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Old 12-31-2014, 07:59 AM   #1
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Winter effects while driving a rig

Hello All,

Just a question I have been curious about:

I live in Michigan and do not yet have my MH. This summer though. I am learning what I need to take care of it properly.

I see a lot of rigs leaving MI including one yesterday. I have been surprised because I would think driving on snow and salt would not be a good idea.

We do not have snow and salt yet, but I have seen MHs and RVs being driven and pulled in the snow and salt. Are these rigs the same as cars and trucks and you just wash them off when you get somewhere warm and it should be ok?

Just was surprised to see as many as I have this year leaving so late.

Have been wondering about this because once I retire we could stay until Christmas (if we choose to) and then leave later if we were not damaging the rig or taking to many risks driving in the snow.

How does a MH handle in the snow? Does the weight help or hinder?

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Old 12-31-2014, 08:10 AM   #2
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Asking "How does a MH handle in the snow?" is like asking How does a car handle snow? Some handle it quite well, and some others, very badly.


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Old 12-31-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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Road salt and the pre-treatment juice spread on the road will cause severe damage. You can't wash it off.

I should have taken pictures of the repairs to my snowmobile trailer after just two seasons and about 4000 miles. It is all aluminum except for the running gear. The brakes were destroyed. This trailer was washed out after each use and stored indoors.
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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That is why I have been so surprised to see people driving their MH on these roads.

J Birder,

I understand driving a car or any vehicle is primarily the way the driver drives for the road conditions, but have only ever drove a MH on dry roads. I don't have anything to compare it to. I know tires and other things effect it, but just wondered about a MH if the weight made a huge difference or not.

Thank you both for your answers. Lynne
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:27 PM   #5
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Our coach handles winter road conditions very well. The biggest problem I have is other vehicles invading my stopping/following space. Many people seem to forget that their vehicle will take much longer to stop on snow and ice. Or they assume that mine will stop faster than theirs since we have 8 wheels and they only have 4.
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A friend of mine bought a used Class A that originated in Michigan, the coach was only a couple years old and looked good visually. When he first got it he spent hours and hours scrapping and wire brushing the rust off of it and then applied a rust inhibitor and painted. He is meticulous on how he cares for his coach. He has had to do this almost every year, it doesn't seem to stop.

I would say this is common in any northern coach. Possibly a good washing of the under carriage may prevent some of this.
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If the RV was properly undercoated it would hold up just as well as any vehicle properly undercoated.
I had three RV's in Michigan and never had an issue.

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