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pauly boy

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Posted: 02/19/19 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 24ft C class 4 Winds. Was thinking of taking it out for "winter camping" in a Provincial park that's maintained for just such opportunity's.
Was wondering how the rig would handle on winter roads. Obviously not driving in a snow storm but the roads may have a covering.
I'm located in Southern Ontario.
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Go for it - winter camping is the best IMHO. Just take it slow on any road surface that looks like it could be slick. maybe throw a bag of kitty litter in the storage in case you need extra traction on a slick surface

Does the park provide electric, or do you have some way to recharge your batteries?


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You can have either/or. For 30 amp it's best to reserve a spot. Road is plowed, sites are cleaned out.
We've done it in very late fall, early winter so the roads were good. We'll see how the weekend shapes up, if we go or not.
Thanks for the reply!
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We keep a set of cables ,a set for the front, and a set for outside duals. You never know when winter may “sneak-up” on you, while your camping! We haven’t used our “C” much in the winter......but having the cables, is a “feel-good” thing!


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Last November when we saw a snowstorm heading for the local mountains we loaded up our 24' C and headed up. One section of the campground, {Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low AZ} had full hookups and stays open all winter.

We only got a few inches but thoroughly enjoyed hunkering down snug and warm in our coach. Taking walks as the snow fell was gorgeous. The 35K BTU furnace got a workout but kept us nice and toasty. It was a great change of pace from our normal camping and I recommend the experience highly.

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Class C's generally behave reasonably well in winter conditions, all things considered; they have decent ground clearance (though bad departure angles, but that's a different story) and plenty of weight over the drive wheels. The couple times I've had mine out in moderate snow conditions it's been just fine. I have no desire to push things; I imagine that if it started to get out of hand you could cause all sorts of damage and mayhem pretty quickly, and so do not care to explore the edges and limits of handling in snow or otherwise.

As always, good tires make a big difference, and there are limits on what you can do, and for goodness sakes please be careful, and so forth.

(Also take care if they salt the roads to thoroughly clean the undercarriage and underside of the motorhome as soon as practical; the framework many RV makers add is none too thick and none too well protected from corrosion.)





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Desert Captain wrote:

Last November when we saw a snowstorm heading for the local mountains we loaded up our 24' C and headed up. One section of the campground, {Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low AZ} had full hookups and stays open all winter.

We only got a few inches but thoroughly enjoyed hunkering down snug and warm in our coach. Taking walks as the snow fell was gorgeous. The 35K BTU furnace got a workout but kept us nice and toasty. It was a great change of pace from our normal camping and I recommend the experience highly.

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Arizona is too far away ... so we sometimes sleep in our 24 foot Class C that is parked right in our backyard here in CA in the low thirties temps ... hunkered down in the heavy rain and snow in order to have fun simulating the real thing.

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Phil,

Perhaps someday we can meet in the middle as we have a lot in common and more than a few tall tales to share. Trying to put together a March trip to Pahrump which we will use as a base camp to thoroughly explore Death Valley on my Indian. This winter has been a bit of a challenge with the weather cutting into my bike riding, golf, and RV'ing but only another month to go.

Took this shot from my driveway this morning looking up at Mt Lemon {9,200'}. You can't see the top 3K' due to the clouds but they have a couple of feet of snow up there. Temps are headed down into the 20's tonight but a balmy 40 here today.

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pauly boy wrote:

I have a 24ft C class 4 Winds. Was thinking of taking it out for "winter camping" in a Provincial park that's maintained for just such opportunity's.

Was wondering how the rig would handle on winter roads.


I have a 24’ C on an older F-350 chassis that I use a lot, year round for (sort of) work travel. In my case it’s nearly at its GVWR with just me and the bare necessities.

With nothing more than regular all season (M&S) all season LT tires on it, it’s nearly like having AWD.

I left the northern part of the GTA last Tuesday (Feb. 12th) morning and drove south through Niagara Falls, west to Erie, PA then south to WV. I had NO serious issues with driving in that storm. It took some common sense and a good measure of prudence, but it was not bad, considering all the folks I saw in the ditch, or worse.

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One problem with winter camping in Canada is that the evenings are dark so bring things to do indoors. Some provinces require winter tires and you don’t want to be buying them urgently to get out of a towing lockup. Alberta doesn’t require them and in BC you can get away with having chains on board. I take our C for a drive every month. In January I stopped on a small country road where I had to turn around using a driveway. Backing out of the driveway I couldn’t see very well due to bright sunlight and everything white - I backed into a snow drift and got stuck. I brought a shovel this month and didn’t need it. It’s the first warm day this February, only 4 below zero C. Twenty below expected again tomorrow.

We got our former rental MH in late fall and took our first camping trip in March to Jasper. Of course we got a big snowstorm on the way and stopped at a small campsite where we really enjoyed our MH despite a foot of snow and -10C. I just put a mitt over the freshwater drain tap and we had no problems with freezing. Now we know we can handle -10 but probably not much colder.

* This post was edited 02/26/19 02:07pm by Harvey51 *


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