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Old 11-17-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Question Driving in snow

We'll be getting our first coach soon and never asked how a typical 35 footer might handle in these snow and or icy conditions.

How deep is too deep?

I've driven my pickup for years in snow so it's not new to me in that regard.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:00 AM   #2
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Drove once in snow, not very fun at all. our rule, if it snow on the road, we are parked.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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I have never driven mine in the snow so I don't know. It's not that it scares me, I just know road salt is not good for them.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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I'm never impressed driving in snow but have. I drive large trucks and the tires are different than coaches so I always start looking for Walmart if its bad and really reduce my speed. If the roads are plowed and just wet off I go because I can stop and boondock anywhere
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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I have driven a DP in the snow a couple of times. Didn't start out in snow but it did snow. They drove pretty good but just like 4X4 vehicles, they don't like to stop. I pulled off and waited for the snow to stop one time when the snow was about 2" deep. Couldn't see the pavement lane markings so I quit.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:20 PM   #6
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Drove from Tennessee to Minnesota in snowing conditions back in 1978 with a rented gas rig, eight people, and 32 feet of MH.

I was too ignorant to know better, and now that I have matured, avoid snow whenever it falls.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:40 PM   #7
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Driven in snow one time in MH and that's enough, it's to big and cost to much to repair no problems but it's the what if factor.
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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We r planning to leave ab. For Phoenix for our 1st time In MH on the 23rd of nov. Checking weather & following advise from everyone. If it's snowing we will wait it out. So far weather seems to b in our favor.
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Winter driving tips.

HOW TO: RV camp in the Winter - YouTubeRV Driving in the snow.

RVing during the winter months and camping , why not.

I have driven in snow and snow storms just slow it down and no quick moves in steering, allow for down hill grades before hitting them.
If it gets to bad get off road you have your home around you and plenty of warmth, so whole coach is happy with furnace running.
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We got caught in a situation where we didn't have an option to stop. I was impressed how well the DP worked in the snow. I wouldn't do it by choice but it was OK.
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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Drove in the snow once, not by choice. I am never worried about starting up in the snow and ice. It's stopping that can be the really big problem. A lot of auto drivers drive like it's 75 and sunny when there is 6" of snow on the road. My advice...pull off, park and wait it out.
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Drove semis for years on the ice and snow here in the north. I don't recommend it, but if its cold and has been plowed I go for it. Cold snow and ice is not bad for traction. Its the wet stuff that is really slippery.

One nice thing about a diesel pusher is the weight is on the drive axles. That helps a lot.

Like I said, if you need to get out of the snow and its cold and dry, driving on packed snow is okay if you are careful. But I wouldn't if I didn't have a need to.
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Heading to Bristol, TN coming out of Scranton PA,in our 35' turbo bounder, we ran into a full blown nor'easter ., snowing so hard the only black showing where two strips in the right lane, the left lane wasn't there, this was on RT81, trucker paradise. We traveled all the way to West Virginia when it turned to heavy rain, better then snow, up in the mountains of Virginia the rain stopped and now we had pea soup fog. This what a true NASCAR fan will do. Truly the trip from hell. All I can say is take your time, go slow you'll make it
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I've driven ours in both ice and snow. The best part is watching all the other vehicles (18 wheelers and cars) slide into the ditch in front of you. Low speed so no injuries. The worst is trying to leave a safe distance from vehicles in front of you and having car after car cut you off to get into the "open" area.
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