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Old 12-10-2013, 12:18 AM   #1
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Trying to leave Northeast for the south.......

We finally set a date to leave our stick home for the south for the winter after the DW had her knee replacement completed, but now the weather forecast is snow for the next 10 day forcast. Don't know what I'm going to do about the snow buildup on the roof. We will be towing our CRV and I don't want to damage it with ice and snow coming off the roof of the coach. I refuse to drive in snow storms as we got caught in one a couple of years ago all the way from Virginia mountains to home in western NY. Anybody have any words of wisdom. Thanks.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:55 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, there's not much you can do except wait it out until the storm passes and the roads are clear.

Walking on a snow covered roof to clear it can be dangerous.

I agree with your decision to stay off the roads in bad weather.

There's another snow storm in the mid Atlantic states right now. Just started snowing here in Delaware.
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My advice is to sit still until eveything clears. If you have to get on the roof of the coach use extreme caution. Hope you can get on the road ASAP and when you do have a safe trip down.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:24 AM   #4
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Here's a option for getting the snow off your roof:

- turn the engine on, dash heat and furnace on full blast
- if you have an area with a slope that you can park the MH on, that helps
- you will also need a hose spigot that connects to your hot water heater in your house (I can hook a hose up to the slop sink in my garage)
- safely get on a ladder, and shoot the roof with a stream of hot water to remove the snow (extension ladder against the MH side works best, just have someone steady it).
- be on your way after all the snow is removed!

Providing you have sunshine and the temp isn't in the teens or 20's, it should work. Good luck!
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:50 AM   #5
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Run it through a truck wash just before you are ready to leave. Go home and hook up and take off. Good idea to not drive in a storm.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:11 AM   #6
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Other than the roof the under carriage can be damaged by salt on the roads. I would wait until the roads are dry. I looked at a beautiful motorhome when I was first shopping and the under carriage was toast. The owner told me he used it on weekends to travel to ski resorts. Once it get a good dose of salt the corrosion begins and never stops unless you can get it rinsed off. Not an easy thing to do.
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We finally set a date to leave our stick home for the south for the winter after the DW had her knee replacement completed, but now the weather forecast is snow for the next 10 day forcast. Don't know what I'm going to do about the snow buildup on the roof. We will be towing our CRV and I don't want to damage it with ice and snow coming off the roof of the coach. I refuse to drive in snow storms as we got caught in one a couple of years ago all the way from Virginia mountains to home in western NY. Anybody have any words of wisdom. Thanks.
Well I hate to rub it in, Yesterday it was 83 here in NE Florida. If I were you I would stay there until abut July. Then you will see what getting warm is.
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Well I hate to rub it in, Yesterday it was 83 here in NE Florida. If I were you I would stay there until abut July. Then you will see what getting warm is.
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Do not come to Dallas this week - that ice storm going up the northeast is still on the ground here and it's treacherous !

We haven't had mail delivery in a week

and then there's this happening:

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As to the snow in the roof, any snow that will blow off while driving will be light enough to blow right past your TOAD. The snow remaining will melt off once you get to a warmer area and will be no issue again on the TOAD. I WOULD NOT run thru a truck wash in freezing temps, you'll have nothing but problems with the basement doors, etc freezing shut till you once again get to warmer weather. FYI we're stuck down in Jamestown NY, DW still has to work a few more years before we can get out of here for the winters!!!
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Get all packed up ready to go and wait for dry roads on a sunny day and head out of town as fast as you can. Check your route for weather along the way as you head south.
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We finally set a date to leave our stick home for the south for the winter after the DW had her knee replacement completed, but now the weather forecast is snow for the next 10 day forcast. Don't know what I'm going to do about the snow buildup on the roof. We will be towing our CRV and I don't want to damage it with ice and snow coming off the roof of the coach. I refuse to drive in snow storms as we got caught in one a couple of years ago all the way from Virginia mountains to home in western NY. Anybody have any words of wisdom. Thanks.
Have DW follow at safe distance in the toad until snow all blows off coach. Hook up an head south together.
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Snow on the roof now.> Ladder and push broom.

Snow on the road.> not so much a problem.. Sleep in the MH at night..

Make sure you fill up your propane tank before you hit the road, You will be keeping the house warm and the roof, being just above the ceiling, is not as likely to allow snow build up.

If it's snowing and no chance of stopping, You may wish to NOT put out slides.. I recently had an issue with one of em I'm going to have to address soon (Easily done)

I left Taylor MI (Detroit area) the day BEFORE Thanksgiving (Let me tell you I had something to be thankful for.. ON THE ROAD AGAIN, I have a few other things too, more on that in a sentence or two) Pulled into Seneca SC on Black Friday, dang near 48 hours exactly after I turned the key in the ignition.. Spent 2 nights in Seneca and after Church headed the last 20 miles to where I'm at now.

Then last saturday (The more I mentioned) I hopped in my motor home's puppy (The towed followes it just like a puppy) and drove 245 miles to Armstrong Atlantic University for my daughter's 3rd Graduation (Master's program) And back.... Yup, another thing to be thankful for,,,Darling Daughter.

Strange thing, Took about 1.5 tanks of gas.. If I'd have driven the MH (Last year I did not have a car to tow) It would have taken about 1.5 Tanks of gas.. So where are the savings.

Tank capacity: Motor home 70 gallons,, Car 12.5.
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