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Old 04-26-2016, 10:31 AM   #31
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I have driven winter roads in Canada for most of my life and am comfortable doing so. The reason I would avoid towing my Escape in the winter is solely due to all of the salt that is used on the roads in winter to melt ice. I nearly destroyed a utility trailer last year due to corrosion that occurred after having driven about 900 km in a snowstorm in February. I could visit a truck wash with the trailer after a trip, but that can be a real pain in the buttocks in the winter. I am happy enough waiting for spring before taking my trailer out of storage and using it.
On our 2017 21' we are getting the under side foam, and one of the reasons for that is to somewhat protect the underside from all things, including salt.

and once we are back in CA i can wand wash the underside easily.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:42 AM   #32
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Trust but verify: States that don't use road salt

I know Washington State does not use salt.
Neither does Oregon, but they're talking about using it in parts of central and eastern Oregon maybe starting next winter
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:44 AM   #33
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Neither does Oregon, but they're talking about using it in parts of central and eastern Oregon maybe starting next winter
I edited my post #29.
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:38 PM   #34
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I didn't want to start a new thread. Thought this might be of value to those going up or down I-5 to pickup a trailer... or taking vacation! Picture taken this morning of the Siskiyou Summit (heading South)
Yet when I drove it in Jan. and Feb. there were just the faintest signs of snow well off the road. Mother Nature, she's an unpredictable one.

Shows the difficulty of making long range plans. You pretty much have to make decisions much closer to the time of travel and then work around any bad stuff.

Personally, if I want to go South, I'll go South no matter what the time of year. But I'm also prepared to sit out a few days to wait out severe conditions. Possible road salt, I'm not going let that change my plans.

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Old 04-26-2016, 12:39 PM   #35
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Like most have already mentioned the road conditions might make it for a longer trip than anticipated.

We drove across the USofA in May 2010 via I-80. Donner Pass was closed, got stuck in Wyoming for 5 days and many of the roads to places like Yellowstone and Mt Rushmore weren't open due to snow.

It all depends on the "winter". This year in the ADKS winter was almost nothing.more rain than snow....but ya never know. As a matter of fact, it's snowing right now in Old Forge NY.
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