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Old 06-23-2015, 04:55 PM   #1
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Winter Driving to Florida from Illinois

I'm pretty new at this RV stuff.. Due to family considerations we need to stay in Illinois until after Christmas. I will have my 5er winterized in November as I did last year.

We want to take off right after Christmas to go to Florida. We plan to stay there until the end of March then do some traveling in April and get bact to Illinois in May.

I'm concerned about driving down. I'm thinking that I'll leave the rig winterized until I get to Florida. We have the option of staying at a motel or a RV park on the way down. I've checked and there are enough parks open all the way to Florida to give us options.

I'm planning to take my time on the road of course. If we stop at RV parks we could use their facilities but we'd still need to use the furnace and keep some things in the fridge. Using motels would be the other option. If the temp is below freezing we'd have to put the furnace on I think regardless where we stay.

Having never done this before I'd sure like some tips about what works best.

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Old 06-23-2015, 05:13 PM   #2
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Depending how far south you make it the first night you maybe fine for temp. If not you could stay at a camp ground and use there facilities so as not to have to de winterize. I would say by the 2nd night you should be into warm enough temp. I remember a few year back we where camping at Perry GA and it got to 28 degrees and had no problems but we had a drip from the city water hose which kept us from freezing up. We have the heated tanks in this camper but have never tried them.

I'm sure there are a lot of winter time campers here that will join in and give you more ideas. Later RJD
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:22 PM   #3
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We head to Texas for the winters now and the last couple of years we have left Illinois around Dec 10th. The weather this time of year can be very iffy so we also watch and plan our trip around the weather. By the way you have to exit Illinois before you try and camp, most if not all campgrounds in Illinois are closed by then. Two years ago the travel south around Christmas time was terrible, and many folks had a hard time and interesting problems. I normally leave ill with the unit winterized and after the first or second day if it is really cold I de-winterize on the road at a campground. PM me if you would like to discuss more.
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:10 PM   #4
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Winter driving to Fl.

We drive a class c motor home from Maryland to Florida during the winter. We stop at South of the Border in SC & de-winterize. On the way back we stop there again & winterize. This year I almost waited to get home to winterize but decided against it. Good thing I did because we broke down in VA and had to be towed. Motor home was at dealer for ten days and lines would have frozen.
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Old 06-24-2015, 12:41 PM   #5
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Hi,

We take our fifth wheel from the west suburbs of Chicago to Gulf Shores every year -- sometimes before Christmas, sometimes in January.

Our route is through southern Illinois to Paducah. First night is at a KOA there, and most years I can dewinterize then. Once we get past Nashville, it's a straight shot south on I-65. The second night is usually in northern Alabama, where I can always do it if Paducah wasn't warm enough. And the third night we're on the Gulf, just a few miles from the Florida line, in Gulf State Park.

Coming back is the reverse. I winterize in Paducah, and get home the next day.

Hope this helps.

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Old 06-24-2015, 01:01 PM   #6
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I live in Ottawa ON and leave at about the same time. I look for a weather window of about three days with no snow going across the Appalachians and then leave early in the am and go like hell and make it on the first day to north of Washington at Frederick and stay in a Days Inn off the turnpike. The temperature has generally moved form -20c+ to +2C in that period. I make it the next day to the SC/GA border and stay at a KOA off the I95 and de-winterize. Two days hard driving but you have beaten the weather. The next day its an easy drive to the Gainsville area or where ever you fancy and and can start to relax with having being caught in a classic east coast snowstorm that start at about that time of the year.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:10 PM   #7
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I've seen posts about folks leaving their RV in Myrtle Beach in Oct or so. I would like to do the same. Pick it up in January and haul it to Florida. Do I have to winterize?
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I've seen posts about folks leaving their RV in Myrtle Beach in Oct or so. I would like to do the same. Pick it up in January and haul it to Florida. Do I have to winterize?
If you can't keep it heated you should winterize. I live in North Florida and we do get freezes occasionally.
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:42 PM   #9
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Good advice Mike. This being my first TT, I was hoping to not winterize, especially when I plan to winter someplace warm.
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:48 PM   #10
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Good advice Mike. This being my first TT, I was hoping to not winterize, especially when I plan to winter someplace warm.
With an air compressor, it's really quick and easy to blow out the lines. Doesn't take much more than a few minutes of work- especially if you have 2 people or a locking air chuck.
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