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Old 02-03-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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January, I traveled from New Hampshire to Forest City, Iowa, via I-80 and back again.

I haven't seen this discussed before, since this was my first East to West winter trip, in a class A diesel pusher, thought I'd share some benefits of winter travels.

10. Shorter hours of day light mean less dependency on sunglasses.

9. When stopping for fuel, there's little to no contention at the RV pumps.

8. There was no contention at for parking at Winnebago Customer Service

7. Winnebago's stores and Visitor's Center aren't crowed.

6. No problem trying to find a private campground with open sites, they're all closed.

5. Some Ohio rest areas (I-80) have nice camping sites, and there was no contention for the sites. NOTE: No need for an alarm clock, the snow plow's back up buzzer was loud enough to wake me 3am, when it backed in behind the coach.

4. At cold temps below 10 degs, a coiled power cord behaves like a slinky. The power cord tried to ware me out, but I out smarted it by bringing it in and warming it up, then it behaved like a power cord.

3. Unlike summer travel, there's no need to run air conditioning, at -2deg F, the front never warms up. Added benefit is figuring out how many layers of clothing it takes to keep warm. PS, warm gloves and hat are also handy items to have..

2. When washing the coach after the trip, there's so much dirt and salt, it's easy to see the difference between area's you've cleaned and areas to be cleaned.

1. No bugs, not even one to get off the front of the coach!
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:45 PM   #2
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January, I traveled from New Hampshire to Forest City, Iowa, via I-80 and back again.

I haven't seen this discussed before, since this was my first East to West winter trip, in a class A diesel pusher, thought I'd share some benefits of winter travels.

10. Shorter hours of day light mean less dependency on sunglasses.

9. When stopping for fuel, there's little to no contention at the RV pumps.

8. There was no contention at for parking at Winnebago Customer Service

7. Winnebago's stores and Visitor's Center aren't crowed.

6. No problem trying to find a private campground with open sites, they're all closed.

5. Some Ohio rest areas (I-80) have nice camping sites, and there was no contention for the sites. NOTE: No need for an alarm clock, the snow plow's back up buzzer was loud enough to wake me 3am, when it backed in behind the coach.

4. At cold temps below 10 degs, a coiled power cord behaves like a slinky. The power cord tried to ware me out, but I out smarted it by bringing it in and warming it up, then it behaved like a power cord.

3. Unlike summer travel, there's no need to run air conditioning, at -2deg F, the front never warms up. Added benefit is figuring out how many layers of clothing it takes to keep warm. PS, warm gloves and hat are also handy items to have..

2. When washing the coach after the trip, there's so much dirt and salt, it's easy to see the difference between area's you've cleaned and areas to be cleaned.

1. No bugs, not even one to get off the front of the coach!
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:59 PM   #3
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Hi All,

Hey George, thanks for all the info and pro's of winter travel along I-80 !! However I will take all the con's of southern winter travel, any day! I know it can be tuff! Like today after breakfast swim, and hang out at the pool, then make lunch, swim and hang out at the pool some more, make supper, then hang out in the hot tub, check on the big game maybe swim some more !!!
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I would have gladly swapped some of the pro's for the con's you menthod
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I throughly enjoy winter travel.............as long as it's in Florida.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Route 66:
I throughly enjoy winter travel.............as long as it's in Florida. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

.....or heading TO Florida from the snowy north......

gMw -- be sure to thoroughly clean the under carriage of your coach to prevent future corrosion.
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Thanks, future corrosion is something I'm concerned about. I rinsed off as much of the under carriage as I could today. I also opened the basement cabinets & slides, and washed all of the metal surfaces I could reach. Hopefully I got the bulk of salt off.
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After 3 months in Western Oregon, which is not near as cold as Iowa or New Hampshire, I figured out why they put wheels on these things. To go SOUTH in the winter!! Just need to get the house sold and do something about this job thing.
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If everything was closed, where did you plug in your power cord?
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Winnebago offers electric hookups at their customer service location and at the WIT / visitor center. And there are electric hook ups availabile at some Ohio rest areas along I-80.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">1. No bugs, not even one to get off the front of the coach! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We're not getting many of those down here right now.

I want to go up as far in Maine as I can, turn left and go until I run out road, then turn left again, go until I see a border crossing at which time I'll turn left again, kinda like NASCAR but not as fast. But not now! These 40 degree nights here in Florida are about to freeze me to death.

Turn left and come on south
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