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Old 10-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #11
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We spent some of Feb and most of March mostly in AZ, but also NM. We still had very light frost in Lobbock TX on the way down, but no issues. I was able to hook up to water in OK.
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Like you, we carry small electric heaters and rarely have had to use the furnace. While some RV's are better insulated than others, none of them are really great if there is any amount of wind... that's your real enemy in freezing conditions! I also carry an air nipple that screws into the city water connection so I can quickly drain the HW tank and switch over the bypass and blow out my water lines if we get caught in a surprise freeze. Also carry enough RV anti-freeze to at least suck into the water pump.
You might also consider southern and coastal CA.
Good luck! Have a safe trip!
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:49 PM   #12
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you might check into workcamping
great way to meet people and get free camping
We have worked at Roosevelt Lake AZ for 3 yrs.
Really enjoyed meeting people, worked in visitor center, and trails.
Also worked in Branson Missouri, what a blast!!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:29 PM   #13
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Sorry for the general question but really struggling:

From Central Canada/USA where & when would you recommend heading south this winter, particularly when, with regards to cold weather?

Background info: Both DW & myself recently retired, bought TT & TV, never trailered south before. Surveyor 189 ultralight is our TT. Like to do outdoors stuff.

Trying to determine when and where it would be "warm enough" for camping and in particular when are campgrounds generally open in winter months and in what areas? I'm guessing Texas, Florida & Arizona are "campable" year round but how about states north of them?

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We tried McAllen/Weslaco, TX the first yr I retired and didn't like the constant wind, dirt & sand blowing. Left after 3 wks and went to FL and have been going there for the last 6 yrs and will be leaving for the Orlando area 27Nov for 3+ months.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:57 PM   #14
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with an UltraLite to save gas, why not explore areas to find your spot? As to where it is warm, even in the areas where it is warm it gets cold sometimes. Mobile AL is lovely, Port Aransas TX is nice (as in Mission, Big Bend country, and San Antonio), many people go to Quartzite and dry camp for months, others take it to eastern CA around the Palm Springs area. Each of these have their own flavor...and lots on sun!
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:50 PM   #15
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you might check into workcamping
great way to meet people and get free camping
We have worked at Roosevelt Lake AZ for 3 yrs.
Really enjoyed meeting people, worked in visitor center, and trails.
Also worked in Branson Missouri, what a blast!!!
Interesting! What length of time were you committed to?
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with an UltraLite to save gas, why not explore areas to find your spot? As to where it is warm, even in the areas where it is warm it gets cold sometimes. Mobile AL is lovely, Port Aransas TX is nice (as in Mission, Big Bend country, and San Antonio), many people go to Quartzite and dry camp for months, others take it to eastern CA around the Palm Springs area. Each of these have their own flavor...and lots on sun!
This is really helping to narrow it down ...not!

Seriously though, lots of good ideas.

I'm realizing I'm perhaps overly concerned about having to winterize/dewinterize frequently. Having not had the pleasure yet I'm wondering how that would all go if "it gets cold sometimes"?
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We tried McAllen/Weslaco, TX the first yr I retired and didn't like the constant wind, dirt & sand blowing. Left after 3 wks and went to FL and have been going there for the last 6 yrs and will be leaving for the Orlando area 27Nov for 3+ months.
Had forgotten about the wind issue. I believe I heard Texas was windy, Arizona not so bad? or the other way around? How do you find the humidity in Florida?
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Had forgotten about the wind issue. I believe I heard Texas was windy, Arizona not so bad? or the other way around? How do you find the humidity in Florida?
Hasn't been noticeable to us, We live in Concord, NC and haven't noticed any difference between Concord & Orlando. We love the area. Not Disney fans, but there is plenty to see and enjoy, flea markets, Plant City, Tampa/Clearwater, Daytona

BTW, we have not winterized since we moved to NC in 2002.
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Perfect time to visit Arizona! You get to see all the beauty, and you won't burn to a crisp! :0)
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Heres a little light hearted banter for you while you decide where to head south. I mean no offense to our southern cousin. I seem to do the snowbird thing in reverse and usually end up going to AZ in June & July. 115oF this year in Phoenix. Phew!!! Thankfully, I wasn't in the TT.

The Official Canadian Temperature Conversion Chart

50° Fahrenheit (10° C)
· Californians shiver uncontrollably.
· Canadians plant gardens.

35° Fahrenheit (1.6° C)
· Italian cars won’t start.
· Canadians drive with the windows down.

32° Fahrenheit (0° C)
· American water freezes.
· Canadian water gets thicker.

0° Fahrenheit (-17.9° C)
· New York City landlords finally turn on the heat.
· Canadians have the last cookout of the season.

-60° Fahrenheit (-51° C)
· Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
· Canadian Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door.

-109.9° Fahrenheit (-78.5° C)
· Carbon dioxide freezes makes dry ice.
· Canadians pull down their earflaps.

-173° Fahrenheit (-114° C)
· Ethyl alcohol freezes.
· Canadians get frustrated when they can’t thaw the keg.

-459.67° Fahrenheit (-273.15° C)
· Absolute zero; all atomic motion stops.
· Canadians start saying, “Cold, eh?”
· Vancouver Canucks finally beat the Chicago Black Hawks in the playoffs.

-500° Fahrenheit (-295° C)
· Hell freezes over.
· The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.
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