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Old 10-10-2009, 07:45 PM   #141
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Hi, we had some time left and the snow was coming down again, but not too bad. So we made a second attempt to see Mount Rushmore. We were able to take more and better pictures today. Then we headed back for camp, refueling on the way. Lee made dinner while I hitched up my team of 300 horses. I filled the fresh water tank and drained the black and gray tanks this morning. Tomorrow morning, I only have to disconnect my 30 Amp cord and hit the road. We will head south and try to find our next stop before dark. Around here it gets dark by 6:30 PM so I don't know how far I will get. Weather being a big factor. Because of the low outside temperatures I will leave my furnace on while driving; I'm debating on whether I should leave my water heater on too, it stays hot for a long time and when I hit temps above 35 degrees I'll be OK.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:28 PM   #142
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Hey Bob,

I think if the hot water heater is on just before you leave in the morning and then shut it off once you get on the road it should be fine until you reach your destination. I would also leave the furnace off.. You dont want to look like the fireball express coming in for a landing! Just think.. the fridge wont have to work very hard! Becareful.. Great pictures. Im glad you guys are having a great time. Thanks for sharing..

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Old 10-10-2009, 09:27 PM   #143
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We've run the furnace and fridge for 15 years whilst cruising; still alive.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:37 PM   #144
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We've run the furnace and fridge for 15 years whilst cruising; still alive.
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Thats good! Wouldnt want anything to happen to you either.. The difference is, your in a motorhome and might be more aware should something go wrong than a pull behind.

We have a Winnebago too and have used the furnace while cruising and ofcourse the fridge. I wasnt too concerned then either come to think of it but thats only because (I think) I have more control of the situation because im riding in the room im heating.

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The difference is, your in a motorhome and might be more aware should something go wrong than a pull behind.
True.......... I would hope.
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Now that i spend a few minutes reading several threads it seems rather common that folks leave there thermostat on low while traveling in cold weather areas. Maybe I worry too much? I guess its a matter of personal choice and you just roll the dice and hope everything is ok when you arrive at your destination. Freezing pipes might be the alternative.

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Bob,

I am always "over-supplied" when traveling in snowy conditions... food, blankets, gas and anti-freeze (beer)

I am curious... does the Navigator have 4-wheel drive or limited-slip diff? Are you carrying chains?

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Old 10-10-2009, 10:07 PM   #148
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Met some friends on the road, literally.

Hi, today we met some friends, I think?

(1.) top left. We're white like the snow so you shouldn't see us; Besides we're hungry.

(2.) top right. I'm sorry, but we are not letting F-250's in the park today.

(3.) bottom left. OK Lincoln, let's play chicken.

(4.) bottom right. Look lady, tell your husband to move that Lincoln or I'll move it for you.
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:23 PM   #149
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I am always "over-supplied" when traveling in snowy conditions... food, blankets, gas and anti-freeze (beer)

I am curious... does the Navigator have 4-wheel drive or limited-slip diff? Are you carrying chains?

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Hi, Ted. No beer, 2-wheel drive, and no chains.

Lots of food, full tank of gas, plenty of things to keep us warm, Limited slip diff, and keepng up with the propane tanks.
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We have kept the furnace off while traveling in below freezing temps, but by late morning it's been in the upper 30's and 40's. The hot water heater stays warm for a long time so I haven't worried about it.

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Bob this is a great thread. I wish I had it on DVD! Nice pictures. It's fun following your travel and seeing the sites too. Thanks for posting. I especially liked the Mount Rushmore picture through the stone arch and crazy horse, but they are all fantastic and the animals seem very active. Hope the snow is over. Is it early for that area? We got below freezing last night.
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:20 PM   #152
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Good Bye South Dakota.

Hi, this morning we were hoping for clear weather, but got more snow. Well time is up and we have to go. We did a little sliding in a few rest stops and on the HWY too. I managed to keep my team going. I was low on fuel and I like the truck stops for that because of easy entry and exit. Today was different; The gas stations were packed with slippery ice about six inches thick in some places. Normaly I enter with the cars, but today I followed the RV path and got stuck without traction on ice. What a mistake that was. Some local nice guy told me to back up and take a run at it. It worked but I went across the HWY to the other gas station, hoping for a better path, and was right. Except next to the pump was a few inches of slippery ice. I got tanked up and out of there without falling. Today's drive ended up at a KOA in Wellington, Colorado. My Lincoln and Safari are covered with red sand and ice. Not photogenic. So use your imagination. No pictures of them, but a few of the snow in the over crowded Custer RV Park and today's visiters were wild Turkeys.
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Hi Bob,

Great pics, Have you had to use chains yet? I bet that limited slip on the Lincoln will enjoy a nice fluid change when this is all over Im sure its been working overtime..

Makes me want to do a winter trip too..

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You guys get the intrepid 4-season camping award from me. Way to go.

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