene Oregon or Baltimore Maryland are almost half of what is required for the same trailer in Juneau Alaska . Juneau's heating requirement are closer to Duluth MN.
What may work in a climate with 4000 or 5000 deg days will surely fail in a location with 8 or 9 or 10 K deg days.

You need to compare apples to apples
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:46 PM   #24
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I may not be the only one wondering. Why do you want to spend the winter in Alaska in a trailer? Other choices would be to pull the trailer to someplace warmer, or to rent an apt if you want to be in Alaska for snowsports or whatever there is there in the winter. Just curious.
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:23 PM   #25
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Thanks for all the replies. We are really looking to buy a home in Alaska and wanted to be able to go to multiple areas and see them before we decided. We are strongly considering doing this winter in the lower 48 to get ourselves adjusted to RV life and ensuring our equipment is ready for the cold. Again thanks for all the comments lots of great info.
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:32 PM   #26
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We haven't heard a word from Whoot on this topic. Perhaps he's frozen in a snowbank.
Anyway, he was trying to full time in New Jersey at one time.
Might glean something from this thread:

FT through NJ winter in Casita?
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This thread reminds me of stories repeated to me while in Montana, about people not experienced with very cold weather, coming out, purchasing a cabin and try to make a stab at living there. After a long snowy winter, they find inexperienced persons who had basically starved to death in their homes. With large snowfalls the result is being imprisoned in your home. If you have heat and food you can make it, but most experienced natives stock 2-3 months of food in case they get snowbound. So the farther you get from civilization the more you need to stock up, just playing the devils advocate here.
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:20 AM   #28
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Juneau is quite civilized. It is the capital city of Alaska and also the home of the Alaskan Brewing Company. It would be quite reasonable to spend a winter there in a Bigfoot trailer. As for Escape and Oliver being "just as good" as a Bigfoot in the winter, there are some major differences. Bigfoot is the only one that is a true 4-season trailer. The tanks and plumbing systems are fully enclosed and heated by the furnace with ducts. If you can't find a used Bigfoot, you should check out Arctic Fox. They are also 4-season trailers, but not molded fiberglass.
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