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Fulltime RVer Living in Alaska
Gordon R. from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory asks....
(The secret of fulltime RVing where it is cold.)
How can you be a full-timer and live in Alaska? My wife and I have been considering the full-time RV lifestyle, but we live in the Yukon Territory, Canada. We figured the only way we could do it was to move south. What is your secret?
Coleen, the RVing editor replies:
Insulation. Although you didn't mention cold or wintery weather, I'm guessing what you are really wondering is how to live fulltime in an RV where the temperatures are below zero. In a word, the secret to that is … insulation.
Park the RV on top of foam board insulation. Line cabinets with insulation. Block off unused windows and vents with insulation. If you are going to be in one place for an extended time, use insulation to skirt the rig.
We've wintered in our travel trailer in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We had mornings there where our thermometer read 38 below zero. We learned quite a few things there and that gave us the confidence to know we could winter in our RV in Alaska.
Fulltime RV living in Alaska in the winter does take some planning and preparation. Insulating is really only part of it. There are other things we've done for both safety and convenience. We have some articles on what we did to prepare and some specifics of how we did things. Take a look at what I have posted in the Cold Weather RVing section.
Another thought, spend the summers fulltime RVing in Canada or the northern USA, and then head south for the winter. You wouldn't need to move south. You might just join the snowbirds who go south for a few months. We did that last winter, spending time in the southern states, and really had a great time.
Now, if I read something into your question other than what you asked, do let me know. It could be that you were wondering why we spend so much time in Alaska. There is so much to see and do here that a fulltime RVer living in Alaska could spend a lifetime exploring this state and still not see everything there is to see.
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