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Arctic Trailer Package for Alaska and Canada

 
 

We Design and Build Trailers for all Weather, Terrain, and Climate Conditions. We can build walls. ceilings and floors that are 4” to 6” in thickness and that will keep you warm when outside temperatures are 30 / 40 degrees below zero.

These units can be set up to produce between 15,000 / 135,000 BTUs of heat and keep you warm inside. no matter what the outside temperature is. To accomplish this certain criteria’s must be met and will be discussed to follow.

These units can also be outfitted with Skirting that surrounds the undercarriage / bottom of the Trailer in the evening hours when the Trailer is occupied. to deter the wind driven snow and bitter cold winds that build up and generate the sub-zero temperatures.

Fresh water tanks along with Grey Water and Solid Waste tanks are usually mounted under the Trailer. between the cross-members. Due to extreme cold temperatures these tanks freeze and obviously interfere with the function of the Trailer

In Arctic Climates some sacrifices must be made in order to have warm inside temperatures and running water whether hot or cold. to include shower, toilet, washing machine, and other applications.

In severe cold weather it becomes necessary to install fresh, hot water, and grey water tanks along with solid waste tanks inside the Trailer which usually takes up substantial space; other wise the Trailer will not be capable of functioning in cold or below zero temperatures. Some solid waste tanks are by-passed and set up with an open direct ground drain to obviate freezing and clogging. during cold or below zero temperatures.

Depending upon the severity of the cold temperatures special cabinets can be constructed to conceal the tanks so they will not be seen. During the late P.M. hours the cabinets can be opened to allow warm air to enter and assure that there will be no freezing. Note that the heat will have to be in the on mode in the Trailer to maintain and stabilize inside temperatures.

Generators

There are a wide variety of generators that can be engaged for these Trailers. Watts range from 2500 to 7000 and higher. with amps ranging from 14 to 58 and higher. The most popular generators are made by Onan. They can run on gasoline. diesel or propane fuel. Just for starters and to provide some basic education here are some of the features of Onan Generators for considerations: RE 7000 watt, 58 amp, 120 volt, variable speed, computer controlled, low vibration, quiet, electric fuel injection, can run two 15000 BTU over head A/Cs with power to spare, self diagnostic trouble shooting capacity, digital voltage regulator, etc.

Furnaces

There are an endless number of Propane Furnaces available in the market place today. Just to name a few would be as follows:

Propane Furnace

You should consult with a Fedders Distributor for more complete information; you should also advise the Distributor as to the application and use of the furnace and the cold to below zero temperatures that the unit is intended for.

  • Big Buddy Heater; very small for 400 sq feet unit
  • Suburban SF 35Q 35,000 BTU; for medium / large unit. May require 2-3 of these furnaces for large units in cold to below zero temperatures.
  • Fedders Model F80A070-4 70,000 BTU; for large units with up to 2000 square feet. This is a 4-ton unit that may require some modifications for extreme cold weather.
  • Fedders Model F80A100-5 100,000 BTU; for large units with up to 2000 square feet. This is a 5-ton unit that may require some modifications for extreme cold weather.
  • Fedders Model F80A135-5 135,000 BTU; for large units with up to 2000 square feet + This is a 5-ton unit that may require some modifications for extreme cold weather.

Diesel / Bio-Diesel Furnace

There are few outlets for diesel furnaces and very little information on this type of furnace. There are many reference blogs on diesel furnaces. however. they are by consumers that admit they have little to no experience other than some limited personal experience with diesel furnaces that were not a good experience. Some recommendations by inexperienced consumers are outright dangerous and not to be relied upon. Extreme cold weather will almost always require diesel fuel conditioner; engaging bacon grease or peanut oil as a bio-diesel fuel in cold or below zero temperatures is high risk and will cake up and clog the fuel filter and lines frequently!

Carbon Monoxide

Burning a fuel or other substance to generate heat in most instances produces Carbon Monoxide. which is a gas that is deadly to Humans. Further, if Humans are exposed to enough Carbon Monoxide oxygen levels will be effected and death oftentimes ensues. This process is complicated and there are no lack of articles on the Internet to educate oneself on the entire big picture. The point being made here is to investigate the type of heating system you intend to utilise and research it extensively prior to installation in a Trailer you intend to own or occupy!

Explanation Of R Value

R Value is a materials measurement of resistance to heat flow and thermal resistance. The thicker the insulation. the higher the R Value.

The following table documents Thermal Resistance (R) of common trailer / roofing insulations:

 
 
 Insulating Material Thickness in Inches R-Value
 Sprayed Polyurathane Foam 1.0 6.88
 Polystyrene Bead Board 1.0 3.57
 Fiber Glass 1.0 3.90
 Polystyrene Composite Board 1.5 3.32
 Polyisocyanurate Composite 1.5 4.17
 Ridgid Polyurafoam Board 1.0 6.50
 
 


Insulation

While there is a variety of insulations used on Trailers. the two most common and frequently used are Bead Board Styrofoam and liquid / Polyurethane Foam insulation. We engage the Bead Board Styrofoam on small 2" walls and Polyurethane Foam insulation on 4"/ 6" thick walls for Arctic Packages. Insulation is one of the most important items in the entire Trailer; without insulation it would be very difficult to regulate the hot or cold climate and any time spent in the Trailer would not be at all comfortable. Also. various commodities that require refrigeration would not be a candidate for transporting in a Trailer that is not outfitted with both insulation and climate control!

Our Advice To Consumers

Utilise the Internet to Investigate, locate information, articles, and blogs. Review, verify, compare, ask questions, and look at actual units. Check and re-check; make sure that the type of furnace or other appliance you desire will be all that you want it to be. Finally, you get what you inspect; not what you expect. Get the facts or the facts will get you; and when you get them, get them right or they will get you wrong!

Good Luck, Aero Trailers / Tony Mancuso

 

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