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RE: Arctic Fox 22G

I like it! While I normally suggest a slide for everyone, you obviously don't want or need it, so no point it having the weight or extra $$$. We are working toward a more minimalist lifestyle and this trailer fits the bill. You'll have what you need, good quality and not some "fluff" you don't need or want....mostly need for minimalist. Like the bathroom and great storage. Like the counterspace in the kitchen. Problem with watching TV in bed - if you do that - is that I tend to doze off. I've seen the first 15 minutes of a zillion movies - no clue about the ending. Outside shower?? We use ours twice a year....in the spring to dewinterize, just in case and in the fall to winterize. That's it! Awning?? If it's not something you use, I wouldn't fret over adding options to it just to leave it stowed. Folks have lived for years with a manual awning, or now the power but without the tilt feature. Ours is power and we never, never leave it out when we leave the campsite or if weather looks questionable. Lesson learned so we don't need it to tilt when we're 5 steps away from the button. I think I've seen maybe 1 Arctic Fox here in TN. Where are they manufactured? Since we don't winter camp it would be overkill for us, but I do like the general quality mentioned often. Enjoy your new camper and make lots of happy memories. Merry Christmas!
dadmomh 12/12/14 10:42am Travel Trailers
Trip report: Chattanooga & GSMNP April 2014

Hope there's no time limitation on posting previous trips. I've enjoyed reading other people's trip reports and I thought I'd share our Spring Break vacation from April 2014. My husband and I are in our late 30s, and the kids were 11, 9, and 5. Trip timeline was 4-3 to 4-13. Day 1: Driving MI to Chattanooga We planned on getting an early start, by about 7 or so and driving straight through to Chattanooga.........yep, that's 650 miles from home in southern Michigan. It was still snowing at home so we waited until the last minute to dewinterize and sanitize. At 10pm the night before our departure, I noticed water on the floor of the bunkhouse. Apparently the hose to the outside kitchen busted during the winter. The following morning, we didn't leave until 9:30am after waiting for the hardware shop to open and getting the parts to fix the leak. We drove straight through stopping every 2-3 hours for only 20 minutes at a time. I'm sure the majority of people here have been to the Smokies, but it took us 12 hours, is longest drive we've gone and it's the farthest the kids had ever been from home. So it's pretty significant for us. No joke, it poured for the first 9 hours of the trip. At one point I asked my husband if he wanted to stop for the night and he said, "Why bother. I'll just have to set up in the rain and the kids will stay inside playing on their tablets. May as well keep driving." Right-O! We did fine until the last hour when we all got a little stir crazy and my 5 year old was crying because she wanted to be in bed. :( We made it to Best Holiday Travel Park in Chattanooga at 10pm. It was 75 and muggy and I couldn't wrap my head around it because you couldn't see grass in anyone's yard at home. This park is actually in Georgia and came highly reviewed but I didn't care for it too much. The spaces were ridiculously tight and you couldn't even get chairs around the campfire. Some class A couldn't do both the awning and slide at the same time. We went to bed exhausted and ready for day two! Day 2: Chattanooga After our long day of travel we were promptly woken up at 5:30am by a loud beeping alarm. We sprang out of bed disoriented and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. Turned out to be the LP alarm. It took us several minutes to figure out that we had the gas shut off completely and the actual sensor had gone bad. We clipped the wires to silence it, but after being shaken up and thinking we were poisoning our children, we couldn't fall back asleep. The kids slept through the excitement......I have no idea how they did this! After breakfast we picked up a new LP alarm (installed that day and hasn't given us a false alarm since, whew!) and headed out to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. The kids and I had never been to an aquarium before. It was a blast! My daughter got her ponytails wet from petting the stingrays. https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10257811_10202912411285066_4195581487992836446_n.jpg?oh=0f0ea5ea48410db47d56011869bd25f4&oe=54FF82F5&__gda__=1426183907_c52a5c02665206d0763af29148cf5d1f https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10006924_10202919209015005_1142602771661038127_n.jpg?oh=a1b6a343ac35613f09d72831fdcc58a6&oe=5517891F&__gda__=1427271689_2bec852a77b9baecb1a58f4a9c1b599e We spent a few hours at the aquarium then went back to the camper for lunch. It was a little overcast and threatening rain, but we decided to head out to Chickamauga National Military Park to check it out. Lessons I learned at Chickamauga: -The children don't care to look at statues placed in fields....at all. DUH! Should have seemed obvious, but I thought they'd like it more. Nope. -Educational material about the Civil War can be used as punishment for my children. Yep, it's that bad. :) Cannon outside of visitor center = good. https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10153177_10202912386804454_1049474822111727727_n.jpg?oh=58cd9cc395fc1b326e7c5d62dfae11e3&oe=54FC5FFC Gun room inside of visitor center = good. https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1977180_10202912389364518_683934558751265896_n.jpg?oh=d57cfa0b56420ba42f75c77da5ea423f&oe=5506E5C2&__gda__=1427014568_6be2c122d76945c0826c54088733b5dd Random statues placed in fields = not good. Museum gift shop = good. https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1378874_10202912388084486_293474337094846393_n.jpg?oh=d5e12971bdd9659cedcaf6f2e52567de&oe=55451153&__gda__=1426463375_85e5749ff91a7902ca7eef8440728264
michigansandzilla 12/10/14 08:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water

