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Old 12-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Traveling up north for the holidays

We are a FL family heading north to IN for the holidays and are wondering if it is okay to take our new 3170 ds? We called the dealer and they didn't seem to be much help... Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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Some campgrounds may be closed for the winter up here.
Make sure every campground you plan to us (up and back) will be available.

If the weather turns cold, a heated hose and heat tape for your sewer connections might be advisable.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply...I should have clarified, we are staying with family once we arrive. We just wanted to drive the rv for a more comfortable trip with the kids and dog.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
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So far, I haven't seen any predicted deep freezes, which would be my biggest concern if using the facilities along the way. May be best to err on the side of caution and empty the fresh, grey and black tanks before you get up here(including blowing out the lines). I can't see any other reason not to travel in comfort! If you hit a storm, stop at a wayside and pull out some board games and think of the Grizwalds Christmas
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:54 PM   #5
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If you're using the MH as a commuter only, then winterize it and drive in comfort.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #6
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I'll be doing the same travel. Heading up I-95 to upstate NY. I also have a new 3170 DS, with kids and dogs.

We do plan on camping at Crosswinds in Linwood, NC on Fri night and at Bar Harbor, outside of Baltimore on Sat night. My thoughts were if we stay in the RV and use the furnace or heat pump that the water lines would be fine.

Does anyone disagree?
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:49 PM   #7
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I am planning my trip south and am having a real problem finding open campgrounds. Hope you guys have better luck.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:15 PM   #8
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I am planning my trip south and am having a real problem finding open campgrounds. Hope you guys have better luck.
Are you looking at KOAs ??
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:06 PM   #9
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The Sunseeker 3170 has an enclosed sewer connection compartment. It is heated by a small flexible duct from the LP furnace. The heat pump will not apply heat to the compartment. The fresh water and holding tanks are between the underbelly and the floor, and get heat from the LP furnace the same way. The water pump and water filter are also in a heated compartment. As long as you heat with the LP furnace when it is below freezing you shouldn't have a problem with any part of the water or sewer system. We were in ours in 19 degrees F overnight fully exposed to a 20 plus mph wind. The next morning the compartments were above 50 F. (We ran the slide in when we went to bed because the lower seal has a gap around the slide track. This cut down on cold air infiltration, especially since the wind was coming from the slide side of the RV.)

If you don't have a heated fresh water hose, just use water out of your fresh water tank and drain your hose when it gets below freezing. If you want to lighten your load when driving, you can run it through your faucets and/or toilet before you dump.

One inexplicable item on ours is that the fresh water tank drain has a valve in the heated compartment, but the hot water line drain has no valve, just a pipe cap on the end of the drain line, exposed to the elements. I'd worry about that if I was driving in very cold weather. I plan to install a drain valve in the compartment so there's no water in the part of the line that is exposed.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:26 PM   #10
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Thanks so much for the info... Appreciate your time! Any insight in terms of handling in winter conditions or in the smokies?
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