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Old 01-08-2014, 11:05 AM   #15
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Not to mention the Interstate road surface through Dallas Ft. Worth will beat your trailer to death and the semi truck traffic will let you know they don't want travel trailers on their road.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:18 PM   #16
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Thanks Protagonist and dkottum! We will no route through Dallas / Ft Worth based on your advice.

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Old 01-09-2014, 08:42 PM   #17
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Right now I think our plan is to make sure we have a few days to "waste" if we hit bad weather and head down towards Springfield , Mo. At that point we can check the weather and see if it says go South or West. Have heard lots of warnings about the ice but figure accuweather should be able to tell us what to do once we are down there. Probably will not chance any plumbing and leave things winterized until we are further South. I don't have enough experience to say for sure but if we hit a patch of weather that is around freezing and we are traveling at 60 MPH I'd say things could easily freeze and one extra day without plumbing is a lot less inconvenience than cracked lines. Looking forward to warm weather and golf in Tucson !
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I don't have enough experience to say for sure but if we hit a patch of weather that is around freezing and we are traveling at 60 MPH I'd say things could easily freeze and one extra day without plumbing is a lot less inconvenience than cracked lines.
Traveling at 60mph makes no difference. Your Airstream is only affected by wind chill if you leave the furnace on, and only to the extent that you'll use more propane. Wind chill only affects objects that produce their own heat, and only to the extent makes those objects lose heat faster.

For illustration purposes, let's consult NOAA's "New" Wind Chill Chart (there's also an "old" wind chill chart that uses a different formula and produces colder wind chills). Wind Chill Chart At 45F and 60mph, the new wind chill number is 25F. Despite a sub-freezing wind chill, the actual temperature would still be above freezing. Your pipes would not freeze under those conditions, even if the furnace was turned off. However, if your furnace was turned on, it would use propane as if the outside temperature was 25F due to more rapid heat loss caused by the wind.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:40 AM   #19
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Right now I think our plan is to make sure we have a few days to "waste" if we hit bad weather and head down towards Springfield , Mo. At that point we can check the weather and see if it says go South or West. Have heard lots of warnings about the ice but figure accuweather should be able to tell us what to do once we are down there. Probably will not chance any plumbing and leave things winterized until we are further South. I don't have enough experience to say for sure but if we hit a patch of weather that is around freezing and we are traveling at 60 MPH I'd say things could easily freeze and one extra day without plumbing is a lot less inconvenience than cracked lines. Looking forward to warm weather and golf in Tucson !


The "waste day" pool is a good idea - that is what we do.

We have two intermediate stops planned for a few days each on our way to Tucson this year, but the only reservations I have made are at Tucson.

If we hit really bad weather and lost a day or two we would just shorten or maybe cut out one the planned intermediate stops and do it another year.

Only ever had to skip a day's travel once so far, and that was when we hit freezing rain just west of Oklahoma City.

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