Campgrounds will be closed. Do you have heated tanks to keep your fluids from freezing up? You might hit snow. It will be cold.
If you can deal with these issues take your RV. If not leave it home. The northeast will be cold and below freezing at night is possible.
If your family commitments are to be home by December 15th, I'd head a little further south for your first trip with the TT. If your family commitments are to folks that live in the NE, I think I'd hotel/motel it. Weatherbase gives averages for high & low temps, Rain, snow, etc. for thousands of cities and towns, by state, by month from many years of data collection. Check it out to see what you might be facing before you decide.
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Two years ago, we left our home on the coast of Maine on October 10, headed for AZ. We had 6 inches of snow in southern Mass on our first night out; and on 10/11, in central PA, the state park (which was about to close) was frozen solid when we awoke. Fortunately, we had disconnected waterlines and drained as much as possible before we went to bed. New England is a great place (I've lived there for 35+ years); but best visited in an RV between May and September. MaineDon
Even if you get a occasional hotel room, you cannot leave your TT out to freeze. It would be a tough trip even in a motor home with heated tanks etc. We venture out usually in April for our first trip in NE and have the engine heater running to keep the house warm while traveling and once we arrive at the campground (only a few are open even in April) , we usually have the furnace running and have to monitor the water lines. Yes, we have even sat in snow! I would plan touring the Southeast that time of year.
strawberry park in preston ct. is open year round. great cg. close about 1.5hr from boston +/-. nyc is about 30-45 min. drive. then 1.5 hr train ride. not bad. however last october we had a 12" snow storm and most of state lost power for days. the saying in new england is if you dont like the weather.....wait 10 minutes. i would wait. you can easily camp in ct. between march and late october.
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Hotel it and leave the camper at home or go south for this run. Too many potential issues with weather, closed campgrounds, being stuck somewhere due to snow, power loss, etc. Pulling a TT on icy roads won't be any fun.
There's plenty to do around here inside, so that's not an issue. However, you will freeze pipes in the TT as it will be cold enough. I'd rethink everything altogether.
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You might want to pick out some preferred campgrounds and call them and ensure they will be open.
The bride and I went to NYC the 2nd week of December 2010. She had never been, we had just bought our camper and I figured Christmas time was one of the best times to visit. It was cold, below freezing every night, so we didn't hook up water. We used propane heat and supplemented with electric space heaters and were fine.
If anything, I would suggest that you start north and wander south. It can snow in November and December, but it rarely does. I think you will be just fine, so long as you are willing and able to do without water in the event it gets really cold.
I'm from NY originally and those are not good months to be traveling and camping in the northeast, aside from many CGs being closed. December especially can be brutally cold. Sometimes even November can be icy, bitterly cold, windy and snowy with slippery roads. You will be going through propane like a hot knife through butter. What about your pipes freezing? Sightseeing while shivering sure isn't my idea of a good time.
Why not make a change of plans and do this in the late spring when the northeast is a lot more pleasant with warm days and cool nights? All the CGs will be open and the roads will be a lot safer for driving.
Early fall is also a nice time to travel through the northeast. September and October also have those warm days and cool nights good for sleeping.
First of all, what are you camping in? Motor Home, Travel Trailer, 5th Wheel, Pop-Up, . . . ?
If you had done this last year, you would have been great, a mild winter. But never know in the Mid Atlantic states.
One thing for sure, call ahead! Make sure the campgrounds you want to stop at are open. As stated before, some may be open with no water available at the campsite. Some will have an outside water tap at the rest area or the main check in so you can fill your tanks, but be sure that your fresh water tank is heated in some way.
We have a group that dry camps at Elk Neck State Park every new years day! No water, just electric and sewage.
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