I’ve written before about how we stay warm in our Airstream travel trailer, but we did things a bit differently this year. Plus, the weather is changing– thank god– and I’ve been getting more questions about how we both heat and cool our Airstream. So, I thought it might be a good idea to do a little update on the subject.
How We Heat The Airstream Travel Trailer
To give you a little background, we live in North Carolina. North Carolina is the south, but we do have all four seasons. It usually snows at least once during the winter, but there isn’t snow on the ground all winter long.
The first year we lived in the Airstream we had an original AC unit that did not have a heating coil. Originally, our Airstream was heated with propane. We currently hook our Airstream up to electricity full-time because at the moment, we do not take our trailer on the road and we do not want to use propane.
Therefore, the first winter, we simply used two space heaters to keep our home warm. (We use two older models of this space heater.) I was never uncomfortably cold, but the situation was not ideal either. We did use heated blankets and some other methods to take the chill off. (Read more about those methods here.) This past year our original AC unit died, so we invested in a Coleman Mach III and a ceiling kit. (The ceiling kit is the bottom part of the AC unit. I was unable to find the exact unit we used online. The one I linked to is not our exact unit, but a similar one that fits with the Mach III.)
When the fall rolled around, we also invested in a heat kit for the unit. We installed everything ourselves by using the instructions the units came with and we bought the parts on Amazon. We were much warmer with the heat kit. In the morning, we still used a space heater in the bathroom to take the chill off, but the heat kit made a huge difference.
If we were going to do a lot of travelling and dry camping (or boondocking as the full-timers call it!) with our trailer in the winter, I would have considered using a wood stove from my friends at Tiny Wood Stove. They are great people and firewood is pretty easy to find on the road.
Now let’s cool it down!
How We Cool The Airstream Travel Trailer
In North Carolina, the humidity is high and summer can be consistently in the 90s. The Airstream is also basically a huge tin can. A small dog and my sanity make cooling the trailer an essential task.
Again, that first year we made do with our original air conditioning unit and a fan, but it could get uncomfortably warm. We used an extra, vintage fan at night. (Similar one here.) When our old unit kicked the bucket, we installed the Coleman Mach III that I mentioned before. And although the cost of a new unit hurt, that new unit worked so much better than the old one.
Some additional tips
With our new heating and cooling unit, the Airstream is a comfortable temperature year-round. If I had to do it all over again, I would have added a thicker insulation under our floors. We also chose a thicker fabric for our curtains that has been immensely helpful in keeping out drafts from the windows.
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