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Old 01-29-2014, 10:46 AM   #1
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Insulated vs non-insulated

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?
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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It would likely melt both trailers if kept at or near room temps.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:04 AM   #3
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I'm just wondering about the possibilities of the door freezing shut on an insulated trailer, with the occupants inside, during an ice rain situation. Would the furnace on the non-insulated trailer keep the shell of the trailer at a temperature above freezing....preventing the door from freezing shut.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:18 AM   #4
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I've never camped in winter conditions and I've never had the need to turn on my trailers furnace. Would the furnace heat the inside of a non-insulated trailer and thus warm the outside shell to a temperature just above freezing?
I've been reading about how some of the winterized trailers on this forum have their doors iced shut. Couldn't this happen with the occupants inside?
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The awning would disallow the melted snow to run down over the door. Ice from mist or freezing rain would be a different story.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:37 AM   #6
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I live on the West coast so I don't have the problem of a frozen door on my trailer this year. Why are some of the more Eastern trailers experiencing frozen door symptoms? I'm just wondering if it could become a safety issue.
Thank you Jim Bennett for your input but the question is still not answered.
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Actually this just happened to me here at home. I leave a small heater on inside BlackJack and we have had temperatures at -0- or below for past 5 days. Yesterday I tried to open the door and it was frozen shut, not the lock but the hinges had ice and door would not budge. There was iceicles running down the side of the camper from the awning and there was one below the door as if water had come out from under the door, Today I went out and unlocked and removed the ice off the hinges and pulled and the door opened. there was some ice all along the bottom where water had dripped down around the gasket and then froze, thus the stickiness. I drilled 3 small 1/64" holes along the door bottom to allow any future water to escape and not collect. I noted there were already drain holes in the rubber gasket. I also coated the rubber with vaseline to prevent future sticky situations. My trailer does have the insulation package. So in summary, coating the door seal with vaseline or some other product should keep this from happening and drill a tiny hole on the door bottom right next to the seam, in the middle to allow any water or condensation to escape.
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Vaseline is a petroleum product and will rot rubber gaskets.

Would this have happened in a non- insulated trailer is the original question/topic.
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