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Old 12-29-2014, 01:47 PM   #1
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Cold weather travel

I have seen a number of threads where folks are traveling from cold to warm or warm to cold areas and I am curious how do you handle the cold weather? My AS is currently winterized, but stored in a heated garage.

How would I go to Florida and back? I would need to leave winterized, then on my way back I need to winterize before I get back up here? The manual says I can travel through cold weather because my furnace is ducted into the basement around the tanks, so I am little confused on how best to go about doing it. Thanks.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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I have traveled in subfreezing weather with the furnace running in the trailer without issues, but it will use a lot of propane.

Your alternative is to travel to Florida before un-winterizing, and then winterize the trailer again before getting back to freezing temps.
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:36 PM   #3
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You might review this thread. I tell how we leave Fairbanks in the winter in post #34 on the last page.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ng-127648.html
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:39 PM   #4
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I would travel south with the trailer winterized and then, when you reach the first open campground on your way south that you want to stay in, de-winterize and go on to enjoy your Florida trip. On the way, back, I would winterize in Florida or southern Georgia and then stay in a hotel on the way home.
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:03 PM   #5
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We left Missouri a few weeks ago heading for south Florida with our unit winterized. We de-winterized the first stop in the Chattanooga area. Will be heading back later in January and will re- winterized our last night on the road in Mississippi. We've used this approach for a number of years without a problem. :
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:54 PM   #6
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You might review this thread. I tell how we leave Fairbanks in the winter in post #34 on the last page.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ng-127648.html
Pretty interesting, Rick

I belive the manual says to run the furnace while traveling in very cold temps, but I need to check that. That would mean propane is on while traveling, I know many say no to do that, but I can't see how you can't get around it.
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Yes we certainly travel with the furnace as well as the fridge running on propane.
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Old 01-01-2015, 10:36 AM   #8
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We'll be traveling tomorrow from the Chicago land area where it's 22 degrees right now. I have an electric heater on in the trailer right now and have the refrigerator on electric. I don't plan on leaving the heat on while traveling because I just have a catalytic heater & am a bit scared of something catching on fire. So it will be cold in the trailer. My question is about the fridge.....should I turn it off since it'll be cold in the trailer, or should I put it on propane -- and will it actually warm the fridge to keep all the groceries from freezing? I've never actually traveled in such cold weather & am in a quandary about the fridge.
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It won't warm the frig, and whether you leave it on or off in cold weather on the road is really just up to you.

If the frig is cold, packed full, and the food is cold, everything will be fine til you stop for the night. Or, just leave it on and don't worry about it.

We have always traveled with the propane on, a must in hot weather. Never had a problem.

Have a great trip, and think about coming down to the Moraine View rally near Leroy the second weekend in June.


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I have been towing with the gas on, year round, for more than 25 years. I've had no problems. Though, it is important to be careful / thoughtful.

When you enter fueling stations be thoughtful of the possibility of fuel fumes entering the trailer (fridge, furnace, water heater). I look for wet spots before driving in, to see if there has been a recent spill.

Some major traffic tunnels REQUIRE that you turn off the valve at the bottles.
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Some major traffic tunnels REQUIRE that you turn off the valve at the bottles.
Yes, and all the Ferries that I know of as well.
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It won't warm the frig, and whether you leave it on or off in cold weather on the road is really just up to you.

If the frig is cold, packed full, and the food is cold, everything will be fine til you stop for the night. Or, just leave it on and don't worry about it.

We have always traveled with the propane on, a must in hot weather. Never had a problem.

Have a great trip, and think about coming down to the Moraine View rally near Leroy the second weekend in June.


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I've always traveled with my propane on as well. Just don't know if the fridge really needs to be on if it's so cold outside. Will it "warm" the fridge from freezing? I guess I'll save the propane & just run it on electric at our first stop. Hopefully, it'll be WARM there!! :-)
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I've always traveled with my propane on as well. Just don't know if the fridge really needs to be on if it's so cold outside. Will it "warm" the fridge from freezing? I guess I'll save the propane & just run it on electric at our first stop. Hopefully, it'll be WARM there!! :-)
To my knowledge, the fridge will not warm itself while on propane in cold weather. It just knows to turn the flame up higher when the fridge gets too warm inside.

On this same situation, I have had the fridge portion get too cold when it's on in cold weather.

In your particular situation, I think I'd turn it off at least until the weather gets above freezing, but this is just my opinion.
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An ice chest can also be used. Much more do than in summer.


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