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EricGT

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Posted: 10/09/12 10:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are having a 30x40x15 building put up next month to house our RV, tractor, cars, etc.
The price to insulate is $5000. I can have a heat system installed for practically free from a friend in the business.

Question is- will I get $5000 value out of heating the building? I have never winterized my RV, so I have no idea how difficult it is. We do use the motorhome twice monthly during the winter months. Is winterizing a simple, quick process?

Also, are there other benefits to keeping the building heated to 45 degrees- tires, electronics, etc?

I am just unsure if it is a worthy $5000 investment to insulate and heat?


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personly I would't do it, not worth the cost,just go South where it is warm, the shed will be great to house the RV,


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I would insulate purely for resale reasons if nothing else. As to heating if the unit is that good a deal get it installed and weigh cost/value after than.

Winterizing is fairly quick and easy even with having to deal with icemakers etc. We've got 2 more trips in November but I just finished going our coach and TC. However if you're going to be doing a couple of trips a month during the winter I see a good value in keeping the building at ~40ยบ or so.


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Posted: 10/09/12 10:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

EricGT,

Winterization is not hard to do and the cold won't hurt anything.
That said, I would suggest insulating (and heating) the building because it will add to your comfort when working out there and while getting ready for "the next trip!".

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Excellent ides. Thank-you!
rgraham, I do need to admit...your response was the best though.

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Please correct me if I make this sound too simple:
But to winterize could I get away with this-
Use the water pump to pull an anti-freeze solution in through the pipes and out through both faucets and shower head. When all three are shooting pink water...I am winterized. As long as I keep the holding tank less than .5 full it shouldn't burst, correct?
I will by pass the water heater and make sure the plug is out.

Once we are ready to hit the road I will fill the holding tank to full and simply turn the water on until all three are clear.

Is it that easy? If so...that's a lot easier/cheaper than 5 grand.

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Posted: 10/09/12 11:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't forget any low point drains, or outside shower. Don't want that stuff to freeze. Run the pink stuff through to be safe.


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In your rare circumstance, I would actually put in the cheap heating system and NOT insulate. If you need it warm for a few hours here and there, you would have that option. If you find you like it as a heated space, then pay to insulate it once you know you will get the payback on the heating bill.

Low cost, low risk, high flexibility.

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The holding tanks should be empty except for a small bit of antifreeze. Water expands in all directions when frozen.

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Would insulation in the roof help in the summer? How much to just do the roof as you could always do the walls later (this assumes no finish on the inside walls). When I winterize I only use air to blow the lines out as I do not like the taste the pink stuff leaves for months afterwards.


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