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Old 06-24-2015, 04:26 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the tips, I'm still thinking that staying in a motel would be less trouble than a park, but would it be prudent to use the tank heaters and fhe furnace if the temp gets to say, 35 or so? I imagine I'd have to wash the trailer when I get to Florida to get any salt or other road grime off it? Roughly 1,200 miles to travel and it I could expect to make 200 to 300 miles a day depending if the weather and roads co-operate it would be about 4-5 days on the road. Any adverse effect on the tires in the cold?
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Old 06-24-2015, 04:30 PM   #12
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I winterize and leave Nova Scotia, Canada----Watch Boston for a two day clear window---first stop Portland,Me,-----second stop Fredricksburg Va,----Third day SC/GA area------Fourth day Sarasota......de winterize!!!!!! We stop at motels all the way down.....10 - 12 hour days require a good nights sleep.shower and b'fast in am....arrive rested!!!!..................J
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Old 06-24-2015, 04:46 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the tips, I'm still thinking that staying in a motel would be less trouble than a park, but would it be prudent to use the tank heaters and fhe furnace if the temp gets to say, 35 or so? I imagine I'd have to wash the trailer when I get to Florida to get any salt or other road grime off it? Roughly 1,200 miles to travel and it I could expect to make 200 to 300 miles a day depending if the weather and roads co-operate it would be about 4-5 days on the road. Any adverse effect on the tires in the cold?
Where do you plan on staying in FL? We will be @ either Fawn Ridge in Davenport, FL or just up US Hwy 27 13 miles @ Thousand Trails Orlando (Kissimmee).
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Old 06-24-2015, 05:44 PM   #14
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I always stop at a truck stop to wash my truck and 5'er....Dade just north of Tampa off I-75 Around $60.00 for all
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:20 PM   #15
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we go to fl from Chicago and stop at the casinos on the way not the most direct routh but have a good time first stop St. Louis or souther il then past dolled the miss river to Vicksburg or go to New Orleans or bilosky what ever we like we use bottled water and dry camp until weather permits electric is available so we have heat when needed
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:39 PM   #16
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Illinois to Florida

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Where do you plan on staying in FL? We will be @ either Fawn Ridge in Davenport, FL or just up US Hwy 27 13 miles @ Thousand Trails Orlando (Kissimmee).
OC, we are going to go to a place between Ocala and Gainesville.

Grand Lake RV & Golf Resort
18545 NW 45TH AVENUE RD
CITRA, FL32681

It would be fun to catch up with you at some point. Not too far apart.
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:10 PM   #17
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We left Chicago last Dec 26th for Phoenix and here are some suggestions: using an iPad, I get road conditions for all Dot's along my route that may have snow covered road conditions, I watch the weather via weather apps on the iPad, we pick RV parks south of Illinois in MO, or further. We have comfortably stayed in mid 20 degrees at night so I make sure my propane tanks are topped off, I run with the holding tank heaters on and leave them on over night, draw water from the on board holding tanks cuz one night in Oklahoma the evening was in t he mid sixties & next morning all the campground faucets
Were frozen. Cross my fingers we have yet to have a problem in 2 winters of driving south.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:10 PM   #18
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In 2013 we drove our class C from northern Minnesota to Tampa around Thanksgiving. I winterized the unit in Minnesota in October before the first freeze came. I drained the system as best I could and then pumped in RV antifreeze until I could see it come out of every hot and cold fawcet plus the toilet. We dumped the same antifreeze in both holding tanks so we could still use the toilet and sink and set a whole bunch of gallon jugs in the shower for flushing the toilet and sinks - enough that I was sure the tanks wouldn't freeze since they were exposed under the unit. We took out time and did the trip in six days. We found it easy to find RV parks open once we hit Indiana. We used the park showers the whole trip. The lowest temps we experienced were in Minneapolis where the overnight low went to 9 above one night. We ran the heat in the roof AC, plus the gas furnace when we stopped and the coach stayed about 70 the coldest night. While driving, the dash heat from the engine kept the coach comfortable, but as soon as we stopped we had to turn on the gas furnace even during the day. We had below freezing temps all the way to southern Georgia. Couldn't take on water and flush the system until the last morning shortly before we hit the Florida line. I can't speak to how someone towing a trailer would keep the unit warm during the day while driving. The first two or three days the outside temp was running in the teens during the day and I would think a trailer would cool quickly.
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Made similar trips several times from MN to FL. IMO, the biggest factor is highway conditions. Not much fun driving in snow and forget it with snow packed or icy roads. We usually leave earlier than your plan (early December) and can have freezing conditions down to GA / AL. We don't de-winterize until we reach a spot where we plan to stay for a while and can check local weather forecast. Last year came north too early and had -4F in Champaign, IL in early March. Must have electric and use small electric heater in addition to furnace.
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Consider first night at Kentucky Horse Park It is probably a good 1 day drive from you and is open all year. Many we know can de-winterize there before head to SE.
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