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Old 01-29-2014, 04:12 PM   #21
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I can't imagine comfortable (warm & dry) winter camping camping anywhere in Canada (coastal/otherwise) without insulation. I opened the 2012 Season April 10th in Whistler, '13 March 31st in Banff and plan '14 for March 5th in Golden, BC. As a skier I PRAY for lots of snow :-) No freezing rain experience yet and no problems getting out of my insulated 19 the normal way so far.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:19 PM   #22
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Thank you Robert but the question is still not answered.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:42 PM   #23
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Out of curiosity, if two Escape Trailers were parked together at a camp site, in a heavy snow condition, one insulated and one not, would the furnace melt the exterior snow off the non-insulated trailer?
I think the answer to your original question is a definite MAYBE/MAYBE NOT. It's not whether it's snow, or ice rain, or insulation or no insulation; what are the other factors in play? How deep was the snow on the trailer? How low did the temperature really get? For what duration? How long was the heater on? I don't think it's a simple yes or no.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:44 PM   #24
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Your original question has too many variables to realistically control and solve for.

Exterior wet & dry bulb temps, wind speed, moisture content of snow, snow depth, interior temp, solar input, are just some that come to mind..

might be better use of time to address the concern and mitigate the potential for freezing at the trailer/door interface.. overhead gutter, non-insulated door, remove weather strip on lock side.. ensure emergency window exit works :-)
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:50 PM   #25
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J Mac. As far as your door freezing shut on a trailer that is insulated vs non-insulated, both should have a very similar likelihood that this would occur. The reason is that the weather strip of your door is in a location (i.e. around the edge of the door) where the insulation does not help to reduce heat loss. Therefore insulated vs uninsulated will not matter.

With regards to your question regarding snow melting off the roof of your Escape, I would say that the uninsulated trailer will have a greater rate of heat loss and a greater likelihood of melting the snow. However, as noted above, the exact performance will depend on too many factors that cannot be easily evaluated. Best would be for you to undertake a field trial in heavy snowfall conditions and report back to us.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:55 PM   #26
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Thank you ice-breaker, Burloak, and santacruzer. You did what many before you tried. You answered the question.
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Are you using your Escape as lodging when you go skiing?
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:39 PM   #28
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No abby it was just a hypothetical question that eventually got answered.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:49 PM   #29
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Thank you ice-breaker, Burloak, and santacruzer. You did what many before you tried. You answered the question.
You must have misread my first post, as I did answer your original question there.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:54 PM   #30
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[QUOTE=Jim Bennett;42902]You must have misread my first post, as I did answer your original question there.[

And within 6 minutes of first post! Most impressive.
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