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Old 03-31-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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How far south on I-75?

Thinking of taking our trailer south from Ontario next winter, but would probably want to go Feb and March. Not a good time to be hauling in the north! Thinking about taking trailer part way in October or November and storing until the winter when we would drive back down and pick it up, continuing south. Would the southern side of Kentucky work weather wise? I think we would winterize before storing. Once back in the trailer and finishing the drive south, temps above freezing in the daytime and just below freezing at night would be ok, as we have camped in those conditions up here with no problem. So I guess my question is, is that far enough south to avoid snow/bad weather, or have the weather patterns gone so wonky that no one can tell, lol. Would also have to find a good storage facility! I had thought originally of trailering all the way to Florida and storing there,but wondered if furhter north might be an option to save some driving and gas.

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Old 03-31-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
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I would think that Chattanooga, TN would be just right for what you are wanting to do. Mild winters and bad road conditions are very rare. Plenty of storage facilities in Chatt and surrounding areas.

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:19 PM   #3
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Kentucky might work if you are flexible with your time frame. But you could have issues with snow, especially going over Jellico Mountain. As said above, snow is rare in Chattanooga and it's low and flat from there south.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:20 AM   #4
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We drove from Ontario to Florida in February and it wasn't a big issue. There was tons of snow everywhere but the roads were fairly clear. It was our first trip with our motorhome too, so I had very little knowledge and confidence compared to now.

If you're winterizing before storing, then there's no point in driving south for storage. If you're trying to avoid winterizing altogether, then I can understand, but then again, it would be a royal pain to hurry down south, leave trailer, hurry back north, wait a couple of months (while you're slightly worried about the health of your unit) and then drive down south again.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:29 AM   #5
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We left Janesville, Wi. on Mar 7th. with a foot of snow on trailer roof. Stopped in Columbus Indiana. Did not have water and unit was still winterized. Carried a gallon to pour in toilet when needed.. Put water in when we got to Nashville. Ontario is maybe one more day away from Nashville, but traveling without water is no big deal, even for 2 days. It would be preferred over storing my unit in some strange storage place. Indiana had a snowstorm as did Wisconsin, 2 days before we left. The roads were clear. No problem at all.
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I honestly think you are placing too much stock on winter. Most of the major roads are clear most of the time and if you pay some attention to the weather forecasts, you can leave before or after a storm comes through and have little worry.

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I'm with Synthetic, we regularly head south from the GTA with no problem.

The trick IMHO is to be flexible, 1 or 2 days either way, in your departure and return dates and watch the weather.
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Keep it in Florida and have someone put it on your campsite before you arrive each year. This way you can drive what ever vehicle you want.

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