When we used to begin our winter travel on Jan 2 from Rochester NY we would fill with water in the driveway and dewinterize with the furnace on. The furnace kept the utility bay warm enough and the volume of water in the FW tank was great enough to prevent fast freezing. We drove through some freezing weather and stayed in our son's driveway with temps down to 15 overnight. That coach was an '04 Southwind and before that an '01 Daybreak. We burned a lot of propane keeping warm but I don't remember ever freezing the water system. I would NOT be happy getting fresh water at FJ. I would stop at a campground along the way however and put some water in the tank for travel purposes. Once you get south of I 40 most campgrounds are open.
xctraveler 12/08/14 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water

If it's too cold to dewinterize before we leave, we fill a few gallon milk jugs to take with us. By the eve of the second day we are in S GA or N FL so we dewinterize at the campground. Works for us.
CG Dawson 12/08/14 08:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Coach is in garage for now, but after Christmas taking off to Houston for a month. I do have some things to take care of while there and I hope its not going to be to cold. Then home for 3 weeks while hubby is home on turnaround. Then we are heading to Florida for a month, possibly 2. DD and I can hardly wait. I will have to dewinterize and do it again then dewinterize again but better then everything freezing up. I worry that Feb could be very bad weather to go back to Indiana and leave again. Maybe I will get lucky.
PatStab 12/02/14 09:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I-75 Mi. to central Fl.

Does anyone know of rv parks along the 1-75 rte from Mi. to fla. I figure the first day we will make it to Central KY. then another 350 miles day 2 then into our destination. So we need to spend 2 nights along the way. I am wondering if 2 nights in a dog friendly motel may be the answer. Any suggestion would be appreciated. BTW we are leaving the 1st of Feb. that is why the question. May not dewinterize until after knoxville or a little further south. We will be in our new 34" TT and truck Not sure your exact route from Michigan to Kentucky, but if you are getting to central Kentucky in one day it will be a long one. We do the I-24 to I-65, and at Birmingham we take US RT 231 to I-10 to I-75 and into SW Florida. We avoid Monteagle (the I-24 to I-75 route) because we had bad experiences going that way on two different occasions. Back in the 90's (March) we hit a blizzard up there and were stuck for 3 days, three years ago it was so foggy up there we had to sit for 4 hours. I don't mind the climb it is just the unpredictable weather conditions between December and March up there. We are using Clarksville RV CG this year on our way south. It is right on the interstate and is open all year. Nashville has a nice KOA but it is around $65.00 per night. There are some good CG's down through Alabama. The time of year you are leaving I think it would be questionable if you could de-winterize in TN or KY. If it was me I would look ahead at the extended temps for those areas and make my decision. When we leave next month we will not be winterized. We simply set the furnace on 50 or 55 degrees and go. But we could be traveling in 30 degree days and you may be seeing 10 degree days.
C-Bears 11/25/14 01:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: FL for Christmas, are we nuts?

