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Old 10-16-2021, 11:10 AM   #15
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Lelah, I'm glad to see you have gotten some good advice from others. I'll be praying for you and your daughter.
I'm not sure what would be your best route to take at this time of year to get from Oregon to TN, as I live in the south and don't go through mountains in the winter. Perhaps someone can give some advice or ideas on the best route to take, if there are any weather concerns to be considered.
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Thank you Wade & Debby! The weather reports for the next 10 days (leaving in 7) look favorable but I'll be watching that closely. I'm hoping to NOT have to go the southern route as that will add considerable time, but I may have to.
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Advice for winter living in a MH. I have not done this, so some experienced winter campers may add to my suggestions.
Knoxville is not that bad for the winter, but there could be several bad freezes to be prepared for.

1) As "153stars" noted, you can put a heat lamp or small heater in the wet bay to keep water valves and such from freezing. May want this connected to a separate circuit to not use up your 30 amp rv circuit. Does not need to be a lot of heat in the wet bay.
2) May want an extra propane tank. You just don't want to run out of propane. You should be able to use a small electric heater to help out also.
3) During a freeze you may need to disconnect your dump hose to keep it from freezing. As someone noted, keep you dump valves closed until you dump.
4) During a freeze disconnect your water hose, or maybe use a heated hose. Hopefully the faucet for your water connection is well insulated.
5) Watch for condensation inside the motorhome caused by the furnace. May need to crack windows or manage condensation in some manner.
6) Electric blanket on the bed helps.

I'm sure others will add to this with some good suggestions.
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Advice for winter living in a MH. I have not done this, so some experienced winter campers may add to my suggestions.
Knoxville is not that bad for the winter, but there could be several bad freezes to be prepared for.

1) As "153stars" noted, you can put a heat lamp or small heater in the wet bay to keep water valves and such from freezing. May want this connected to a separate circuit to not use up your 30 amp rv circuit. Does not need to be a lot of heat in the wet bay.
2) May want an extra propane tank. You just don't want to run out of propane. You should be able to use a small electric heater to help out also.
3) During a freeze you may need to disconnect your dump hose to keep it from freezing. As someone noted, keep you dump valves closed until you dump.
4) During a freeze disconnect your water hose, or maybe use a heated hose. Hopefully the faucet for your water connection is well insulated.
5) Watch for condensation inside the motorhome caused by the furnace. May need to crack windows or manage condensation in some manner.
6) Electric blanket on the bed helps.

I'm sure others will add to this with some good suggestions.
Thank you Wade & Debby!

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What is the "wet bay"? The compartment where the grey/black connections are?

I won't have full hookups, just electric so my dump hose will normally be stored and I will not be connected to water.
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153stars: I am staying through the winter. I am having a 30 amp box installed at my daughter's farm that I will plug into. Any advice for living in an RV through the winter is greatly appreciated!
Just a thought. Be sure whoever hooks up your 30A plug is familiar with RV circuitry. 30A hooked up wrong will ruin your outing.
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Country Road, could you elaborate on that? I'm having an electrician do the work. Are not all electricians versed in RV circuitry? What does "30A hooked up wrong" look like?

Thank you!!!
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153stars: I am staying through the winter. I am having a 30 amp box installed at my daughter's farm that I will plug into. Any advice for living in an RV through the winter is greatly appreciated!


Hmmm. As another has said, get an big extra external propane tank. Losing heat would be bad. Just in case, also keep a couple space heaters on standby if you run out of propane or if the heater stops working.

I did not earlier give my best wishes for your daughter ... i hope all goes well.

I do have some thoughts as to route ... will post a separate message on that..
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Regarding route .... getting east out of Portland is not a straight shot .... those mountains are bealutiful, but they definitely get in the way!

Assuming no snow or freezing conditions in the mountains to your east and across the high plains of montanna/wyoming, I would:
*take I 84 east through the gorge, then I82 north, then US 395 to pick up I 90 eastbound.
* at Billings cut south and east on I90 across SD and MN(my current home state), and WI.
(aside - normally on this route there are plenty of campground opportunities .... but it is getting late in the season and many of these are likely starting to close .... but some will be open. I would use an APP (I use the Alstays camp&rv phone app) to check for campgrounds, and call them to get an idea of which are open. other options are Walmarts (which I have used on this route). Also, montana and wyoming are HIGH (10,000 feet or so), and so nights will be cold. Keep a close eye on your tire pressures in the morning as the low temperatures might reduce the pressure too low for your load))

*in wisconsin, re-connect to I90 south/eastbound, then I39 southbound at Madison WI. keep away from chicago, so stay on I39 all the way down to bloomington/normal Illinois

