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Posted: 09/28/20 10:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am planning to leave Massachusetts in late December (Covid permitting) for a 2 month vacation in Florida, returning in early March. I recall seeing a recommendation to leave the heat on in the trailer while traveling. I’m wondering if I can sleep in the trailer at night on the way down rather than a hotel. One concern that comes to mind is operating the slide in (possibly) freezing weather.


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Posted: 09/29/20 12:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do you need to put the slide out? We don't put ours out in excessively cold or hot weather. Take a sleeping bag with you.

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furnace will use up a battery pretty quick.

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Posted: 09/29/20 06:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have not heard of leaving the heat on in a TT while traveling. The propane heater in my 21ft TT heats up the camper in like 5 minutes, no need to leave it running all the time.

Just leave the water tanks empty and the plumbing lines blown out, so you don't have to worry about lines freezing.

December in southern New England is usually not that cold, and since you are traveling south you will be in New England only for a few hours once you start.


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As said above, in a couple hrs drive campgrounds are open all year. We spend the first night plugged in at a camp ground when we go south in winter.





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The only reason you would leave the heat on while traveling is so your water won't freeze. Just drain the lines. A holding tank won't freeze in a short days travel. Fridge yes, leave on.

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"if I can sleep in the trailer at night on the way down rather than a hotel."

With the TT in tow, I never sleep in a hotel...pre-pandemic too.


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Thanks for your replies. What you say makes sense. I didn’t even think about leaving the slide in. And the weather is so unpredictable I wasn’t even thinking about how quickly it changes as we head south.

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Taxman2436 wrote:

I am planning to leave Massachusetts in late December (Covid permitting) for a 2 month vacation in Florida, returning in early March. I recall seeing a recommendation to leave the heat on in the trailer while traveling. I’m wondering if I can sleep in the trailer at night on the way down rather than a hotel. One concern that comes to mind is operating the slide in (possibly) freezing weather.


Covid-19 permitting... And weather. Assuming your rig is already winterized (late December), leave it that way until you get further south. A couple of 5-gl jugs for washing and flushing should work. Start watching the weather forecast about 10 days out and pick a favorable window for escape.

Safe travels!


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That’s a great plan. Thanks Rich!

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