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Old 08-27-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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January pick up date issues?

We have our 21' on order with Dec 7th completion date and we plan to pick it up January 10 and head south down I-5. I'd like to hear from some of you who picked up in January in the rainy Pacific NW. Did you have any weather related issues? Since we will be living in the trailer as we head south, we will need to have water in the tank and pipes. I'm concerned about freezing temps and what they might do to the plumbing when towing over the Siskiyous where It will almost certainly be well below freezing. Our trailer will be underfloor insulated. Thanks for advice on these issues.
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:51 PM   #2
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Until that date hits, it will be hard to predict what weather conditions will be like. I picked up Jan 26 and drove to Calgary on roads that could not be any better for that time of year. It could have easily been hellish driving across a few mountain ranges, but was good. I got a dirty trailer though.
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Old 08-27-2018, 06:43 PM   #3
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We usually head South in Jan. It's a crapshoot and no one can say with any certainty what the weather conditions are going to be. We've had Spring like conditions all the way and we've had major snowstorms for several hundred of the miles along I-5. It is what it is. You just have to deal with it. We've never actually had to hole up and wait out some bad weather but we're prepared to.

As far as the water situation goes we act accordingly. We travel with water but would be prepared to drain and use jerry can water if the temperatures are really taking a dive. Typically we go from Rogue River to Rolling Hills Casino. If the temperatures are hovering around freezing through the passes we don't bother draining the system.

You just have to use common sense and deal with whatever the situation is. The one thing that you will see is a lot of other RV's heading South.

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Old 08-27-2018, 07:32 PM   #4
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If you are willing to take Hwy. 101 through Washington, and Hwy. 1 down the coast of Oregon, you will miss the passes and have much milder weather on/near the coast. Once in Ca. you can head back to 5 and sail home.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:40 PM   #5
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I'm not so concerned about road conditions over the Siskiyous. We have crossed many times in winter in our MCI bus conversion so we know how to deal with whatever weather we find, including laying over in Medford if need be. Our bus, however, had heated plumbing and tank spaces when going down the road so no risk of freezing plumbing. What I am concerned about is towing the unheated trailer into below freezing conditions which might last a few hours over the Siskiyous before getting to warmer conditions. Question also applies to other places out west in the Spring or late Fall, like Soldier Summit in UT or La Veta Pass in CO, for example.
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I'm not so concerned about road conditions over the Siskiyous. We have crossed many times in winter in our MCI bus conversion so we know how to deal with whatever weather we find, including laying over in Medford if need be. Our bus, however, had heated plumbing and tank spaces when going down the road so no risk of freezing plumbing. What I am concerned about is towing the unheated trailer into below freezing conditions which might last a few hours over the Siskiyous before getting to warmer conditions. Question also applies to other places out west in the Spring or late Fall, like Soldier Summit in UT or La Veta Pass in CO, for example.
We’ve never done it, but Reace advises people to drive with the propane heater ‘ON’ in the trailer. With the foam insulation and the interior of the trailer above 32* the pipes will not freeze.
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I was camping in northern Florida last winter and we had temperatures around 20 at night. I kept my fresh water tank empty and ran a hose from the pump to a water container inside using the winterizing valve. This worked well for me. Otherwise, you can use your stove for heating water for dish washing.
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Another suggestion is to leave the trailer there and go up in May, pick up trailer and then attend Osoyoos, BC for the annual Escape Rally. It is about 3 hours east of Chilliwack. Escape will store your unit free for 3 months and your warranty does not start until you pick it up. This is our plan, the rally is a sight to see and be in. Some have attended every year, it will be our 4th trek across the USA and each time is an adventure.
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I'm not so concerned about road conditions over the Siskiyous. We have crossed many times in winter in our MCI bus conversion so we know how to deal with whatever weather we find, including laying over in Medford if need be. Our bus, however, had heated plumbing and tank spaces when going down the road so no risk of freezing plumbing. What I am concerned about is towing the unheated trailer into below freezing conditions which might last a few hours over the Siskiyous before getting to warmer conditions. Question also applies to other places out west in the Spring or late Fall, like Soldier Summit in UT or La Veta Pass in CO, for example.
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We’ve never done it, but Reace advises people to drive with the propane heater ‘ON’ in the trailer. With the foam insulation and the interior of the trailer above 32* the pipes will not freeze.
The Siskiyou is a relatively short sharp up and down and if the road is clear, it would only take 30 minutes or so to ascend, over the summit and get back to milder temperatures in northern California. That's not enough time to freeze the water in the pipes. Obviously if weather conditions are poor, you are better to stay off the road and holed up with the furnace going and no issues with the pipes. As someone else said, the alternative is at Grant's Pass on the I-5, you can always make a detour and take highway 101 along the coast.
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Grants Pass & I-5

Not just winter alternate route to go to the coast. It was probably July and our teen daughter was with us going from Seattle to bay area in a 1949 Studebaker pick-up that had the dash as also the firewall. Grants Pass was 109* as was points south and we were cooking. A hard night turn to the coast and we were looking for jackets.
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