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Old 09-26-2012, 01:40 PM   #31
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Some new photos of the conversion.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:26 PM   #32
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Nice fabrication. I love to watch others work. Keep the pics comming
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:51 PM   #33
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I would be highly interested in the dual pane window info. We are new to this and are working on converting a 98 IH and Carpenter body. Due to some health issues I'm. Told I have about 3 years to enjoy it. So any info that will help is much appreciated mam.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:29 AM   #34
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Lorna- Thanks for the frugal window info! That is the kind of info I for one need badly. Thanks for posting it!
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:57 PM   #35
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Ok so speaking of full time and Winter living, and since I live in the Northeast, do campgrounds in the rest of the country allow you to stay in your "home" from Nov.1st - March?? Up here they have seasonal and allow you access for maintainance but will they let you stay in your bus?? One campground told us that we could stay but water would be shut off and depending how weather holds up for access...still looking around...I guess not too many people do this full time!
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:33 AM   #36
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It depends a great deal on location and profitably of the park. Here in Colorado there are lots of year round parks that deal with cold and snow because lots of us enjoy skiing and other mild winter activities. In North Dakota there are also several because the demands of the oil field create the need for year round RV solutions. You'll likely find very similar results elsewhere.
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Old 03-29-2015, 04:16 PM   #37
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Lorna this is great info, and it does work. Whether it is a temp fix before you can get 'the real thing', or a way to save on your energy costs, or a fix to a rental property- it really works well!

I have been using bubble wrap for years in drafty rental houses and apartments. The house I currently live in is very poorly insulated, and has original double hung windows with wall weights from pre-1940. Some have storms. Some don't. I got a giant roll (30"? Wide) and double-wrapped all my windows. It made a 10*F improvement with the same settings and outside temp. I label and re-use my wrap from year to year.

This year, facing weeks of below 0*F, and once getting to -31*F, I added 'curtains' of plain old fleece from a fabric store that I picked up for $3/yd which was 5' wide. These windows are warmer to the touch than the solid walls now. Gotta love thermal breaks! I keep the curtains down on my Northern/shaded windows, and open the sunny-side curtains to let in the light.

If there is a storm window, I put one sheet of bubble wrap in between the storm and the interior glass, with the bubble surface to outside glass to make more air barriers- including the one between the flat side and the inside glass. Then I make a sheet big enough to cover the entire window frame (using clear packing tape) and attach it with whatever method works best for that window. I've used tacks, painters tape, removable tabs (command-style), tension rods, magnets, etc. my windows went from ice covered and able to blow a candle flame, to no draft with no frost on the inside overnight.

I've also made indoor 'door curtains' for doors I don't usually use in winter, and wrapped my storm doors with bubble wrap too.(with a window flap if necessary )

I've also used a layer or two on outside walls under cabinets with susceptible plumbing. My cheap $1 thermometer registered a 20* difference in one cabinet this year when I double lined the base and up the sides and back. Those pipes didn't freeze up this year! Yay!
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