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Old 04-16-2018, 06:02 AM   #1
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cold weather travel considerations

We live in Wisconsin. In December we are taking our rig to Florida for a few months. I'm think there's no way to avoid winterizing. I can summarize when we get far enough South. But I'm just wondering if we'll be able to get the slides out in the possible freezing conditions so we can pack it. If you have any suggestions or comments they would be greatly appreciated.
As a side note our friends (from MN) pulled theirs to Alabama in Sept/Oct and stored it and then picked it up on their way down to FL in Dec.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:06 AM   #2
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I've never had an issue getting slides in or out, but my unit is covered so it doesn't get iced in.

I have had the door on my tow vehicle freeze up, so I couldn't open it. The TV was kept outside with no protection.
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Old 04-19-2018, 09:57 AM   #3
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here in Michigan we leave in December this year when we headed out it was 3 below.
here are the issues we have had.
slides were no issues except to bring them in if snow/rain is near. first year we packed up leaving the slides out and when it snowed I had to get up on a ladder to knock the snow off. well under the snow was 2 inches of ice that I had to scrape off not fun. after getting everything cleaned up slides worked good.

hydraulic leveling system kept timing out because the fluid was to cold took about 20 minutes to retract all the jacks. later learned there is an additive to the fluid for colder climates, I have not tried that yet. funny how the hydraulic slides had no issue though.

we kept it winterized till we got to our destination in AZ. on the travels we just used bottled water for cooking, drinking and bathroom. no issues there either.

tying up at night took a long time to knock the chill off in the 5th wheel though.

its all pretty easy once you get used to it.

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