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Welcome to Crawling from Winter!

I hate feeling so negative. But that’s my reality today. My mood stinks, my outlook stinks. I’m fed up.

Last night (Wednesday night) we learned that the closing on our house scheduled for this Friday is being postponed, again. We have been patient while the title company, appraiser and lenders have taken their sweet time to get their ducks in a row this past month. I finally understand why an “all cash offer” is so appealing, especially when you have places to be.

Winter in September isn’t Helping

Along with the turmoil of selling our house to travel the U.S. this winter, our landscape has been pummeled with snow and the temps in Montana have nose dived. It’ 27 degrees right now.

We were planning to be long gone by now. Away from the September snow. But here we are, living in our fifth wheel with icicles lining our doorway. Our fifth wheel is not an all season fifth wheel.

We knew the cold was coming a few days in advance so Zach was able to get some short-term winterizing done to the fifth wheel. We aren’t planning to stick it out for more than another month so we aren’t fully skirting the unit and heating the underneath.

Our quick fix temporary fifth wheel winterization

The pipes that are exposed under the fifth wheel are the exit pipes for the black water and grey water tanks. To keep these pipes from freezing, Zach installed low voltage heat cable to the pipe with electrical tape. Then he wrapped it with fiber glass foil backed reflective insulation and wrapped it with weatherproof tape.

The heat cable is rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

We picked up some more reflective insulation. We already have this installed throughout the living area of the fifth wheel. Including the windows and cabinets that line the exterior.

Zach measured the doors of the under carriage and then cut and taped insulation to fit. He also installed insulation on the roof of the under carriage.

We also got two utility lamps and put those in the undercarriage. Just to keep a little extra heat in the area.

We are still Running from Winter

We planned to begin Running from Winter in late September. That is not the case. We are finding ourselves Crawling from Winter instead. We will eventually make our way out of Montana and head south to thaw out for the winter.

I have updated our travel map to adjust for the early winter weather. I don’t image this will be the first time that we make changes to our route.