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Old 08-17-2014, 08:10 AM   #1
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Question Winter storage vs leaving my coach in the south

We're new RVers, just bought a 35' Class A diesel. We live in upstate NY where the winters can be pretty cold. We will be staying here until after Christmas then heading south for the rest of the winter. We're debating two options:
Should we take our coach south where it's warmer (Atlanta? Tampa? other?) in November and store it there, then drive our TOAD down to pick it up? or
Should we find heated storage or winterize it and store it here then drive it south?
There also may be several other options to consider.
We would appreciate any input.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:33 AM   #2
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Snyderwheels--I personally would not be able to abandon my coach for months at a time without checking in on it. If you have business or other reasons that would allow you regular visits to the south to check on it, I would think that could be a nice plan. But for me... I just need to check up on our rig.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:17 AM   #3
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We have the time so we take off in Oct. We drive toad home for Dec. I have found indoor or very secure covered storage for the times we leave it behind. Rig has never been on salted roads yet.
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:05 AM   #4
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Snyderwheels--I personally would not be able to abandon my coach for months at a time without checking in on it. If you have business or other reasons that would allow you regular visits to the south to check on it, I would think that could be a nice plan. But for me... I just need to check up on our rig.
Same here, plus I always have a project or two going on. I would not want to leave it somewhere totally unattended. If it was me, I'd find some covered storage and winterize it.
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There would be some advantage to taking it south and storing it there before winter. One is that you avoid the need to winterize and you also will have less concerns about winter road conditions. If you have a park that you plan to winter in, they may well have a storage area that they will provide for you at a more reasonable rate than would be the case if you didn't stay with them.
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If you can afford the heated storage close to home, I'd go that route. We can't afford that, and use the cost free parking here at our HOA. One of us checks on the RV at least daily. As our weather here is not that bad, generally late January to mid February, I'll pull the drain plug on the water heater if the forecast is bad, but normally, no more than drain all the lines.
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I'd be feeling guilty about the ride south - potentially coating the entire underside with salt. Even if it's not wet, there's plenty of salt dust blowing around on the highways. Most motor homes offer very little or no protection for such instances, and it's very difficult to rinse it completely.
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I store mine in North Carolina.

We use to live in the Charlotte area and still like to visit. Still have to winterize, but they have very little snow. I had to leave my coach in Ohio last year and the zero degree temperatures caused two problems. The plastic TV surround (40" Samsung) cracked in two places, and the dash board now has a crack in the middle (about 4" long). My wife still hasn't noticed the cracks in the TV and I'm not going to tell her. So, we take it down in November when the weather is still nice in NC, come back after a week or so then head back down after Christmas and continue to Florida. Works for us.

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