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Old 12-22-2018, 02:11 PM   #11
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I would go for it! You should probably stay south, a little warmer and less snow. Propane is easy to find in CO, unlike KS. Took our 5er there for X-mas and couldn't find anywhere in Hays to refill our tanks. Had to go buy a couple of 20lb tanks at Home Depot. We have 3 places to refill here in our little town of Elizabeth that is 1/8 the size of Hays.
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:15 PM   #12
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Pulling a 5'ver from Georgia to Colorado in the winter...

Better plan on 5 days each way at minimum...maybe more!

3 days looks easy on paper...not so easy in real life!

Plus...one 30LB tank of propane per day to heat.



Me in Denver, Colorado last winter:
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:50 PM   #13
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Pulling a 5'ver from Georgia to Colorado in the winter...

Better plan on 5 days each way at minimum...maybe more!

3 days looks easy on paper...not so easy in real life!

Plus...one 30LB tank of propane per day to heat.



Me in Denver, Colorado last winter:
Man that looks really cold.
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:56 PM   #14
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In those temperatures in our Rockwood Signature 8282 we user two DeLonghi oil filled radiators to supplement the heat. We put one up front in the bedroom and one in the living room with the opposing slides. They offer 500 watt, 1,000 w. or 1,500 w. settings and once they get hot they provide a steady convection heat. The risk of fire (which is a major concern in an RV) is very minimal compared to other types of ceramic or fan forced air electric heaters which can catch things nearby on fire.

We have three dogs and we would camp too, even in Colorado in winter. Motels are horrible to deal with when you have dogs, charging rediculous pet fees.
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Old 12-22-2018, 03:02 PM   #15
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In those temperatures in our Rockwood Signature 8282 we user two DeLonghi oil filled radiators to supplement the heat. We put one up front in the bedroom and one in the living room with the opposing slides. They offer 500 watt, 1,000 w. or 1,500 w. settings and once they get hot they provide a steady convection heat. The risk of fire (which is a major concern in an RV) is very minimal compared to other types of ceramic or fan forced air electric heaters which can catch things nearby on fire.

We have three dogs and we would camp too, even in Colorado in winter. Motels are horrible to deal with when you have dogs, charging rediculous pet fees.
I also have two of those heaters and traveled with four Mainecoone cats.

Those heaters are awesome!

I use them now in my park model home here in Yuma, AZ...

Even though we are in the desert, it does get chilly here at night and those two heaters keep me from having to run the furnace.

Plus, with them when in the 5'ver...don't need to use the furnace at all down here, either.
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Old 12-22-2018, 04:14 PM   #16
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I would go for it. I lived north of CS for 10 years. You can get a snow storm and it melts the next day or if it is a blizzard you won't be able to find your car if it is small. With 2 infants I would need a place to escape too.
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Old 12-22-2018, 05:32 PM   #17
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I think I would recheck the chain requirements. We have lived here in snow country for over 50 years and when the chain controls go up chains have to be placed on one drive axel and one trailer axel. Does not mater if you have 4WD. It would be surprising if Colorado has different laws. Things can go real crazy when towing in the snow. Just a thought for you. Its no fun to have to turn around when you hit a chain control and you don't have any chains.
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If worrried about freezing while en-route, if you have a small air compressor, you can blow out your lines to get most of the water out of them. Does not take long at all. Toss in some extra RV antifreeze to the black/grey tanks, you should be good. Donít know if you have an enclosed underside, otherwise, you will need some in the lower traps. Insides should be OK, unless it gets super cold. The inside of your camper should stay warm enough not to freeze while traveling. The fresh water tank should not get cold enough to freeze, either, unless it really gets cold. Or, winterize, and use jugs of bottled water while en-route.

The ďcoreĒ areas of your rig (internal plumbing, water pump, etc) should retain enough heat to keep most of the critical areas above freezing. Things like your dump valves, is why to add extra antifreeze in those tanks. Use a thermometer near your toilet or faucet and check it when you stop during travels to see what the temps are doing.

Of additional concern, your outside shower valves or wet bay. I have mounted an old 12v tail light, low inside the wet bay that I leave on when I know I am going into borderline cold for warmth. I added a cheapie hot/cold food thermometer that I can check to be certain it is warm enough. One travel, it was getting real cold, so I removed the plastic light cover to the bay light, so the bare bulb could radiate some additional heat into the compartment. By the way, since these are incandescent lamps, they make great little heaters! About the only non-LED lamps left in my camper! LEDís, no heat to speak of. So far, so good.

Just some thoughts you may want to keep in mind. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:13 PM   #19
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If you go the Shreveport to amarillo route take I-49 to Texarkana then hwy 82 to hwy 287 to bypass the dallas/ft worth congestion. Shorter route too, mostly 4 lane as i recall. Much easier route!
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:15 PM   #20
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Thanks!

Thanks everyone. Although it may change drastically again before we leave, we plan to go ahead with the fifth wheel and go the northern route since we're familiar with the roads and it doesn't show snow/rain the days we are traveling.

We carry minimal fresh water in the tank (usually carry jugs instead since my husband prefers his well water), our son reminded us the humidity is low out there and when it snows, it melts quickly. Also, our other son and his wife lived in an older bumper pull during the winter when they first moved out there. We also have an enclosed underbelly and tank heaters. New all terrain tires It's also comforting to know that they have more experience with ice/snow and highways out there than we do in Georgia where the whole state panics if they see a snowflake.

Thanks for all of the advice. It will help us be prepared for the trip.


For those asking about CO laws re: chains, I've attached what my son sent me. We have 4WD and new all weather/terrain tires, so I think we'll be fine. We're not averse to taking more time to get there in order to be safe.
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