Winterizing and de-winterizing is not that tough. Plenty of posts here on how to do it. It's something you should learn to do anyway. Dewinterize once south and winterize before heading back north. And have a nice trip.
bhh 11/23/14 05:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: FL for Christmas, are we nuts?

Since you're pretty new to this, you may not want to learn winterizing while trying to have a relaxing trip. DEWINTERIZING is a pretty quick and easy thing to do - a bit of bleach in the water system, run it through until you smell bleach, shut the water off for a few hours, then run fresh water until no more bleach and start up the water heater again. Winterizing is a bit more work and this time you might want to just pay to have it done. Depending on where you're going in FL, there is a Camping World in Calera, AL, just south of Birmingham. Also one just outside Tallahassee and one near the junction of I-10 and I-12. Any of those would be an easy stop for having it winterized. BTW, the Calera and Tallahassee locations have overnighting, so you might accomplish both with one stop. I would not dewinterize until you're into the TN/AL area. This winter has been weird and we've had plenty of subfreezing weather here in West TN and parts south. Re places to stay...heading south out of Cincy, General Butler SP in Carrollton, KY is a good spot. Further south into TN, there is not a lot along I-65. Nashville has several nice, albeit very $$$, campgrounds near Opryland Hotel. Regardless, strongly suggest you make reservations before heading out as even the Walmart parking lots are going to be full. Have a safe trip.
dadmomh 11/23/14 09:27am Travel Trailers
I-75 Mi. to central Fl.

Does anyone know of rv parks along the 1-75 rte from Mi. to fla. I figure the first day we will make it to Central KY. then another 350 miles day 2 then into our destination. So we need to spend 2 nights along the way. I am wondering if 2 nights in a dog friendly motel may be the answer. Any suggestion would be appreciated. BTW we are leaving the 1st of Feb. that is why the question. May not dewinterize until after knoxville or a little further south. We will be in our new 34" TT and truck
Dog Trainer 11/20/14 08:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Renting RV Late Dec. - Phoenix-Denver...All Routes Unsafe?

We have a fully winterized unit (every thing heated by furnace AND engine heat) but the only time we dewinterize is when we know we will be in warm climate (S. Arizona etc) for our next dump station. Most dump stations will be closed in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and N. Arizona in December. Does that mean you never use the shower or toilet? Thanks. We will use the toilet IF we are in range of an open dump station. CAUTION: Your rental may NOT have heated holding tanks which means you would need to flush the toilet with antifreeze.
Harvard 11/16/14 07:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Renting RV Late Dec. - Phoenix-Denver...All Routes Unsafe?

We have a fully winterized unit (every thing heated by furnace AND engine heat) but the only time we dewinterize is when we know we will be in warm climate (S. Arizona etc) for our next dump station. Most dump stations will be closed in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and N. Arizona in December. Does that mean you never use the shower or toilet? Thanks.
supplyguy 11/16/14 05:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Renting RV Late Dec. - Phoenix-Denver...All Routes Unsafe?

We have a fully winterized unit (every thing heated by furnace AND engine heat) but the only time we dewinterize is when we know we will be in warm climate (S. Arizona etc) for our next dump station. Most dump stations will be closed in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and N. Arizona in December.
Harvard 11/16/14 04:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Winter Weekends in a Coachmen Mirada 34BH

Some of the higher end MHs has some insulation srayed under MH wet bay. That helps. Some have heaters in wet bay. Light bulb would help. I bought a indoor/outdoor thermometer. I mount the outdoor monitor in my wet bay up off the floor. I mount it on my black tank dump valve so I can monitor the temp. You can buy heat pads for tanks. I think you would be OK but watch it closely and have a plan of action. I carry a compressor and just blow out my lines. I can winterize on the road. I only use antifreeze in traps. That way I can dewinterize quickly.
WyoTraveler 11/13/14 10:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV freeze protection

Leave the tank empty. Within 8 - 10 hours you can be south enough to dewinterize.
beemerphile1 11/13/14 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone have damage from blow-only winterizing?

