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Old 10-19-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Headed north to colder weather

We are new (5 months) to RVing. Son is coming in from Germany and going to be at Wright Patterson for a few weeks. We plan to head north from Florida. What do we need to know so that we do not freeze any lines and camp safely? Staying in Florida is not an option. lol
Looks like we will see if Frontier CG has an open site.
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Make sure you have a full tank of LP gas and use furnace to keep holding tanks and plumbing safe from cold.
Its not that cold yet so should be sufficient.
Here is a link for winter travel and other info. Check item #3.
Safe travels and thanks to your son from an old Vet.
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We are new (5 months) to RVing. Son is coming in from Germany and going to be at Wright Patterson for a few weeks. We plan to head north from Florida. What do we need to know so that we do not freeze any lines and camp safely? Staying in Florida is not an option. lol
Looks like we will see if Frontier CG has an open site.
Thanks for your help.
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You say a few weeks. If you area going to be out of Ohio by mid November, you should not need to do anything - except make sure your propane is full.

Don't know where you are in Florida. I'm in North Central (ONF). November in SW Ohio is about like late February is here.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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While strange things can happen, significant freezing weather in Ohio before Thanksgiving is not normal.

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If you are able to plug your coach into shore power you will be ok. You can use an electric heater. If you can't plug in you will run your generator very often because your furnace fans will use your battery power very fast. I just came back from hunting and thats what I experienced. Also keeping your waterlines from freezing can be a problem. Cheers Gerald
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You can run a small space heater off the 20 amp plug on the pedestal and put it in your basement. Just need a good extension cord. I set mine to 40 degrees. My tanks don't freeze as furnace blows on them, however the water pump, some water lines and the dump valves will freeze up as they are further away and not as insulated. Some people just burn a 100 watt bulb to add heat for these things.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:35 PM   #7
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Thank you to everyone for your help. I grew up in Ohio, but it has been 40 years since I lived there. The camping I did was in a tent as a Boy Scout and that was 50 years ago. We actually just returned from Ohio in mid September after visiting family all over. The only area we were not in was the NE. Hope to see some color this time.

007 thank you for your service. Son is stationed at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany. He is training for the Foreign Area Officer program and just completed Russian language training at the Presideo. Anyway priority is to see him when able. We just found out about his potentially being in the states a couple weeks ago, but the shutdown made the date uncertain.

OK, LP, electric heat, trouble light to hang in basement, check the links provided in more detail. Glad we do not travel at capacity.

Most of this is not needed in the Florida LEGOLAND area, but we want to be able to go when we want and where we want.

Truly appreciated,
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Your son may be able to check you in to the FamCamp on base. We have run into many family members that stay at FamCamps as long as they have a active/retired family member set it up for them. Wright Pat is suppose to have a nice campground. Then all you have to have is a visitor pass to get on/off the base.
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Wright Patterson has the BEST air museum around. My son and I spent an entire day there in 2011 and went through 3 times to make sure we did not miss anything. (DW only went through once....thank God for motorhomes...).

At the time they had a tribute to Bob Hope with replays of his great USO shows for over 50 years. My son never heard of Bob Hope but we sat there and laughed out loud at all of his jokes!
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I expect the museum to be priority number two. Seeing the boy number one of course.

The family campground closed for the season Oct 1st. We are checking with Frontier CG to see if they have an open site over the Veteran's Day weekend. Their answering machine is full so I tried their web contact. Hope they reply.
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Not sure the Air Museum is the best, as the Air museum in Pensacola is pretty great. Third Largest in the world--not sure where Wright Pat. fits.
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Pensacola is not even top ten, has no where close to the one of a kind aircraft that Wright- Pat has.
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Sorry to wait so long to thank everyone for your help. We had a wonderful time. Frontier was a good camp ground about 35 minutes SE of Wright Patterson in Waynesville. The air museum is huge. Will return when we can spend more time. It snowed the night before we left. Icicles on B D HOWie as we left.
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