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Old 11-29-2011, 08:56 AM   #71
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We hope to leave late Dec or early Jan for Venice Fl Our first time traveling in the winter As long as we can get out of the area of cold weather before we have to use the trailer ( Don't want any freeze ups ) nor do we want to encounter slippery roads on the way to Fl . Guess I'll have to watch the weather map and then make a mad dash for it . Any hints would be helpful .
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This will be the 4th year we have made the trip from Minnesota to Florida in late December early January. Just as you mentioned, we have a "window for travel" and watch the weather (including the states between us and Florida) and leave accordingly. Our camper is obviously winterized, so we stay in hotels for our first two nights on the road. We use the book "Next Exit" to help us locate hotels with parking lots large enough to accommodate a truck and camper and to locate gas stations and restaurant parking lots that are "camper friendly" as well. We did drive into some icy roads last year in Tennessee around Nashville. Fortunately, it was only for a few miles, but that's an hour of my life I never want to experience again!
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:34 PM   #72
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I think the icy roads bother me the most We too have the book the next Exit and we use a camping book too. I joined the Good Sam club and they are suppose to map us a route . This is out first Winter trip and I am a bit apprehensive . Just have to be ready to head out when the weather map looks Ok and get as many hours in that first day as I can .
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:39 PM   #73
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A busy winter for us, we are in SE Arizona, heading to El Paso, Padre Island, Corpus Christi, the Canopener in Florida and eventually down to the Keys. This is our first winter trip, when it starts getting too warm we will then head north for our summer trip heading east to west. We are keeping a close eye on the weather and planning around the snow.

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Old 12-05-2011, 12:17 AM   #74
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We work full time and have a kid in college so our camping is more of a summer/fall thing for sure...I'm not a fan of camping in the rain and I'm not going anywhere near snow We're planning on some more renovations to our AS next month so it will travel to our AS guy but other than that, Stella is taking a well deserved brebak until the weather gets nice again! We're in N. Cal so by April it's usually decent unless we're having a rainy spring!
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:05 PM   #75
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We just came back from a one month trip from Colorado to Maryland for 10 days, then down to Florida 5 days and back along the Gulf Coast up through Texas and home.

We were lucky to have good weather all the time except for the last two days coming home. We saw very few trailers on our trip and the only Airstreams we saw were parked in the RV park we stayed at in Del Ray Beach, FL.

Although the trip was basically good, the thing that will turn me off from traveling in the winter is that it the days are too short. By the time we pull in, even at 4:30PM it is already getting dark and that really ruins the enjoyment for us.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:55 AM   #76
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Thanks . I never thought of that Unless you stop early your setting up in the dark then little or no communication with other campers . I am concearned about the weather I don't think it's the best time of the year to be towing a trailer .
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:44 PM   #77
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constant winter trip

as full time travelers we are always moving...trying to find or evade one season or another....we have spent November touring East Texas and Western Arkansas and are now deep in the hill country of central texas. The past two nights at Lost Maples State park and a frosty 23 degrees.....

we are headed for our winter trip at Picacho Peak and the 4CU New Years Eve rally and then will kick around arizona and california until spring and then head back east......
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:59 PM   #78
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We are planning to go to Santa Barbara and Solvang between Christmas and New Years for about a week. It will be our first real trip in the new AS. A shake down cruise. In February, there is a rally in Napa we may attend since that is only 4 hours from home.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:52 PM   #79
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I just made reservations for Joshua State Park January 20-23. It's a 1400 mile round trip, taking 101 most of the way from northern Ca and looking for a good place to stay around San Luis Obispo to break up the trip. Anyone else headed that way?
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Are you going to take a winter trip?

We are heading out from Texas & going to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument this week, then back to Tucson to for Christmas holiday with other streamer friends. Plan to be at the 4CU Rally for New Years. Even tho we live in Texas, we love taking winter trips & meeting up with other Airstream friends. Happy Holidays to everyone!
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:04 AM   #81
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Hey Globie64. I'm heading down 101 from Oregon in January. I will be seeing friends here and there while I work my way down to Arizona, via California first. I plan on leaving around the 6th or 7th. Maybe I could swing by Joshua State park while you're there. Let's keep the dialogue going and see what happens. I haven't stayed in or near San Luis Obispo so I don't have any ideas for a place to stay. You could probably search the threads and posts for San Luis Obispo and see what comes up.

Redwoodguy, hi! I will be seeing a friend in Napa when I start traveling in January and I'm curious about the Napa rally you mention that will be held in February. It isn't listed in the rallies on the forum site. Is there a place I can go and read more about it? Thanks so much!!

Hey 2Tex4Fun. The 4CU rally for New Years sounds like fun!! I really wanted to make it to that but will have to wait until next year. The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument sure sounds like a cool place to camp at!! I grew up in Oregon (in the Willamette Valley) so I don't see cactus that much but I love them!! They are so neat with all there different shapes and colors. I can't wait to start seeing them in my travels to warmer weather this next year.

I wish everyone a wonderful and safe Christmas and holiday. Take good care and may the roads ahead be smooth. Ciao! ~Cari~
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We are planning to go to Santa Barbara and Solvang between Christmas and New Years for about a week. It will be our first real trip in the new AS. A shake down cruise. In February, there is a rally in Napa we may attend since that is only 4 hours from home.
So where are you going near Santa Barbara? I'm looking for a place to overnight there in January. I'll check out the Feb rally, Napa isn't too far from home.
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Hey Carlita! That would be fun to meet up in Joshua Tree. We're staying in Indian Cove, and there were a few spaces left. How are you traveling through California? Down 101, 5 or 1?
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Hi Globie64. I will be taking 101 down then coming inland to 5 then finish with 10. I'll check out the website for Joshua, book a site then get back to you. Cool! This will be fun!
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