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Old 06-12-2018, 03:39 AM   #1
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We're a french family(2 adults, 3 kids) and we're moving to Winnipeg, MB, Canada around August, 20th.
We'll stay here a couple of weeks, to buy a Rv, and the 5 of us will travel to Vancouver, then US west coast up to San Diego and back to Winnipeg.
The trip will include a lot of National Parks (jasper, banff, yoho, redwood, joshua tree, grand canyon, lake powell, badlands....and probably a few more). The trip is planned from mid september up to December end (Christmas in Winnipeg)
We intend to buy a class C motorhome, but not completly sure about that. As we are new to Rv world, do you have any advice?
In addition, I'm not very confident to travel from south to north in November/December (Colorado, Nebraska, South & North Dakota). What do you think, if we try to stick to interstate highways?
Many thanks in advance

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Old 06-12-2018, 07:13 AM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2. Sounds like you have quite the trip planned.

As for winter travel conditions most highways are kept clear but bad storms can slow you down so if one is in the forecast stay put somewhere until it passes.

Check state or provincial regulations where you'll be traveling to see if winter tires are required. Winter weather can come early in the mountains. Required or not I would recommend you install winter tires or all weather tires (different from all season tires). All weather tires will wear better than winter tires so they may be the more practical choice since part of the time you'll be in warmer climates down south. You can identify either of them by the mountain snowflake symbol on the side. If winter or all weather tires are not available in the size you need you'll have to carry chains in some places. As an example; Recreational Vehicle & Trailer - Tire and Chain Requirements for BC. I'm not sure about Manitoba but at this time there are no requirements for winter tires in Saskatchewan or Alberta.

Others can fill you in about the other places you be travelling.

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Old 06-12-2018, 08:05 AM   #3
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

As long as you stay on top of the weather and avoid storms you should be okay. I'm sure that being from Canada you will be mindful of insulation in whichever RV you decide on. The only thing you might want to look into is the limited storage in a class C. However, there are a lot people that own and travel in them.

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this place is great

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Hi David! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:36 PM   #6
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Welcome. Sounds like great trip. Remember to keep an eye on the weather as you will run into snow and ice at that time of year.
Also make sure if you get a class C that there is enough storage and significant wt. allowance for your large family. Are you also towing a car as well?
Good luck and enjoy the adventure.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:53 AM   #7
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I would add, watch the temperatures. Most motorhomes are not designed for cold weather.
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Welcome to IRV2!

Check of RV.org to help determine what unit to buy. RV.org rates RVs.
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Keep in mind that lots of RV parks in the north close during the winter.

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