Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-14-2013, 08:13 PM   #21
phat phrog stunt crew
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: bethalto il
Posts: 1,422
my advice about observing how the truckers are driving is.... dont do it. if you see few, if any truck drivers on the road, you should probably head for the rest stop, truck stop or walmart as well. but in general, they may be trying to get in front of or are chasing a storm. and if they happen to get caught in one that lasts for a couple of days, after a few hours of driving, they have gotten their legs under them so to speak and push on.

slow and steady gets it as the best advice for driving in the snow though.
__________________

__________________
dwaynerz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 09:48 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
handbuilder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Washington state
Posts: 1,227
Freezing rain today - as soon as it hit the windshield it splatted and froze like concrete. One of our patients said she broke her ice scraper trying to clear her windshield. I didntfully comprehend how it was possible to snap a scraper until I got off work and saw how solid the ice was on mine! Was so glad I had lifted my wipers before I walked away from my vehicle this morning! I just sat and warmed up the rig until it was melty enough to clear off...this morning, even winter wiper fluid was freezing. ack!

Needless to say the roads were slick! The trick is to drive slow...real slow and dont look behind you LOL...some people (usually the economy cars) try to push behind me whether I am in my sturdy SUV or the Titan. I am not planning on sliding thru stoplights of off the road.

I watch the big rig trucks and follow their lead. Sometimes they slow down and signal me to pass them when it is safe and clear. I cant imagine pulling a trailer or managing a motorhome when the road is like this and idiots oit in full force....pull off and park and breathe if you are not pushed for time or on a schedule.
__________________

__________________

2012 FR Flagstaff T12SDTH
1996 Shadowcruiser Pop Up Truck Camper
1967 Newell Motorcoach
2003 Ford F150 5.4 V8 Triton Super Cab
2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6 V8 4x4 Crew Cab
handbuilder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 06:25 AM   #23
Senior Member
 
dretired's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,037
Click image for larger version

Name:	SAM_0682.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	54.9 KB
ID:	23014 a update...this pic was the day before we left for Florida .I had the truck parked in the garage ,Hitched it up to the 5ver. finnished packing the 5th wheel ,plugged in an electric heater (to keep some liquids from freezing) it dropped tp 18 degrees overnight. we left a 5:45 am the next morning. 5 miles from home my "low tire pressure" warning light came on ..I stopped at a near -by truckstop/fuelstation ..but could only get 70lbs of air out of their pump..(my truck tires require 80lbs of air when cold ) drove back to my garage ..added 15-20 lbs of air to each tire ..the tpm light goes out . we are now 1 1/2 hours behind schedule. a call from friends ,that did get going before us... report many accidents on icy roads in the detroit area..when we finnaly get going.. i encounter at least 4 areas in a 30 mile stretch.. cars in the ditchs ,accidents ..police cars;; that were hit do to people sliding into them ..and i slowed down to 15 mph on those icy patchs after that.. south of Monroe ,Michigan the roads were good..So.. did i earn my snow bird wings yet ?
__________________
2014 Crusader 325 TE....2012.. F 250.. Supercab XLT, 4x2 , diesel....days camped 2011 ... 28.... days camped 2012...115 ... days camped 2013...155...2014...171 and counting
dretired is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 07:32 AM   #24
Senior Member
 
lswartz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 503
Quote:
Originally Posted by dretired View Post
.So.. did i earn my snow bird wings yet ?
Oh man, did you ever! A guardian angle must have been watching over you. What a way to start a trip, most would have just gone back to bed. Glad you got out of that ice safely.
__________________
2013 Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S
2010 Toyota Tundra 4WD
lswartz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 07:48 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
BigTJohn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Palm Coast FL
Posts: 746
Think about moving yet? No snow/ice in FL. More camping too, not as weather seems to stop you
__________________
Brenda and John
'14 Ram 3500 MCSB 6.7L HO PullRite 16K S/G, Grey Columbus 320RS Camped '14 - 146 days/'15 - 196 days
USN-EOD(Ret), Master Chief, 30 yrs,
Master Blaster of the Navy
BigTJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 09:04 AM   #26
Senior Member
 
