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Old 09-22-2021, 09:42 AM   #1
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My 2021 camping season is over

I've decided to close up the camper for the winter. I know it's a bit early for most but I did 23 straight days and 7600+ miles this summer which is plenty for this working class stiff. I've emptied it out completely, cleaned it and will finish up a few maintenance items this weekend before winterizing and covering.



I hope you all had or continue to have a great time on the road.
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Old 09-22-2021, 09:48 AM   #2
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Oh my ears.

Closing up for the year already? So cruel.
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:03 AM   #3
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Mine is about to start.
Wildfires have caused a change in strategy. So have all of the people out in July and August.
Now I take the trailer out in spring and fall, and sometimes in the winter in the desert.
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:39 AM   #4
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I usually close up right after Columbus day so I'm only 3 weeks early.
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:42 AM   #5
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Mine is about to start.
Wildfires have caused a change in strategy. So have all of the people out in July and August.
Now I take the trailer out in spring and fall, and sometimes in the winter in the desert.

Winters here usually involve lots of sub freezing temperatures, ice, snow and TONS of road salt. The salt is really what keeps me parked until spring. As long as the roads were clear of ice and snow, I'd probably enjoy a couple winter trips but I really don't want all that salt splashing up on the underbelly.
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Old 09-22-2021, 12:12 PM   #6
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Buttoned ours up last week. Days are getting shorter, sunrise at 7:45am, sunset at 8pm, losing about 5-6 minutes of daylight each day. Temps dropping below freezing overnight with snow in the forecast for this Friday. Time to transition to winter recreation. We'll be back at it come late April next year.
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:16 PM   #7
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Packing it in

Yep, last time out this coming week and then that's it. Almost impossible to get sites this year due to COVID but got out anyway.
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:19 PM   #8
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Yah, saw the warnings. Man that is early but in Ontario, they are telling us to expect an early winter and snow as well
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:20 PM   #9
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I'm still hoping for a couple more trips in October here in Missouri. We love fall camping. No miserable heat and few bugs.
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:31 PM   #10
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We are just getting started down here We usually do RV parks during the summer heat where we can, but our boondocking season is usually September to May. It's good to be backwards
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:58 PM   #11
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We have two more weekend trips in early October and we'll be putting her away for winter's nap. About 1.5 months earlier than most years.
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Old 09-22-2021, 02:07 PM   #12
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For me there is no "season". Fortunately it really doesn't get all that cold where I live and with careful timing I can get out of the "Snow Zone" if I want.

For the last few years I have either hit the road for a month or taken numerous short trips to the coast for some storm watching.

I just returned from a 4K, month long trip and am now thinking "Quartzsite" for January.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:00 PM   #13
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Our trailer was inactive in all of 2020 due to Covid, This year we were planning 2 months in the eastern half of the country, but due to some mechanical issues that trip got scrubbed. Our repair shop couldn't schedule us til late July. Two days in the shop and they couldn't duplicate the problems. Brought the trailer home and planned a Fall trip. We should be on the road right now. But, my DW needed emergency surgery. She came through it OK but has a long recovery ahead of her. Trip cancelled and I'll be re-winterizing in another week or so. Such is life. We'll try again next year.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:01 PM   #14
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I may have to winterize a couple of times as I will be going out in late Oct and then Thanksgiving at Creekfire in Nov. Then head for FL in Jan. Later RJD
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:13 PM   #15
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All the best to the camping partner.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:33 PM   #16
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Yikes. That’s like 230 miles a day. Did you manage to be able to stop and smell the roses? When we travel we would hopefully max out at at 300 miles on any given travel day. But our stop overs would be from 3-7 days to site see before getting into the drivers seat again.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:38 PM   #17
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Just getting ready to head out

Leaving tomorrow for Pacific Northwest then into Canada to see family. Will be there for a week then heading south to So Cal for two weeks then to Vegas to catch a show or two then on to Grand Canyon before heading north home to Denver before the end of Oct. Will winterize unit before heading out again in early March.

Picked up new 5’r end of August and itching to get it out on the road. Traded in 2017 Crusader for 2022 Rockwood. Got a great deal on trade in and price on new trailer.

With the lost year in 2020 have several extended trips planned for 2022. Palm Springs in March, tulips in Holland Michigan in may, then extended fall trip in September to east coast and south.
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Old 09-22-2021, 05:31 PM   #18
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Like others have mentioned, we are not affected by cold winters. The last few years we have closed and covered the trailer by November and reopened it in early April. This year we might avoid that ritual.
We’ll be heading out soon to Sonoma for a wine excursion next week, then a week on the coast in late October and then a two week trip to Texas for Thanksgiving with our son and family.
Starting in January we’re considering camping at Pinnacles NP and some other low elevation campgrounds that are way to hot in the summer around here. If we fill in the first few months of the year with these short local trips we can officially begin the new season with our annual trip to the coast for Easter and then our Bluegrass festival - provided that COVID doesn’t ruin it again. It’s great to be retired!
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Old 09-22-2021, 10:30 PM   #19
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Living on the shores of southern Puget Sound "winterizing" means plugging in one dehumidifier that empties into the shower drain and one 1200 Watt heater set to come on when (if) it gets below 40 inside our TT. That keeps us ready to go anytime and we camp all year long. Heading out for 17 days a week from Saturday, and already have reservations for New Year's eve and President's Day weekend at WA State Parks at the Pacific Ocean. We're all fortunate to be readers this forum because it means we are campers, but special thanks to all who've commented about having to shut down camping for the winter and helping me realize how extra fortunate DW and I are to be able to be year-rounders.
I have a T-shirt that says it well: "Yes I have a retirement plan, I plan to go camping!"
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Old 09-23-2021, 04:05 AM   #20
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Not winterizing the TT until Halloween. Do have to get started putting things away at the house, cleaning the gutters and blowing out the sprinklers.
Winter on Cape Cod can get brutal and it comes every year.
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