* at Bloomington/normal, cut east for a short distance on I74, then catch I57 southbound at Urbana Illinois. stay on I57 south all the way to the southern end of Illinois.
*at the southern end of Illinois, catch I24 south/east bound into tennesee and nashville.
*at nashville, pick up I40 eastbound into knoxville.

general notes: for the most part, I recommend this route because resources are pretty readily available, and in my experience the trucks/traffic are generally well behaved. It also gives you some measure of catching "diagonals" on the roads to reduce the distance. Like I said, in the north campgrounds might be starting to close, so plan/call ahead to select where to stop. I generally find it MUCH less stressful if I know exactly where I am going to stop on a given day before I even think of leaving in the morning. a gps might want to route you through chicago as a "faster" route. dont do that. lots of traffic, drivers in a hurry, etc. The route on I39 west of chicago is a wide open, relatively low traffic route that will get you there safer and likely faster (less change of traffic jams). Re campgrounds, you might start finding more of them open when you hit SD, maybe at Midison WI, and definitely start finding year-round campgrounds once you hit bloomington/normal IL (there is a really nice year-round campground just to the west of Urbana I can recommend). Once you hit Nashville the drivers and traffic starts getting much nastier (I have another current thread about I40 around nashville). I have never driven I40 between nashville and knoxville .... you might want to ask your daughter if there is a non-interstate option for that relatively short stretch.

If there is snow in the mountains to the east of you, then you might really have no option but to just cut south through CA and catch I40 eastbound all the way. For the most part I40 is an ok road (I have driven that stretch of it a number of times) .... but when you hit Memphis the drivers start getting nasty, and the drive is definitely not "relaxing". an advantage of that route though is that there will be many more campgrounds open along the entire stretch (there are a number along this route I can recommend).

I am sure that if you start asking questions here about stopping options in specific areas (casinos, walmarts, campgrounds), that there are a number of people who can chime in with specific options.

good luck, and keep us posted?
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Country Road, could you elaborate on that? I'm having an electrician do the work. Are not all electricians versed in RV circuitry? What does "30A hooked up wrong" look like?

Thank you!!!
Make 100% sure the 30 amp RV plug is wired for 110, not 240. Many electricians who don't deal with RV's won't know that and like someone mentioned, you will have many electrical problems id wired 240.
Go buy a surge protector and use it every time you plug the RV in to power.
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Make 100% sure the 30 amp RV plug is wired for 110, not 240. Many electricians who don't deal with RV's won't know that and like someone mentioned, you will have many electrical problems id wired 240.
Go buy a surge protector and use it every time you plug the RV in to power.

To make this absolutely clear:


Your RV 30 amp outlet/wiring will have:


ONE Hot (usually BLACK)

ONE Neutral (WHITE)



ONE Ground (GREEN)


This is very different than house-type dryer or stove 30 amp outlets which have TWO HOTS. This 240 VAC/house-type 30 amp set up will "LET THE SMOKE OUT OF A LOT OF YOUR ONBOARD 120 VAC APPLIANCES".
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Make 100% sure the 30 amp RV plug is wired for 110, not 240. Many electricians who don't deal with RV's won't know that and like someone mentioned, you will have many electrical problems id wired 240.
Go buy a surge protector and use it every time you plug the RV in to power.
Thank you so much GCSuper! I'm calling the electrician tomorrow to change the date and I will be SURE to confirm this!
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To make this absolutely clear:


Your RV 30 amp outlet/wiring will have:


ONE Hot (usually BLACK)

ONE Neutral (WHITE)



ONE Ground (GREEN)


This is very different than house-type dryer or stove 30 amp outlets which have TWO HOTS. This 240 VAC/house-type 30 amp set up will "LET THE SMOKE OUT OF A LOT OF YOUR ONBOARD 120 VAC APPLIANCES".
Thank you wolfe10!! I'm printing this out and adding to my MH notebook
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oh my word MN_Traveler, This is so incredibly helpful!! I just signed up for RV Trip Wizard. Trying now to program your instructions in
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oh my word MN_Traveler, This is so incredibly helpful!! I just signed up for RV Trip Wizard. Trying now to program your instructions in


You are welcome. Most of these are legs i have travelled ... so they just kind of popped into my head

Someone in another thread mentioned that it is alreadysnowing in montanna ... so keep an eye on that weather they are good at clearing the roads there, so you should be ok making that crossing unless it is actively snowing, or really windy (making snow drift across the road). On that route (as i recall) there are not any really significant grades (up or down), just more gradual climes up to and down from the plateau.
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Great info on RV'ing in the winter right here


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