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Old 12-24-2015, 10:19 AM   #1
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Cool Here's the thing...

Last winter in Southeastern Ohio was so brutal (cold and snow) that we decided to spend some tie in Florida this winter. But we have two cats that don't travel and we have been unable to find someone to come live at our house to take care of them. We do have someone come in every other day to feed and play with the cats but our compromise is to leave the AS down in Florida and spend two weeks there and two weeks back each month. I'm reluctant to tow the AS in winter for two reasons: the possibility of a snow or ice storm along the way (vis I77 or I65/71) or snow on our half mile uphill twisty gravel driveway to get the trailer back up to our house.
So we were all set with this plan and arranged our reservations in Lakeland. My mother-in-law who is 90 years old and normally iives near us would be spending the winter with my brother-in-law in Albuquerque. Normally, she goes there after Thanksgiving and returns at the end of March.
But this year my wife's niece decided to get married in Albuquerque last October so we all went out there bringing my mother-in-law who stayed behind. But now she wants to come home since she's already been there for four months so she'll be here in Ohio at the end of January. We are reluctant to leave her alone here in Ohio in the snow and ice so we probably won't be going back to Florida in February or March. Though they predict a milder winter, who knows?
So here's my problem. Right now our AS is in Tampa and we're going back to get it January 9. We hope to stay two weeks and come back home but it seems silly to leave the trailer there if we're not going back in February or March. So towing it back at the end of January would be appropriate if it were not for my fear of snow and ice along the way and in our driveway at home.
Am I overly afraid? What do people think?

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Old 12-24-2015, 10:23 AM   #2
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It looks like it's going to be a mild winter.

I say....watch the weather, and drive accordingly.

It seems to make sense to bring it back home.

Good luck!


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Old 12-24-2015, 10:59 AM   #3
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Put mom in law in your house to keep the cats company. Have the cat feeder still stop in to visit with MIL. Every other day or so. Leave a stack of bonnet movies there for her entertainment.

Go hang under a palm tree in the sun.

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Old 12-24-2015, 12:09 PM   #4
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Am I overly afraid? What do people think?
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Yes IMO.

Too many unknown variables right now. Maybe wait a couple of weeks and then sort it out? Weather conditions will be clearer then.

PS -- You can't make all the people happy all the time . . .
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From the looks of things going on this winter - very similar to the winter of 1932-1933 ( I was not there, but do have a Meteorological Degree) Temps were above average for the entire season and snowfall in Pittsburgh was only 14", less than half of 100 year averages. NOW, that said, we cannot accurately predict the weather a week out, so a month is problematic at best and don't get me going on 100 years with the man made global warming.

So, we are also concerned about ice, snow etc and we are leaving PA on New Year's day, watching the weather closely not only for here but en-route. I suggest you do same and if toward the end of your two weeks it looks like a storm is coming leave OR leave the trailer down there and run down and pick it up sometime in the future.

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Thanks for all the words of wisdom. The weather will be good or it won't. In any case, we won't be stupid.
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That's always the best way.


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