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Old 01-29-2014, 07:15 PM   #31
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Jim Bennett .....I guess when I read "it would likely melt both trailers" in your post I should have known you meant "it would likely melt the snow off both trailers".
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:19 PM   #32
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Don't fret Jim, sometimes the same question is asked until they get the answer they want, you and I both know the answers received here is worth every penny paid for such.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:38 PM   #33
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I just wanted an answer to the thread I started. Isn't that how forums work?
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:40 PM   #34
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The potential for snow melting off the roof, then freezing on the side as the water runs off exists for both insulated and non insulated trailers. The common denominator being the weather conditions but for the most part in my experience, it has been a non issue. I lived in a variety of trailers from RV's to industrial trailers over the years in northern Alberta. In periods between thawing and then freezing, water would sometimes freeze and ice build up on the side of the trailer regardless of the insulation. This was usually a very short term problem.
Never had a problem with the door freezing shut and trapping someone inside in part due to design. The drip cap over the door prevented water from running down the door and building up. Also, air leakage around the doors allows warm air to leave the trailer as trailer door seals are not perfect by a long shot. I realize that this answer is not specific to the insulated or non insulated 17b but short of peer reviewed research, I think the experiences I've had are applicable.
In cold weather, my bigger concern would be keep the trailer warm and pipes from freezing, insulated or not.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:48 PM   #35
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:05 AM   #36
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Are you using your Escape as lodging when you go skiing?
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Absolutely, my cozy 16x7 ski chalet I start out dry camping till things warm up a bit. Heated clean campground washrooms help a lot
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:22 PM   #37
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I also coated the rubber with vaseline to prevent future sticky situations.
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Vaseline is a petroleum product and will rot rubber gaskets.
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Silicone?
Yes, the method makes sense, and silicone lubricants are the usual answer in the automotive world.

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I just wanted an answer to the thread I started. Isn't that how forums work?
No; you may be thinking of a help desk service.
A forum is a conversation: you say something, other people say something which is likely related but not dictated by you. It goes back and forth, and may or may not go where you want.

Frustrating, isn't it?
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:36 PM   #38
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Snow is actually a pretty good insulating material. For example, in our cold climates, when the ground is covered with snow the depth of frost penetration into the ground during the winter is significantly reduced relative to areas with no snow cover.
- Question is, how will the snow cover on the roof of your Escape impact life inside your Escape after a heavy snowfall?
- Will the deep snow on the roof help to slow down the rate of heat loss from your Escape so that your furnace does not need to work as hard?
- Will the heat loss through the roof of your Escape melt the snow on the roof?
- Is there any difference in the answers to these questions if your Escape has extra insulation?
- Is there only one correct answer to these questions?

I am starting to regret cutting classes on the day we discussed this in my thermodynamics class in University.
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