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Old 01-02-2018, 08:13 PM   #1
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De-winterize or not before bringing it home ?

Our new TT is supposed to be ready for pickup mid January (not holding my breath). We got a super deal on a 2703WS built to our specs. YAY

The one teensy thing I overlooked, was the need to fetch the unit from Grand Rapids Michigan in January. Or February.

Being a former Yankee, driving in the snow and ice will not be a problem. We'll rather enjoy the road trip from Houston, Texas to Grand Rapids,MI stopping by Chicago to see my niece along the way.

The original idea was to spend the first night using the trailer in the parking lot of the dealership to make sure everything works before we pull off the lot. We are planning on at least a 3 day drive back to Texas.

The question; should we de-winterize / use / re-winterize for the trip home? OR de-winterize / use / drive home running the heat ? OR haul it home and get any hidden flaws fixed 'round these parts? We are fixin' to use the trailer on the way home for sleeping.

We have a Honda 3000 genny in the bed of the tow veehickle. By the time we get back to Houston it will be camping season as our winter should end by Thursday.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:44 PM   #2
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Our new TT is supposed to be ready for pickup mid January (not holding my breath). We got a super deal on a 2703WS built to our specs. YAY

The one teensy thing I overlooked, was the need to fetch the unit from Grand Rapids Michigan in January. Or February.

Being a former Yankee, driving in the snow and ice will not be a problem. We'll rather enjoy the road trip from Houston, Texas to Grand Rapids,MI stopping by Chicago to see my niece along the way.

The original idea was to spend the first night using the trailer in the parking lot of the dealership to make sure everything works before we pull off the lot. We are planning on at least a 3 day drive back to Texas.

The question; should we de-winterize / use / re-winterize for the trip home? OR de-winterize / use / drive home running the heat ? OR haul it home and get any hidden flaws fixed 'round these parts? We are fixin' to use the trailer on the way home for sleeping.

We have a Honda 3000 genny in the bed of the tow veehickle. By the time we get back to Houston it will be camping season as our winter should end by Thursday.
DO NOT LEAVE THE LOT WITHOUT A THROUGH WALK THRU OF ALL SYSTEMS. You need to know everything works and why. Water, gas, electric. Everything. You need to know where everything is. Kinda hard to do when winterized. Rig needs to be inside and dewinterized.
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Just remember to take it easy if the weather is bad, even those who live up here year round generally forget their winter driving skills over the summer...

Also, you may be worrying more than is needed. Weather could be warm enough that no winterization is needed. Grand Rapids has had 69 degree highes in February! Watch the weather and try to schedule to hit a warm spell. Even better weather odds if you can delay into March. In any case, great odds that Kentucky and south will be warm enough to be de-winterized.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:16 PM   #4
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Our eyes will be glued to the weather channel for sure !

While the truck is 4x4 with a very aggressive thread, if there is any ice we are off the road. Some snow we can handle, but we don't own snow chains or drag chains.
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Just remember to take it easy if the weather is bad, even those who live up here year round generally forget their winter driving skills over the summer...

Also, you may be worrying more than is needed. Weather could be warm enough that no winterization is needed. Grand Rapids has had 69 degree highes in February! Watch the weather and try to schedule to hit a warm spell. Even better weather odds if you can delay into March. In any case, great odds that Kentucky and south will be warm enough to be de-winterized.
This... just wait for a week or so over 30ish.
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Our eyes will be glued to the weather channel for sure !

While the truck is 4x4 with a very aggressive thread, if there is any ice we are off the road. Some snow we can handle, but we don't own snow chains or drag chains.
FWIW, snow tires are illegal in Michigan and I don't know anyone who has used chains... Road commissions generally get the roads cleared pretty quickly after a storm - and they use LOTS of salt.

And to make you feel a bit better, I'll be hooking ours up and heading for Texas by the end of January. Planning our first stop near Louisville KY and will stop there for a couple days of camping before moving on.
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Yeah, I'm not worried about the roads. Just curious about de-winterizing or not
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I think I would de-winterize, use the trailer on the dealer's lot for a couple of days to get familiar and make sure everything works, then re-winterize and take it home. The PDI guys might even check it over to make sure you got everything re-winterized correctly and didn't miss anything.
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And you might have to call your niece and say "hello". I'm not sure I would want to pull that trailer in Chicago, especially if there is still snow piled up on city streets.

Congratulations on the new unit, and good luck.
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We were fixin to stop on the way up to visit then head to GR.

While it may be faster to drive the same way back, we will look into driving directly south to avoid lake effect snow. Or is that not a thing like it is in western NY?
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