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Old 10-30-2019, 01:16 AM   #41
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Not sure what your hook up situation is but if you leave the water running at a trickle it usually will keep the lines from freezing. There’s also those heated hoses you can buy but they’re pricey. Camping World there would have some.
One other thought to help seal things up is you could buy some of the spray foam in the rattle cans for like $5-$10 each at Home Depot. If there’s any cracks around that you can fill or in the ceiling it can make a difference. It’s messy though so be careful.
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Old 10-30-2019, 06:11 AM   #42
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I feel for you but you need to work fast to cover for that lack of planning. Keep air out from under the bus, Cover windows and your piping all needs to be insulated. Even well insulated busses need lots of btu's to stay warm. Electric heat isn't your solution either. Any LP vented heater over 30k Btu will do, even a side vent Rennai. Use Construction cylinders you can transport to refill. I doubt any LP company will set a 100 gal tank on a temp install without permits. Does suck hauling them back in forth but I have done it. You can't get over 10kbtu out of a barbecue cylinder due to very little vapor area at such low temps. The liquid needs to boil off to produce gas and small tanks won't work. You will need larger tanks for more btu.
All this will take immense effort in a short period of time. If your not prepared or can't be then find shelter now. There is no such thing as unicorns when it comes to survival. Only common sense will work at this stage of the game.
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Old 10-30-2019, 07:25 AM   #43
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Negative 2 here in Mud Lake this morning, brrr! Did you get straw bales around the bottom of your bus? Any way you can slide a 1/2 inch layer of foam or maybe that aluminum bubble wrap between your pipes and the wall of the bus? Years ago a friend spent the winter here with a bumper pull camper and he covered the entire thing, sides and top with little straw bales. He was able to keep it warm inside but the moisture was a problem. The attached pic was like how he covered his camper.
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:11 AM   #44
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Wow, the covering in hay bales is a hell of a solution.

I will mention that at 15 degrees outside, a single 1500 W space heater keeps its 45 inside my bus. That goes to show good insulation really helps.

The wood stove cranks out major heat, and deals with the moisture. Only time I get condensation is if I'm cooking or if I put my swimsuit and towel up to dry after swimming at the springs.
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Old 10-30-2019, 03:43 PM   #45
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If I was determined to stick it out I'd shut my water system down and pack some jugs in. Surprising what you can do on a gallon a day.

Increasing the heat in various places by whatever means involves fire risk, overheated cords, open flames etc.. Turning your living quarters into something akin to a dark flammable mine shaft with little chance of escape somehow lacks romantic appeal. Just sayin!
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:53 AM   #46
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Similar to what was said about the concrete curing blankets/tarps I saw some insulated tarps on sale at a store up here. You might find some at harbor freight down there or on Amazon. Throw them over the roof and tie rope around the bus and I bet they’d make a pretty big difference as long as they’re thick enough. Remember heat rises so the roof is where insulation makes the most difference.

This link is to a popular store in Canada but they’d probably ship down to you and there are different sizes, this is the biggest. It’s priced in Canadian dollars so with current exchange it’s roughly 30% less in USDollars.
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