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Old 11-01-2015, 06:27 PM   #1
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Traveling across the northern US in late spring?

We're wondering about the temperatures and whether we'll be able to keep our water supply from freezing. We're new to RV'ing and plan on leaving Ohio April 1st and heading west and south (Springfield, St Louis, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Sante Fe, Flagstaff and eventually LA). I don't see this as a problem, but wondering about the trip back. Leaving LA maybe late April and heading up to Portland and then start heading back east through Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, and back through Illinois, Indiana to Ohio.
We're driving an '03 Monaco Monarch SE with a bay heater in the basement compartment where the water lines are. What do you think? Are we nuts for considering this northern route? I've looked at temp charts for these northern states and they run from the low 30's to the high 60's, just a little worried about when we're parked and keeping the fresh water tank from freezing, I don't know if this tank is inside (maybe under the bed) or outside the coach.
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:57 PM   #2
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That time of the year, along that routing, the only ice issues I'd be very concerned with are in the form of hail from severe storms. You might also want to look at this website: http://www.weather.com/storms/tornad...month-20130315 and scroll forward to April.

Regarding water systems freezing, it takes more than a few hours of below freezing temperatures before there's any risk to your system. An overnight frost won't do it.

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Old 11-01-2015, 07:37 PM   #3
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Farmers are planting in late April and early May so take that as an indication on what you can expect.
Have a great time and enjoy the journey.

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Old 11-01-2015, 08:20 PM   #4
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If you have options, I'd recommend moving your trip up by a couple weeks at least. You could still get some snowstorms in late April/May. We were in one in Idaho and one around Albuquerque, NM during those times. Both times, the interstates were closed down. We were always in a hurry to head north and soon learned that it was too early.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:52 AM   #5
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You should be good to go, but keep an eye on the weather. I have seen snow in the lower, altitude wise, part of Montana the fourth of July. A bit of snow, wait a few hours to go on. You WILL see freezing temperatures on your route but you will be a heated MH and it should just be the overnight dip. Sounds like a great trip for spring flowers and hikes.

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We went to the grand canyon in jan this year it got down to around 6 or 8 every nite for a week wasnt a problem..heater ran several hours a day
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:29 PM   #7
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We live in central Iowa. We have been that way - it's a nice trip! You should be OK going out. On the way back just be careful in the mountains. It really should not be a problem unless you hit some snow. If that happens wait until mid morning before leaving - most highways will be clear by then. As mentioned above you will hit freezing temps at night. Just fill your potable water tank and live off the house pump - disconnect the water hose and put it away. Also - that 50 amp electrical cord gets really stiff when below freezing and it gets hard to coil and put up - leave a bit of extra time for that.

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