dretired's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigTJohn View Post
Think about moving yet? No snow/ice in FL. More camping too, not as weather seems to stop you
I would like to be in Florida from Nov - May..back to Michigan.. for spring,summer & fall .. now to convince the dw ..make her think its her idea..
__________________
2014 Crusader 325 TE....2012.. F 250.. Supercab XLT, 4x2 , diesel....days camped 2011 ... 28.... days camped 2012...115 ... days camped 2013...155...2014...171 and counting
dretired is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 03:29 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
jtrader's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 103
Ice= don't do it. It isn't worth it unless you REALLY know what you're doing.
Snow= only if you have 4wd and are experienced in slick weather.

I was raised a truck driver's son and even drove myself for a while. I've owned a 4wd my whole life and all I can tell you is this-ice is too slick unless you have a lot of controlled weight and a lot of surface area for traction. Best vehicle I ever had for ice was a 99 expedition with 33x11.50 tires. I climbed hills in 2" of ice that were tough in dry weather.
Another poster said turn the trailer brakes down which is the first thing i thought of. You get the trailer sliding and the truck isn't you'll end up looking at the side of the trailer next to you. That isn't fun. Equalize your weight as much as possible. Putting too much weight on the drive axles will negate the effects of the 4wd. ALWAYS go slow and leave plenty of room and you should be fine.
__________________
jtrader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 06:09 PM   #28
Senior Member
 
dretired's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtrader View Post
Ice= don't do it. It isn't worth it unless you REALLY know what you're doing.
Snow= only if you have 4wd and are experienced in slick weather.

I was raised a truck driver's son and even drove myself for a while. I've owned a 4wd my whole life and all I can tell you is this-ice is too slick unless you have a lot of controlled weight and a lot of surface area for traction. Best vehicle I ever had for ice was a 99 expedition with 33x11.50 tires. I climbed hills in 2" of ice that were tough in dry weather.
Another poster said turn the trailer brakes down which is the first thing i thought of. You get the trailer sliding and the truck isn't you'll end up looking at the side of the trailer next to you. That isn't fun. Equalize your weight as much as possible. Putting too much weight on the drive axles will negate the effects of the 4wd. ALWAYS go slow and leave plenty of room and you should be fine.
Good advice
__________________
2014 Crusader 325 TE....2012.. F 250.. Supercab XLT, 4x2 , diesel....days camped 2011 ... 28.... days camped 2012...115 ... days camped 2013...155...2014...171 and counting
dretired is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 06:25 PM   #29
Senior Member
 
jtrader's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 103
I just now realized you were from Michigan. I'm sure you could teach me plenty about snow/ice driving. Until last year I lived in Joplin, MO all my life. We had some snow but the worst was the ice storms. Usually once a year we'd get a solid inch or two and that's when the accidents skyrocket. I made a trip one time from Buffalo, NY to Joplin, MO in January. I drove on ice from Erie, PA to Rolla, MO (22 hrs). Counted 200 cars and 150 trucks either in the ditch, on their side, or upside down. FedEx trucks with pups make very large messes.

The advice on here about following the truckers' lead can be tricky. It depends on what type of driver. Myself, I only pay attention to the owner operators. If you see a Schneider or England or especially a JB Hunt truck and they aren't in the ditch.... the going should be good. If you see those nice big Peterbilts and Freightliners with the huge sleepers and all the lights on em pulled over its a good idea to get off the road. Glad to hear you braved the snow and you definitely earned your wings. I'll have to earn my RV ice wings next year.
__________________
My TT: 2013 Cherokee Grey Wolf 28BH
jtrader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2013, 05:04 PM   #30
phat phrog stunt crew
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: bethalto il
Posts: 1,422
hope this works, but if the day starts out looking like this... stay inside

__________________

__________________
dwaynerz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:22 AM.