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Old 10-04-2017, 08:43 PM   #1061
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my brother is in fairbanks.. on clear days they can barely see the sun over the horizon and low trees.. if its cloudy and snowy the street lights may not go off in some areas.. esp valleys..

in summer he says they still get nice and warm and of course it never fully gets dark as you noted..

he loves it there.. its the perfect place to be a mountain man away from civilization - the opposite of me.. so I dont go there
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:57 AM   #1062
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I would love to live in Alaska. At least try it. This is where putting a wood stove in my skoolie would be essential which I plan on doing anyway.

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Old 10-05-2017, 08:03 AM   #1063
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my brother is in fairbanks.. on clear days they can barely see the sun over the horizon and low trees.. if its cloudy and snowy the street lights may not go off in some areas.. esp valleys..

in summer he says they still get nice and warm and of course it never fully gets dark as you noted..
Laxk of light in the winter is the only concern I have. That and the cost of living. Houses ain't cheap.

I wonder tho... how do you sleep in the summer? I'm NOT one of those people that has to put tape over LEDs to sleep but sleeping with high noon sunlight would take some getting used to as well.

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Lol. I like my city conveniences when it comes to shopping. I want options, I want exotic, I want cheap, and I want it now. I won't get that in wild AK. I've not been to Fairbanks (yet) but it's much smaller town than I had thought. I thought it was 100k plus people not less than 33k. Anchorage had everything I need. So when I park the McCandless II somewhere, it needs to be within 50 miles of a Walmart and Home Depot.

P.S. I've been looking at properties in WA and AK for just such a thing.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:34 AM   #1064
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my brother saysthey have most of the conveniences .. there are stabdard stores like home improvement centers, groceries etc.. I wonder about condensation living in a bus... you can make it as warm as you want with a wood stove but just normal life involves condensation.. and your wall temperatures are going to be very cold even in an insulated bus..

the standard homes up there have true 6 inch walls (not standard 2x4 like in most areas of the states.. {read 1.5 by 3.5} his hoiuse is measured at 6 inch outside wall..

they use a lot of wood and vinyl windows that are 2 or 3 pane plus sometimes storm windows to prevent condensation..

people do burn a lot ofwood.. (my brother has a propane furnace in his house but it only runs when his wood stove burns down and the inside temp drops.)..

he said most people just put up darkening blinds on their windows for summer.. if you were living in a skoolie you could fashion insulating panels that could snap over the windows which would darken and insulate (it does get warm in summer because the sun isnt set for long).

me personally I would have HUGE depression in winter due to lack of light..and inside light doesnt do it for me.. a wood stove where i can see the fire would help a lot.. but even just grey winters we have in ohio have caused me issues.. sometimes no sun for 10-14 days at a time.. just clouds..that to me is worse than the cold.. i can turn up the heat or make a bigger fire if I get cold...
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:54 AM   #1065
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There are double paned RV windows. I dunno about triple. Spray foam insulation would be good for condensation I would think. I doubt I would want to bus year round in AK. -70° in a metal box. Ouch. I could stick around for above 0° temps I think. I've gone camping into the 20s. Tents, especially backpacking tents, are not known for their R values.

I don't have that much of an issue with gray. I don't think Seattle would bother me. AK gray is apparently fall from what little I saw and what I was told. Fall is the gray and rainy season. The snow in Anchorage is very different than the snow in Fairbanks. As are the temps. Anchorage, being on the coast, is a humid wet winter but "warmer". Fairbanks supposedly has zero wind and very dry snow that is easier to use a leaf blower on than a shovel.

I could likely live in AK for 8 or 9 months of the year.
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:02 AM   #1066
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my brother said the same of the snow and in fact when its 0 and below out the snow is quite easy to drive on.. the plows will only take care of any major drifts and leave a layer of packed snow on the roads.. people up there are estute in how to drive on it.. so they dont race their tires and make ice (like they do here in ohio and im sure MD)..

plugins are everywhere.. people all have block heaters on their cars and trucks and many parking lots of outlets so you can plug in while in the establishment, so its rare for a vehicle not to start.
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:18 AM   #1067
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In MD and I have to assume OH, people DO NOT DRIVE IN SNOW. I don't care how good of a driver you are, how good of a driver you think you are, what kind of vehicle you drive, nor what kind of tires the vehicle is equipped with. It is simply impossible to drive in snow while hiding in the closet.
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I go out in the snow all the time.. most people in Ohio dont hide in the closet.. thats the issue.. the get out in the snow and try to go in it just like its sunny and 70 out.....

so yeah you are right they dont drive in the snow.. they just pretend its not there and go play bumper-cars.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:03 PM   #1069
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:57 PM   #1070
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I go out in the snow all the time.. most people in Ohio dont hide in the closet.. thats the issue.. the get out in the snow and try to go in it just like its sunny and 70 out.....

so yeah you are right they dont drive in the snow.. they just pretend its not there and go play bumper-cars.
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Then that is different than MD. Everything is shut down for the snow. End up having to burn a vacation day because the Army can't Army when it's snowing. Don't tell the Chinese or whomever else that wants to take over the world.

Apparently APG was NEVER closed regardless of how much snow there was before the New Jerseites got BRACed here. These days as soon as the second flake hits the ground, there's a 4 hr delay. If they both hit the ground and they don't melt, the base is closed for the day. Since most of the base is civilian govies and they get paid for the day off, they don't mind. If there's +6" of snow on the ground I don't mind burning the vacation day; I'll go hiking and/or take pictures. 1" of snow ain't worth all that.
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:43 PM   #1071
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Alright boys and girls, maybe think about starting an Alaska thread.
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You with all your heat and humidity are just jealous!!
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I've had that happen!

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MAN, I'm ELATED for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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yes!!!!!!!!! so glad to hear its a wart!!!!!!!

as for alaska? well ill take the heat and humidity.. (I may have given up my pricey downtown st pete apartment.. but the wheels are already turnin for a florida place to hang out when its spittin flakes in the north.. actually my business partner was already working on it for awhile now....)..

so florida wont be totally rid of me that easy lolol
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