Is there any problem with draining the pink AF right after you put it into the system? I have always left it in there, but I don't see why you have to. It would be simpler to just get it in and out all in one session. In my current RV, I am winterized now, but will be heading to AZ in January. To dewinterize someplace on the road is more of a pain. Including completely unloading one storage compartment to get to the water filter. And having to sop up the stray AF that stays in the compartment. The compartment is a plastic tub design, with a drain plug, but there is still quite a mess. I'm thinking I'd rather deal with that here and now.
Snowman9000 11/13/14 06:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold snap, not winterized yet, issues?

No issues as long as temps don't go much lower than predicted. We've already spent a week camping with overnight temps in the 20's and experienced no frozen waterlines as daytime temps were 50's most days. Have been caught off guard though one Early Spring trip where temps fell well below their forecasted figures in the four corners area. Waterlines did temporarily freeze for a couple of days but all was well after they thawed. Have a great time at the beach for your last RV outing of the year. We've already winterized but do dewinterize on occasion to head south to our neighboring states of TX and AZ to enjoy their milder winter temps.
Sandia Man 11/12/14 11:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Loading up in cold weather

We usually head for Texas in mid Feb. Never had a problem, just turn on the heat in the MH and pack it the day before. We leave it winterized until we get to southern Mo. then dewinterize and head on south.
olfarmer 11/11/14 09:16pm Snowbirds
RE: Loading up in cold weather

Our last 2 winter trips south (only 2) both started out in January here in Michigan. It's been very cold both times. Once I got the 5ver home I first used an electric space heater to warm up the interior, but kept the temp in the low 50's. I also used the furnace, but to a lesser extent. The fridge was fine on electric and switched over to gas a day before leaving. Once on the road I don't worry about food stuffs getting real cold, but since we usually only have one day and maybe one night below freezing it's not a big deal. We have moteled it the first night out in either KY or TN and were able to dewinterize the end of the 2nd day on the road. If the weather was really cold while at the motel I've cranked the furnace up to about 70 or so and then shutting it off before going to bed. The first year we went south it got down to 17F in Bowling Green, KY so the first thing I did in the morning was to turn the furnace back on for about 20-30 minutes. We had a 7 gallon water container sitting in one of the sinks and while I did place a blanket over it, it never froze. If there's anything we are really worried about freezing we place it in our tow vehicle and/or take it into the motel that first night.
Parrothead Mike 11/10/14 06:48pm Snowbirds
RE: No freshwater drain valve?

It sounds like yours is similar to mine. Slide the mattress to one side. If you don't find an opening to allow you to reach into the area under the bed, slide the mattress the other way. When you find the opening, use a flashlight to look in there. You will see the water pump, the valve that opens to allow the fresh water tank to drain through one of those tubes you saw below, and hopefully a tube hooked to a 3 way valve that will let you easily pump the pink stuff through your system if you so choose. Mine also has shut offs for the outside shower. I can winterize the system, close the shut offs for the outside shower, dewinterize the RV, and have a fully functioning water system with the outside shower still winterized. It is possible that the low point drain valves may be there also, although mine are elsewhere.
Bobbo 11/09/14 08:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: First Winter Trip South - Pls Help Us Avoid Future Divorce

What we do. Wait at home till the latest bad weather has gone through. We then have at least two clear days to reach warmer weather. X2 :) Also we put extra Anti Freeze (AF) in the grey and black holding tanks, so for a couple of nights can use the toilet and clean our teeth with the filtered water we carry on board and a large jug of water for flushing lightly. We DO NOT turn on any faucets until we dewinterize these and the laundry when in warmer climes further south. No issues in many years travelling in all kinds of winter weathers, just frozen noses when we wake up some morning (LOL).
FULLTIMEWANABE 11/08/14 10:50am Beginning RVing
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