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Ro646a

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Posted: 01/13/18 01:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are leaving the Metro Detroit area to go to Florida in our 2005 Winnie Journey diesel. I have never traveled without a full tank of water, winter or summer, but this weather is colder than it was last year. Any thoughts as to whether this is a good idea this time? I plan to run the gas furnace while we travel, stopping for the night in Lexington, KY and near Atlanta.
Also, do you think my 38 gallon propane tank will last until we make it to Florida?


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When are you leaving?

We have one day with a high of 14, low of 9, forecast next week for TN. It will be colder in Lexington and probably about 10 degrees warmer in Atlanta.

Check the forecasts and if possible avoid the very coldest weather.

I don't know how well your tanks are insulated, but at highway speeds, that furnace heat isn't going to very effective. Every gap will let in cold air.

In your shoes I would consider leaving the RV winterized until you hit temps at least in the mid-20s.


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Travel with water, in jugs, until you're free of the punishing weather.

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Posted: 01/13/18 01:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I forgot to mention that we are leaving tomorrow morning. I guess I'll pick up some more RV antifreeze and a few jugs of water and be safe.
Thanks very much for your input.

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Posted: 01/13/18 01:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Safety first, Ro. Keep it winterized until you get south.


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There is some serious cold weather to the west of you heading east, plus if you have a Facebook account you might like to watch this video of Louisville taken by a professional storm tracker 20 hours ago

Kentucky storm clicky.

As far as your post is concern between the furnace and sloshing of the water tank I think you would be just fine. Not to be a doom and gloom type, but maybe having a full tank of water, propane and food on board might come in handy with this weather that is in front of you.

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Posted: 01/13/18 02:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

the 38 gallons of LP, should be way more than enough for the trip
your moving (thats water agitation) and the furnace to stay warm
i would expect no problems with freezing


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There ya go, a few yes and a few no. Flip a coin maybe?

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jugged water is a whole lot safer. thats how we do it, ohio to AZ.p.s and you don,t need but about 6 jugs. drinking water in bottles.

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Posted: 01/13/18 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ro646a wrote:

We are leaving the Metro Detroit area to go to Florida in our 2005 Winnie Journey diesel. I have never traveled without a full tank of water, winter or summer, but this weather is colder than it was last year. Any thoughts as to whether this is a good idea this time? I plan to run the gas furnace while we travel, stopping for the night in Lexington, KY and near Atlanta.
Also, do you think my 38 gallon propane tank will last until we make it to Florida?


No one will agree with me but you can fill your tanks, turn on the heat and you will be fine. How long will it take you to get S. of the freezing weather? A couple of days? No worries. Fill, shower, flush, drink and live a comfortable life. I suggest having a "weather station" or similar that monitors the temps in the wet bay. You don't want to run the heat when not necessary and you don't want to be surprised that it's too cold down there. I am currently in NJ and it's about 30 outside. The wet bay is 47 with 1 light bulb running. I have a 2nd I can burn if necessary. If I run the interior heat there is almost never a need for supplemental heat down there.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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