Ohh Y’all I sound like a Stark! [sorry avid Game of Thrones fan right here and I’m totally team Stark! Or whatever John Snow is nowadays]
Anywho… I’m not here to talk about GOT but getting our fifth wheel ready for winter. What we have tried, what we have, and what we do.
Ok, so in case you didn’t know we’re full-timers. I’ve had a few people ask how we manage the winter. Now we’re mostly in the south central US but the weather here is crazy! [Like one day I’m wearing my Uggs and a hoodie, the next I’m ready to throw on a bathing suit and swim, only for the next day to be looking for my gloves and scarves!] or that can happen all in one day! Ya just never know in Oklahoma.
Anyways I’m rambling… I was trying to say the weather is unpredictable around us and we’re kinda prepared for all of it!
So without further rambling (well I hope anyway) what we do.
- We have a heated water hose. A Very fancy deal, not gonna lie it’s pricey. Pretty sure ours came from Walmart.
- PVC pipes for our sewer (we use the stretchy hoses on the summer and when we’re moving frequently) but Dillon says they freeze easy
- Reflective insulation [or as I call it Shiny bubble wrap stuff] on all of our windows and skylights. [This stuff drives me crazy because it’s basically blackout and I love the sunlight ] but it so helps keep the heat in
- Electric heater just small ones with thermostat [our favorite is this little Sunbeam] be smart unplug them when your not home and don’t cover them up with anything. [We have these at the cabin too]
- We leave our faucets dripping slowly when we think the temperatures may drop
- We don’t use the propane heater unless we have to. That stuff isn’t cheap. We pay for electricity at our sites already!
- We Insulate our water source. If it’s in the ground cover it. If it’s a water spicket put heat cord around it. Most places will do it or require you to do it.
- We open our cabinet doors at night when the temperatures get sketchy.
- We also love our electric blankets. [Well I love it, Dillon actually hates it]
- We also make sure our fresh water bulk tank isn’t completely full.
That’s pretty much it, I know that seems extreme and I guess it is but I didn’t want to miss a single helpful thing.
Ok, so I also get a lot of questions about the underpinning or skirting. We had one for the Seria [because Dillon’s parents got it] I put it on two years and said screw it after that! The main reason it was such a hassle and little to no effect inside. Y’all it’s practically just a tarp. The second reason was ours was all tore to hell because there were no tie downs (poor design) and it just flapped In the wind constantly. Also, they are on the pricey side. We have looked at other places and options and seen one we really liked on a neighbors camper. He said he got it here. We just can’t pack up and go anytime soon.