Originally Posted by sherman12
2Susan, Wow! Great sounding trip! You inspire me to try a winter weekend at least, here in western New York State. What concern do you have with how salt and grit will affect your rig? I've always thought that's why there are great looking older RV's out there because they are not subjected to winter road salt. How did your GT handle in the snow?
I'm not worried about the salt and the grit. For one thing we don't have an aluminum or steel sided unit (it's fiberglass). As far as the undercarriage goes, at least with the Georgetown you can get underneath fairly easily to clean rinse etc. I have noticed that the steps have gotten rusty - but that was in the summer from rain - and gee it seems like a routine item to check and correct really. Yes you could keep your unit pristine but then you aren't using it are you?
Interstingly the Georgetown handles the snow fairly well! I had to try to get it to slide and it was more stable than I thought. Obviously if the roads are really icy we stop or proceed with utmost caution. It handled the snow much better than I would have anticipated because these are the original tires (ours is a 2011 - but we have 43,000 miles on the unit).
OK downside? Make sure you have windshield washer fluid in there for the winter. Did you last top off the windshield washer fluid last summer? If so you might want to pour in a bit of rubbing alcohol.
Things you'll have to add: snow brush/ ice scraper, some way to deal with boots. I use a rubbermaid bus pan (like restaurants use for dirty dishes) they sell them at Sam's Club - very sturdy and handy for containing 5 pairs of snow boots! I have expanding shower rods (3) (Walmart $6 or so) in the shower - over the shower insert so they are actually sitting on top of the shower insert to hang snow pants, winter coats etc along with big clothes pins (found them at a dollar store) to hold mittens scrarves caps etc. If this stuff is wet, putting a heater on the closed toilet seat facing the open shower with the vent open seems to help them dry pretty quickly.
We bring a couple of electric heaters - on board year round actually for those cold mornings at a plug in camp site. Why do you need one? Yes it can save propane, but if you have a really cold night and get lots of frost on the inside of the windshield, these heaters work great to help melt it. Lay a bath towel along the bottom edge to absorb the water dripping down.
Our Georgetown has vinyl flooring (excellent idea). I have some old yoga mats and brought one along to use on the floor at the bottom of the bed with the back slide extended. WONDERFUL Idea. Next trip I will bring two more - for the area between the sofa and dinette and for the area in front of the bunk beds. We use the yoga mats for sitting outside on the ground in the summer - reading a book etc.