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Old 01-24-2016, 07:34 AM   #1
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March 2016 New Hampshire to Illinois via Niagara and Ohio

Last year we had to change our plans and so this year we are not starting out our USA road tripping from where we meant to be. This means we are starting out early March from New Hampshire, heading west. Having drafted up a route that looks sensible to us we find that at that time of the year most RV Parks seem to be closed (until mid April). I am presuming that this is an indication of unsettled or cold weather and not holiday season anyway. Hence my query. Are we mad or unwise to be contemplating a leisurely nearly 4 week trip in this area of the country at this time of the year? Being "foreigners" we are short of local knowledge so any information about experiences of others is most welcome. Thank you.

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I use this to see historical average weather in different areas.


March is cold and wet. Any driving off of paved or compacted gravel roads creates a risk of sinking in the mud.

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Sounds like you may be taking the Northern route out west. Going thru Chicago I guess?
Drop down to St Louis hit I-44 west
I would guess it just depends on your route. I'm a retired long haul driver anything can happen in March
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I know in Ohio (Northern part) most private campgrounds don't open till April 15th or May 1st at others. While a few privates stay open year round, just a few. The state parks of Ohio are usually open year round, but don't start turning their water on till April 1st. Some do have a "frost-free" water source, but I would check first. Here in NE. Ohio, we average 12" of snow in March, April's average is 4".

Myself I usually get out about April 10th to my local state park here in NE. Ohio.
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If you are from Scandinavian countries or other colder climates you will be fine with the weather. Finding campgrounds that are open will be a bit of a challenge. In Northern Michigan you will still see snow in the woods and snow piles in parking lots in March.
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Thanks very much for the comments. We have decided to take heed and will delay our schedule by 30 days and re-jig our plans for the year. Great to have a forum like this to be able to ask these questions and get such helpful info. Thank you.
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I would also suggest that you route yourself around Chicago IL. unless you have to see Chicago. If you do not need to see Chicago than I would suggest I70 across Indiana to Missouri by passing Chicago.
There are three major interstates and US RT 6 all converging to get around the great lakes in the Gary IN and Chicago IL region. They are Interstate 94, I90, I80 and US RT6. Just a suggesting .

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