• Ray
    932
    Starting to get my winter gear together. The RV skirting kit I ordered just arrived and a dehumidifier on the way. Figured I better get them early before the rush. Skirting is from a company called EZ Snap, the same as my window shades. Stay tuned for install videos coming up soon. Going to skirt around the main part of the RV and make a little room under the fifth wheel overhang.

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  • RVsolar
    459
    Yeah buddy heading out soon and have to get our winter gear as well !!!
    That little is the dog house when you Are BAD!!!!!
  • Ray
    932
    haha, yeah, maybe I better put in a subfloor and a wood stove. :)
  • RVsolar
    459
    don't Forget TV good comfortable chair you well not need a fridge it well be winter LOL!!!
  • Eddie Aileen
    202
    @RayThis was my "Man Cave" a few years back in the -35*F below Wyoming Winters!
    Happy Trails...Pal!!!
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  • Greg F
    315
    Sorry to hear you won't be making the yearly pilgrimage south into the States. Will you and Anne be traveling at all this winter or just burrowing in and hunkering down in BC?
  • Ed Camping
    7
    Ray,

    How cold does it get in BC where you are staying? Do you insulate your windows also? Heat under the 5th wheel because you will have skirting?
  • Ray
    932
    I lived on Vancouver Island for over 40 years and often winter camped in a van, so have an idea of what to expect. Average daytime highs in mid-winter around here are in the neighborhood or 40F and lows around 33F, average snowfall in mid-winter around 6" a month. Fighting moisture and windy rainstorms will be the biggest deal, versus any bitter cold. Usually what happens is low-pressure systems stack up in the Pacific and roll in one after the other bringing lots of clouds, wind, and rain but keeping temps mild, but every once on a while an Arctic outflow will happen, and cold air dives down over the Rockies and out to the coast. During these spells skies usually clear and temps drop below freezing even during the day and at night as low as 10F.

    It usually lasts a few days or so, maybe a week, and then the normal westerly Pacific airflow returns. But every once on a while you can get the cold arctic air hitting the moist Pacific air right over the Island and a big snow dump can occur. One year in the 90s in Victoria we had over 3 feet in a day or so. But many years barely a dusting takes place. So there is quite a bit of variability but overall the area is known for mild winters, much like Seattle.

    Many Canadians actually snowbird out here every year as a winter destination versus traveling down into the USA or Mexico. Compared to the middle of Saskatchewan its downright balmy. ;)

    I'm planning to add 3M shrink plastic to the windows we don't look out of much and will have at least one heater under the skirting, likely below our bedroom. We have free electricity at this park so will try and max out our 30A service as much as I can so I can save on propane cost. Also, may use some solar power when the sun is out to help heat. Usually when its sunny here in the winter is means its cold, so would help in the day to run a small heater.
  • RVsolar
    459
    well said our first time wintering on the inland.
  • RickB5r
    0
    Many RV park power pedestals have a separate 110V outlet. You didn't mention your Buddy Heater. Is that part of the plan too?
  • Ray
    932
    Our pedestal is just a 30 amp plug. I plan to only use the Big Buddy if required or if humidity is low as it will throw moisture into the rig. I have a little True North heater that has a 600 W setting so planning to put that down in the underbelly skirting and run it off the solar and lithium battery bank as extra. I have over 1000 watts of solar panels and 315 AH battery bank so will see how that works out. Usually around here, the cold periods are often sunny high pressures. The normal rain systems bring clouds that keep the temps mild like a big blanket. The ocean temps stay around 50F.
    Electric power is free here and of course, so is solar. So the goal is to maximize its use and reduce propane use as its expensive in these parts. If it gets really cold for a bit I'll just burn lots of propane. :)
  • Ray
    932
    Just got the skirting job completed in the nick of time. Big wind and rainstorm on the way! Will see how this EZ Snap skirt performs.

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  • JanS
    3
    I've been using EZsnap in Northern Ontario for 3 winters & love it ! I went with black to benefit from the extra heat from the sun. I also have two small barrel heaters underneath that come on when it hits -40C. I didn't use the suggested anchor pipe system as the skirt's weight kept it in place. Good thing to install at least the snaps now as they adhere better on a warm day. I also ordered extra snaps as some of my helpers were a tad rough on remove day ;) I also invested in some of their velcro - good for holding the skirt up when emptying the sewer tanks and to hold the extra panel that I put over the basement door - also, as I have a Class C, little 3 cm. velcro bits help tidy the skirting as it rounds the truck end. I also like their window screens for warming up the windows
  • Ray
    932
    That's great to hear! I went with almost all screw-in adhesive snaps as the winds here can get brutal in the winter. Our trailer is about 9 years old now so don't mind making holes, also most are into the sheet metal of the trailers lower portion versus the fiberglass sidewalls.
    I added some extra velcro to my order to make an access door and use it for various areas around the skirting. So far I'm happy with the product. Not cheap but pretty easy to install and take down and store. Cheers, Ray
  • RVsolar
    459
    looking good!!!
  • Eddie Aileen
    202
    Good job on the install Ray!
    But man........................ the Cougar looks weird in "Dry-Dock"?!?!???
    Hope C-19 thing goes away soon, the Mobile Homestead misses the BC Cougar!
    Happy Trails until we meet (Up) again friend!!!
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