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Old 08-22-2022, 09:00 AM   #1
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Preparing for winter

Hi all, we (my wife, our dog and I) will be wintering in our Montana Big Sky this year while working on our house building project. We live in central New Hampshire where temps can fall to -10 degrees. The rv will be under a carport and partially shielded from the wind. I’m planning for my winter preps now so I have time to adequately prepare. A few questions for those crazy enough to have done this before

1- I’m planning to skirt the rv with rigid foam insulation board. Where I’m confused is the slide outs. Should I skirt around them so the underside is protected or should I not include the slide outs in the skirting and insulate them separately?

2- I plan on placing 1-2 “milkhouse” style heaters under the rv after it is skirted to help keep the tanks and pipes from freezing. Alternatively, it was suggested in one of the threads on the topic to consider a marine bilge heater located in the underbelly of the rv itself. Thoughts on which is best?

3- I’m sealing up all the gaps and perforations in the rv with spray foam. I noticed that the “basement” storage area is very poorly sealed from the “heated” mechanicals area under the rest of the trailer. Is it best to compartmentalize the rv and then heat each compartment or leave it more open so the heat flows through naturally?

4- final question! This model has the generator prep but no generator installed. There is a junction box underneath that the electric feed from the generator would have been connected too. Has anyone connected a traditional residential portable generator to this existing circuit to power the rv in emergency?

Thanks for the help!
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