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Old 12-02-2015, 12:08 PM   #11
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Yeah guess so, guess I'm just used to it.. But then again I am a young buck for now.

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Old 12-02-2015, 12:20 PM   #12
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May want to warm your rig up before you head out. A cold soaked rig takes a while to warm up.

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Old 12-02-2015, 12:46 PM   #13
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Once you get to the Washington DC area, you can dewinterize. I am of the opinion that if you have your water heater full & turned on and you have at least 1/2 tank of potable water, the water heater will keep thi9ngs from freezing and the movement of the water back & forth in the tank should keep it from freezing. Safe travels
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:52 PM   #14
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We drove from Northeast Ontario last January. We didn't reserve hotels but had no problem finding vacancies. We stayed the first night in Ohio and the second in northern Georgia. Then we camped in Lake City FL for 2 nights where we de-winterized and stocked the motorhome. To make the border crossing easier we left home with only condiments coffee tea etc and bought everything in Florida.

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Old 12-02-2015, 01:22 PM   #15
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FWIW I would be flexible about when to leave, watch the national weather patterns and set up to travel in the motor home. We might stop for a meal but keep the furnace on at something like 60-65. Walmart the first night or two then start looking at what campgrounds are open. As long as you keep the rig warm you could dewinterize before leaving home. I'm more inclined to pack a dozen gallon jugs of water in the shower and use it as needed until I get down to where it will be 40ish at night per the local weather forecast then get a campsite, fill the water and get a shower, etc then keep drifting south.

If you post what part of Ontario or what border crossing you are looking at we could give you a lot more information. ;-)
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:58 PM   #16
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SS Cruiser, If you are leaving Friday, depending what your temps are when you leave. You should be able to de-winterize when you leave. I left here in Feb this year de-winterized in the twenty's, no problem.
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Old 12-02-2015, 03:50 PM   #17
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Very cold weather travel

We travel from Mpls to S. Texas the 2nd of January. Three years ago we left at 26 below with 25mph winds and had to stop in S. Iowa at the Casino still 26 below and windy. Had the furnace running but it quit due to low voltage so the TT was 19 degrees inside. Hooked up 30 amp and a seperate 20 amp ext. cord for two electric heaters with the gas furnace brought the inside temp to 70 degrees in 90 minutes. I think the mattress was still 19 degrees. Our 35 foot TT works in all kinds of weather. We were cozy in our bed all night even with the trailer rocking and swaying in the wind. The worst weather I could imagine with wind chills down to 60 below that night. We never make reservations and just head South for warmer temps to Port Aransas, Tx every year. Love the life.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:15 PM   #18
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We live in the Northern US and will be leaving for our Winter trip to California near the end of December. I always dewinterize before leaving and fill the fresh water tank.

Overnight stops are made only at locations with AC power available. I added a 300W thermostatically controlled gutter heating strip to the plumbing compartment that's powered off of the 1kw inverter I had installed in the RV when I bought it. When driving, the 175A alternator provides enough power to run the inverter without problems. The heating strip runs off of shore power when I'm plugged in. When temperatures drop below freezing, the Arctic pack is turned on which keeps the waste tanks and valves from freezing. The chassis heater keeps the passenger compartment warm enough while driving to be cool but comfortable. If yours doesn't do this, you might consider adding a floor to ceiling curtain behind the front seats so it's only heating a small area. Of course, this will make the rest of the coach colder, raising the risk of water line freezing.

One other device I installed is a remote sensing thermometer that's located at the bottom of the plumbing compartment. It recorded a low temperature of around 40F during an overnight stop when the outside temperature dropped to 18F.

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Old 12-03-2015, 07:08 PM   #19
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Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to answer my string. To answer some of your questions, we'll be leaving the Ottawa Ontario region on December 26th, this date is not negotiable unless there's one heck of a storm. We plan on hopping the fence at the 1000 Island crossing. Never thought my arctic pack package was enough to keep my plumbing from freezing, in fact that's one of my concerns, especially when we have to stop and if there's no plug-in, otherwise won't have to run on our generator? Becomes quite expensive if we need to run the generator and the furnace too, right?

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Old 12-03-2015, 07:34 PM   #20
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When we bought our 5er in Kentucky we picked it up the first week of January we stopped overnight in a rest area in the Mtns of NC/TN the heater was plenty for heat. If I was to do what you are I would fill the water tank and head on out, ain't no way I'm staying in a hotel when my bed is parked in the parking lot. We have used Cracker Barrel for overnight stays with no problem, not the only ones there either. Have a safe trip.

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