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Old 11-28-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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Winter travel with the family, safe?

Long story, but I have been told to bring the family down to FL this winter for Christmas, so down on 12/22 and back up right near New Years. We are traveling from Boston to West Palm.

It looks like it will be really cold all the way to NC. I plan to stay at Medoc Mountian SP day one, 700 miles, I've actually done this drive and it is a haul for one day. They have 50 AMP service so I can run 2 heat pumps. On the way back up I have to winterized on the road.

All of these issues I can handle, but my main concern is hitting a storm. I also do not want any salt on my trailer.

Any insight?
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:21 PM   #2
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All of these issues I can handle, but my main concern is hitting a storm. I also do not want any salt on my trailer.


What??

Traveling from Massachusetts to Florida and back in December?

No way to assure you will avoid those, unless you fly, which would be my suggestion.

Even then, a storm could waylay you.


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Old 11-28-2015, 06:28 PM   #3
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Ted, we did this trip the last two years and all went well. We went same dates as well. Two years ago we left savannah a day early to beat the storm. Watch the weather after christmas so you can adjust you departure day. I live in Rhode Island and try to avoid snow and salt. 700 is more than i can handle in a day. Good luck.
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:51 PM   #4
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You never know what you are going to get

In higher elevations, you could get snow as for south as Georgia.

700 miles is really pushing it. Holiday traffic? Have you towed that far? Do you have another driver that can tow? Fatigue would be a concern. Towing takes more concentration and it wears on you quicker. The other thing is hours. 700 miles might take 14 hours. One traffic jam because of an accident could turn that into 15 hours. Stretch your legs, pee breaks, fuel stops 16 hours

Winterizing .on the road, in Winter, doesn't sound like fun

I've done that trip non stop, in Winter, with a motorhome, but I had back up drivers. After 6 hours of driving, I had NO PROBLEM taking a few hour nap.

I think you need to have a plan B in case of snow.

Plan B = just a car, motels, blow up mattresses and sleeping bags ( plan B might give you an additional driver )

Plan C = Fly $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Plan D = Stay Home ( Chestnuts roasting on an open fire )
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:59 PM   #5
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Sorry but…….

SALT ON YOUR TRAILER?????????????????????

That would be the least of my concerns.
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Old 11-28-2015, 07:07 PM   #6
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So my son (22 years old) and I have done 1000 mile days, two of them back to back. We both do a full shift then rest. Drove from WY to Boston in 3 days this year.

I have also driven from my house to Medoc SP, it is a haul, we avoid 95 all the way to DC. But I have done it.

My main concern is messing up the trailer and getting stuck in the storm.

I actually don't want to do this trip, but due to a family fight I have no option. Like I said, a long story.

Do you think I can get down and back with limited snow/salt if we watch the weather?
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Old 11-28-2015, 07:23 PM   #7
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A 22 year old driver would be a MAJOR plus.

Yeah I was thinking a wife that was nervous about towing , and young children.

You are a Yankee, you know the drill. The plow guys up here are pros. There are a lot of them. There are a lot of trucks, Lots of sand, Lots of salt. They are ready. The roads are dry shortly after light snows.

It's slower down south, but a better chance of it not snowing. You just won't know until a day before you leave.

I WON'T tow ...on snow covered roads
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Old 11-28-2015, 07:57 PM   #8
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The luck of the draw

I think there is a really good chance that you will have dry roads the whole way.

I think there is a chance that you could get held up for 4-12 hours. I'm thinking that a 22 year old, and his smart phone will keep you on top of the weather.

I think that there is a small chance that you might get stuck in a truck stop for 24-48 hours Remember the ice storm in October a few years ago. I was without power for ten days.
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Good that you have another driver, but leave the trailer behind.

Seriously....you are worried about salt, and that is the least of your concerns.

Fly or drive, sans trailer.


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Old 11-28-2015, 08:30 PM   #10
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Mandolindave,

We had to abandon our house during that ice storm. I had a construction heater going in it to keep it from freezing, but we had to go.

It's funny, two things come to mind when I read your posts:

1. You're exactly right
2. I should already know these answers!
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You're right. The answers should be known. But later after you check the weather report.

You're asking for input on the weather and the possibility of salt on the road... In winter... In the NE... a month from now. Really!? You're being told to drive, so why ask us? Why don't you have the person that you allow dictate your moves fly to Boston and drive themselves to west palm. I agree with earlier posts, the salt is the least of your worries.
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I just do not like the sound of this.

Please find another mode of travel.

I actually don't want to do this trip, but due to a family fight I have no option. Like I said, a long story.

Sounds like a great start to the season of joy.
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We towed from jersey to florida and back in february. Winterized in a snow storm on the way back. It can be done.

Just play it safe and avoid snow covered roads. We cut our trip one day short to avoid the real nasty weather but we're prepared to stay longer if we had to.

Good luck. Be safe.
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Good that you have another driver, but leave the trailer behind.

Seriously....you are worried about salt, and that is the least of your concerns.

Fly or drive, sans trailer.


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I agree. Is it really worth the tow for less than a week? Sal
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