I’ve been neglectful in staying up on the Tincanz blog. OK, it’s worse than neglectful, it was as if I abandoned it. And some may say I did, but as you see, I didn’t.

The world of living in the Airstream from last fall to this spring has been rather bleak. Cold, actually. The temperatures here in northern Nevada reached the negative numbers several times which just turned it into survival rather than living. My handy outdoor thermometer has several readings in the negative teens, but I actually caught this reading just for you.

Minus what?

Minus what?

And for you folks who are wondering how that panel in attached so neatly to the wall, I used 3M picture hanging Velcro(r) so it can move around if needed. I know.

That -7* temperature is down right cold for western Nevada. The outdoor water hose stayed ice-free through the application of thermostatically controlled heat tape, foam tubing insulation down the entire water hose and ends, duct tape to secure the foam insulation, and some HD insulating tape at both ends for good measure. The result: No freezing all Winter #2 which is much better than Winter #1.

The black ABS sewer pipe didn’t freeze which is two winters in a row. That tells me the black 3″ pipe soaks up just enough heat to prevent ice build up. My grey water tank valve is open the entire time I’m hooked to a sewer and the black tank is drained and sprayed out every couple of weeks. This year, the black tank drain valve did not freeze closed as it did once in Winter #1. That was a scary situation, but solved by buying a halogen work light and laying it face up under the black tank where I figured the valve was. A couple of hours later it had thawed and worked fine.

Oh, you want to know about the bed and the Atwood Command Air and the trunk? Stay tuned.