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Old 12-27-2015, 05:25 PM   #1
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Going north in the winter??

Alright I know this sounds stupid but whatever. my son and I never seen snow. We just got a Winnebago and want to head north . Seeing snow will be a huge plus but what about driving this behemoth that way? is this just a completely stupid idea?
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Old 12-27-2015, 05:53 PM   #2
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there are a couple campgrounds up here that are open year round. I suggest calling a few and finding out what they have available in the winter. Most places are closed up here 1. due to water pipes freezing in the campground and in campers. make sure your pipes wont freeze; and 2. It's really cold.
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We're presently in western Nebraska and will be in northeast Wyoming and then Denver, Colorado in the next two weeks. This is our second winter full-timing and traveling in snow and cold country.

Our coach has an Aqua-Hot for heat which has kept everything warm and unfrozen down to -10F, so far. A full tank of diesel will last about 3 weeks in really cold weather, but we're not usually in one spot for that long.

Most MH's aren't made for cold weather and snow. Driving in snow is possible, but it's not much fun. A 50,000+ pound coach and towed needs a lot of room to stop on slick roads so slow down and drive defensively. We usually find a place to stop when the snow covers the main highway.

When parked I try to keep the slides clear of snow. This means going up on the roof with a broom after each snow and carefully sweeping the roof and slides. We'll retract the slides if the more than 10-inches of snow is expected.

We do not connect to outside water or sewer except to fill and dump. Once filling and dumping is finished the hoses are drained and stored.

Diesel fuel will gel at approximately +20F. Gelled diesel will stop your coach and heat source if you have a diesel fired Aqua-Hot so it must be avoided. I use Howes Anti-gel Fuel treatment and treat every tank of fuel as if the temperatures will be below 0. Keep your fuel tank full and the fuel properly treated with anti-gel additive. Flowing diesel fuel is life in cold weather.

As I type this post the outside temperature is -5F; the basement temperature is +46F and it's +71F here in the coach. The Aqua-Hot burner runs almost continually in this cold so proper maintenance is crucial. I change the Aqua-Hot fuel filter every month when we're stuck in really cold weather.
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OP: Where are you starting from? Many times you can get to snow without driving your RV in it - if you're taking a towed vehicle with you to explore.
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:21 PM   #5
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Snow in New Mexico, snow in Texas........just stay where you are, It will come to you!
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:21 PM   #6
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Campgrounds will be hard to find in areas that have Snow/Black Ice.

f you want to see snow. Fly up to the snow area, rent a 4WD car/truck.
And stay in hotels.

That will be cheaper then frozen water lines/tanks running out of propane and no place to park that Winnebago. Besides never driven on snow/ice before is a accident just waiting to happen.
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We're presently in western Nebraska and will be in northeast Wyoming and then Denver, Colorado in the next two weeks. This is our second winter full-timing and traveling in snow and cold country.

Our coach has an Aqua-Hot for heat which has kept everything warm and unfrozen down to -10F, so far. A full tank of diesel will last about 3 weeks in really cold weather, but we're not usually in one spot for that long.

Most MH's aren't made for cold weather and snow. Driving in snow is possible, but it's not much fun. A 50,000+ pound coach and towed needs a lot of room to stop on slick roads so slow down and drive defensively. We usually find a place to stop when the snow covers the main highway.

When parked I try to keep the slides clear of snow. This means going up on the roof with a broom after each snow and carefully sweeping the roof and slides. We'll retract the slides if the more than 10-inches of snow is expected.

We do not connect to outside water or sewer except to fill and dump. Once filling and dumping is finished the hoses are drained and stored.

Diesel fuel will gel at approximately +20F. Gelled diesel will stop your coach and heat source if you have a diesel fired Aqua-Hot so it must be avoided. I use Howes Anti-gel Fuel treatment and treat every tank of fuel as if the temperatures will be below 0. Keep your fuel tank full and the fuel properly treated with anti-gel additive. Flowing diesel fuel is life in cold weather.

As I type this post the outside temperature is -5F; the basement temperature is +46F and it's +71F here in the coach. The Aqua-Hot burner runs almost continually in this cold so proper maintenance is crucial. I change the Aqua-Hot fuel filter every month when we're stuck in really cold weather.
Welcome to my neck of the woods OBOne! I was wondering how cold we could go camping. I have a similar to your coach and was contemplating taking it out for New Years, but this cold we are having was making me rethink. Randy
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OP: Where are you starting from? Many times you can get to snow without driving your RV in it - if you're taking a towed vehicle with you to explore.
I'm in Crystal River Florida.. about an hour and a half north west of Disney. Where would be a good place to go? I'm not leaving tonight or anything just thinking soon..I know it snows in Georgia but i dont think it is now
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Snow in New Mexico, snow in Texas........just stay where you are, It will come to you!
Been in Florida my whole life waiting... no snow
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Your best chance for snow may be the mountains of western NC or north GA but I would not want to drive my RV up there in the snow - I'd leave mine where it's warm, drive the car and stay in a motel.
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I'm up in Jersey. The whole northeast area has had record highs, so much so, that some of our cherry trees are in bloom again. Today was the first day I actually had to wear a coat. Very unusual weather up here. Good luck with your search for snow!
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I'm up in Jersey. The whole northeast area has had record highs, so much so, that some of our cherry trees are in bloom again. Today was the first day I actually had to wear a coat. Very unusual weather up here. Good luck with your search for snow!
2 years ago we drove up to the smokey mountains and no snow... we even went to the ski resorts!! of course the following weekend ..snow everywhere!
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I think if you don't want to travel too far from Florida and if you can take off on short notice, just watch the weather reports daily. When it snows in the south - take off! I believe Charleston has had snow the last few winters so you might want to watch their weather. Good luck finding Frosty!!
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Why not book a long weekend trip in Colorado or the northeast and fly up and back? Do you have any experience driving in snow? If not, book a shuttle for your trip and let others do the driving. You don't have to be a skier to go to a ski resort.
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