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Maine winter

 
Bridget Miskell
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hi , we are moving to almost coastal Maine from Ohio and we are wondering if anyone here knows would our first winter in a motor home be a bad idea , we are used of living off the land but not in Maine yet
 
Shaun Quimby
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Would be a looooong winter... Costal areas tend to be milder but it will still be a long winter... could be done... but you get the idea... Good luck and welcome!
 
Bridget Miskell
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Thanks alot for the advice , we got our land this summer but has not been able to get back any sooner , we had planned to have cob house built by now, do You live in-land in Maine
 
Shaun Quimby
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Yes indeed! western Central. Love it! But winter is hard and long! But it's part of the magic of living here! Don't tell anyone though...
 
Craig Dobbelyu
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If you can heat the motor home and it's well insulated, you should be ok. I find that the boredom can be more of a pain in the ass than the cold. Finding something to do during the short daylight hours is key to keeping a good mental state. I suspect with new land, you'll have plenty of things to work on so perhaps boredom and cold aren't really that big of a deal. Good to see another permie coming to Maine. Glad to have you here.
 
Bridget Miskell
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Thanks alot , we are crafters/knitter/blacksmith, so we will always have loads to do but to get them sold in the winter prob will be difficult , we normally live of the land and crafts and small jobs and small animals ect... but it will take awhile coming to Maine at this time of year
 
R Scott
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There is something about eastern cold, with the humidity, that chills to the bone in ways midwest cold doesn't. I can't describe it, you just have to experience it.

You will want a small woodstove for heat. Propane adds so much humidity to the air you will have ice in your insulation. Condensation control will be a problem you will have to be hyper vigilant about.

You will have to be really careful about ice dams and leaks on the roof, and snow load in general. If you can buy a carport (just a metal frame with a roof) to park under, it will help immensely with the snow issues.
 
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