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#1404580 - 10/07/16 11:22 AM Glider-cicles...
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Registered: 12/28/15
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Loc: Pacific NW
Yikes.
I spent a lot of time and money getting this RV ready to fight the heat. Had not expected it to be so poorly insulated against the cold.

Day 1 on the road...the TwoDog team struggles to keep up with the 30-degree temps. We huddled everyone into one room and used all available heat and blankets to get through the night.

Unexpected. Need to think of a powered cage heat solution or some kind of over-sized sleeping pouch I can take under the covers with me when it gets cold...mama is pregnant and cold won't do!

The kids are bonding to me really well. Haven't tried any hood or bonding pouch training yet. But they are lovey-huggy and not too resistant to being scooped up.

I would post some more pics, but the moving kids seem to have stolen my camera equipment. :-( This just after my car got robbed and vanadalized. i guess it was time to get out of town.

Heading south...hopefully Arizona will be warmer!

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#1404583 - 10/07/16 02:06 PM Re: Glider-cicles... [Re: TwoDog]
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I like this: Cage Heaters , they are for parrots but they are on the outside of the cage. Then just wrap the cage with a blanket.

No cords for the little ones to get to.

Mine has a square thing on each end with a hole in it, I used zip ties to secure it to the cage, then I wrapped the cage in a cotton quilt. I wouldn't risk fleece as it could melt and start a fire.
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#1404589 - 10/07/16 05:41 PM Re: Glider-cicles... [Re: TwoDog]
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OMG Thank you!!!

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#1404590 - 10/07/16 05:47 PM Re: Glider-cicles... [Re: TwoDog]
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We have stopped for the night at our favorite truck stop near Raton NM. Got everyone fed and got the cage cleaned. (The cage gets mighty messy when we are moving.)
Planning on having to bunker down in the main room again tonight. Got a Mr. Heater Buddy heater to help with the load. Should be a pretty tolerable night.
I don't want to pull them out of the cage tonight...planning on moving out early tomorrow. Once we set down in a spot for a more extended stay I'll let them out....
Everyone was ready to stop I think.

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#1404591 - 10/07/16 06:33 PM Re: Glider-cicles... [Re: TwoDog]
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Cover their cage with a blanket for the night.
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Forever in my heart, Gizmo, Tucker and the rest of my babies over the :rbridge:


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#1404594 - 10/08/16 05:20 AM Re: Glider-cicles... [Re: TwoDog]
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Registered: 10/07/14
Posts: 2535
Loc: SW Missouri
We are in Kansas City in our 5th wheel. It's currently 44 deg outside (5:00 am) and 67 deg inside. Hopefully the coldest night we will have to endure for now.

We normally keep 2 infrared heaters for main heat and use the gas furnace for a backup. I know it sounds backwards but it works better and saves from running out of gas in the middle of the night. Both electric heaters are downstairs.

The girls are upstairs with us (heat rises). They aren't allowed loose downstairs with the electric heaters on.

I do the same insulation for winter as I do for summer with the exception of a cover for the outside door when it drops to below freezing. I have bubble wrap type insulation for every window and skylight. At first I cut up old windshield protectors, now I have the regular silver bubble wrap you buy at Lowe's or home depot. I takes away drafts from the Windows and precious heat loss in skylights. The downside is light. It will feel like a cave in extreme weather. But I do what I have to in order to stay comfy as possible. If you have slide outs some people wrap them once set up. It helps with rain noise too.

If you have slide outs, check for air gaps. There is usually a big one under the bed platform. Best way to find it is a darkened camper and bright light outside. I keep rugs across all floors where slide outs are.

When the Temps fall to 20 or less deg at night, I cut fleece in 4" wide strip and line the inside of the slide out where it meets the wall.. kinda tuck it between the two without damaging the insulation pad that seals them together.

with the exception of the bubble wrap and door cover the rest is a bit time consuming for an overnight stay.

Keep in mind the dessert does get cold at night even in Tucson and winters can be cold but nothing like Colorado.

I hope this helps. Be safe and warm in Your travels...


Edited by Ladymagyver (10/08/16 05:23 AM)
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#1404649 - 10/12/16 09:31 AM Re: Glider-cicles... [Re: TwoDog]
TwoDog Offline
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Registered: 12/28/15
Posts: 522
Loc: Pacific NW
Hey thanks for the input! sounds like your 5th wheel is set up a little different than mine.
Currently been running the gas furnace all night. It stops about 1am though...don't know why. I turn it on and off and it resumes.
I did duct tape over the upper furnace vents to force that hot air to come out in the main compartment..and that helped. I got those little pillows from Camco in the upper vents.
Great idea on the silver bubble wrap! I will do that!

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#1404671 - 10/14/16 07:53 AM Re: Glider-cicles... [Re: TwoDog]
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Registered: 10/07/14
Posts: 2535
Loc: SW Missouri
Since I'm not familiar with your rig, I will say we have had a similar issue.

But we have a clicking with it. Hubby found a faulty connection where the heater and A/c connect to the thermostat. Not at the thermostat but inside the furnace cover. We have a grease (at home of course) that is for grounding to prevent moisture/ corrision from interfering with contact. We use it on our diesel batteries and RV battery. Moisture is apparent in all parts of the RV systems especially in cold weather in the form of condensation. Our furnace is located under our shower ( only place to put I suppose, but not good when drain drips on control panel when it shook loose).

Hopefully you have an owners manual to help with identifying parts on your furnace. It's a simple concept once you know what you're looking at.

Good luck!
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#1404776 - 10/19/16 02:50 PM Re: Glider-cicles... [Re: TwoDog]
Hutch Offline
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Loc: Heinsberg, Germany
Hey Comrade, how's the weather been treating you lately? Did you get the insulation & heating source all figured out?
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