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Old 02-03-2023, 07:08 AM   #1
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Full timing in Northern IL

Need advice for potential year round full timing in northern IL. BTW todays temp is 5 degrees
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You answered your own question. Way too cold and snowy for winter camping. Find another place or another way.
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How do you plan to replenish your water or dump your tanks? I would think a park in that area would have water shut off.
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There used to be one RV park that was open year-round, but it was purchased two years ago and is being turned into an RV resort. The park now closes in late October. I do not know of any more in the area. This was in Yorkville IL next to the Fox River off of RT 71.

Southern IL may have some RV campgrounds open year-round; you would need to contact the parks in Southern IL yourself.
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Trying to convince a newbie that it's not feasible.
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I live in Northern Illinois, and I can tell you that full-timing here just isnít feasible. Frozen water lines, frozen sewer lines, high heating bills, take your pick. Tell your friend that itís -2į here at the moment.
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I live in Northern Illinois, and I can tell you that full-timing here just isnít feasible. Frozen water lines, frozen sewer lines, high heating bills, take your pick. Tell your friend that itís -2į here at the moment.
FTng is not cheaper then APT/House living
Harder/costly to stay warm----lost of propane/electric only will NOT cut it
Lines frozen cause RV is not warm enough
Frozen Lines burst.....not buried below frost line like S&B
RV Insulation only 2" thick....lots of heat escapes via windows, roof vents
Waste tanks can freeze/dump valves freeze

We FTd...traveled
GOT caught in couple snow/ice storms
Used up LOTS and LOTS of propane plus space heaters
Fortunately only for ONE WEEK
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We spent Oct 03 to May 04 5 Miles north of Chino Valley AZ. Only problems were high cost of heat and had to turn off water and drain the hose most nights. It does get cold in AZ.

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FTng is not cheaper then APT/House living
Harder/costly to stay warm----lost of propane/electric only will NOT cut it
Lines frozen cause RV is not warm enough
Frozen Lines burst.....not buried below frost line like S&B
RV Insulation only 2" thick....lots of heat escapes via windows, roof vents
Waste tanks can freeze/dump valves freeze

We FTd...traveled
GOT caught in couple snow/ice storms
Used up LOTS and LOTS of propane plus space heaters
Fortunately only for ONE WEEK
Yep. Iíve done that winter thing only twice. First time was by choice, second time got caught in it. Sure wasnít much fun both times after the first night.
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This RV resort has many full-time units: https://leisurelakeresort.com/index.html
located in SW corner of I 80 and I 55.
I would never attempt to spend a winter that far North, my RV has wheels that can move me South to avoid cold weather.
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This RV resort has many full-time units: https://leisurelakeresort.com/index.html
located in SW corner of I 80 and I 55.
True, but they are closed November til April. Doesn't help someone who thinks they can full time in10degree weather.
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Need advice for potential year round full timing in northern IL. BTW todays temp is 5 degrees
Having spent most of my life in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Northern Illinois, now spending winters in southern Arizona, here is my advice:

On or before November 1, start your engine, turn your wheels southward, and continue driving until you notice that your dash air doesn't seem to be doing the job. Problem solved.

Around April 1, you can cautiously start edging your way back northward again.
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Trying to convince a newbie that it's not feasible.
Try to convince him to get an apartment if he needs to be there for work.
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