Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Traveling in the winter with a TT
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers  >  General Q&A

 > Traveling in the winter with a TT

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next
Sjm9911

New Jersey

Senior Member

Joined: 07/01/2020

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 12/19/20 10:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How cold does it get down there? Just curious. It takes a bit for stuff to freeze. How long is the tow? 8 hours then hooked up again? If its only around freezing and a short 8 hours or so, i wouldn't bother doing anything special.


2012 kz spree 220 ks
2020 Silverado 2500
Equalizer ( because i have it)
Formerly a pup owner.

theoldwizard1

SE MI

Senior Member

Joined: 09/07/2010

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/19/20 10:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Metzfamily wrote:

Our truck has a 220 Amp alternator so I think it will be able to keep the batteries charged. We have two batteries on the TT.

Big alternator will keep a fully charged house battery bank from discharging. It will NOT fully recharge a house bank that is below 80% SOC.

Best advice, be prepared to spend a day or two in a truck stop or other road side facility. If you don't have a generator either buy one big enough to run your charger OR buy a DC-DC charger. Running the truck will then recharge depleted house bank.

Metzfamily

Little Rock

New Member

Joined: 12/12/2020

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/19/20 10:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a honda EU2000i that we always carry with us and fuel for it.

Good to know about the truck's ability to charge the battery bank.

Metzfamily

Little Rock

New Member

Joined: 12/12/2020

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/19/20 11:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sjm9911 wrote:

How cold does it get down there? Just curious. It takes a bit for stuff to freeze. How long is the tow? 8 hours then hooked up again? If its only around freezing and a short 8 hours or so, i wouldn't bother doing anything special.


The forecast highs and lows for our time period are -
Day 1 - 50 to 27 arrival date (we moved it because of day 2 wx)
Day 2 - 35 to 12 - windy with gusts to 50
Day 3 - 28 to 15
Day 4 - 39 to 21
Day 5 - 43 to 26
Day 6 - 36 to 21 (planned departure date with a 20% chance of precip)
Day 7 - 33 to 18
Day 8 need to be back home to work

The tow is 10 hours long the coldest weather is at our destination which is listed above.

ajriding

st clair

Senior Member

Joined: 12/28/2004

View Profile



Posted: 12/19/20 11:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends...

If all pipes are inside and not on a cold steel frame or open to the outside then they will stay liquid for a while depending how insulated and warm the trailer is.

Maybe you can blow the pipes out so there is less to freeze in them. This is really the best solution.

The water heater should be fine, it is insulated on the outside but the inner part is not, where the flame burns is a u-shaped tube that is open to the outside world. Maybe put cardboard inside the access door to close of the draft. It might not matter at all on a day drive, esp if the water is hot or warm to start with.

Keep the faucets open. they can still freeze, but this gives the displaced water an exit.

Usually pipes can freeze and not see any damage, it is just annoying having no water while they thaw out. Sometimes pipes break.

Your water tank wont freeze, and if it does will not break, at worst it gets a little slushy at the top.

Gdetrailer

PA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/05/2007

View Profile



Posted: 12/19/20 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Metzfamily wrote:

Yes we have a location to park it when we arrive with 110 electricity. We pulled it in November to the same location. It was cold inside the TT when we stopped to take breaks. It would be nice if it is ok to run heat while on the road.

Our truck has a 220 Amp alternator so I think it will be able to keep the batteries charged. We have two batteries on the TT.

Is it safe to run a propane furnace while pulling the TT I guess is a big question for me.

I know the refrigerator is running on propane on the road but I would think that is a smaller flame. Still a flame never the less.

We encountered very strong winds on the last trip, but, was very fortunate that it was a tailwind. Best MPG we had ever seen. Just luck though.

So noted on the drunk buddies pulling you on an inner tube ;-) This is the advice and wisdom we are looking for.


I believe you bought a GM, check your manual and locate the charging fuse location to see if there is a fuse in that position.. GM often does not by default put a fuse on the charge line to make it hot.. Sometimes may even be a dummy fuse there.. Not sure why they do that..

Do be aware also, if it is a GM you bought, in times past, they also did not have a relay on the charge line. What that means is the charge line is on even when the engine is not running. If this is the case, if you NEED to pull over and wait out a bad weather situation you WILL want to disconnect the trailer from the vehicle wiring to prevent accidentally running down your vehicle's battery (which could be ugly in cold weather).

Many yrs ago, my Dad had a 1980s truck with a 5th wheel trailer that he wired the charge line hot all the time.. It bit him one time when he had to pull off and sit out a bad snow storm for a day.. Furnace ran the trailer battery down AND the truck battery down and he had to call for a jump the next day..

Lwiddis

Monterey, California

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 12/19/20 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jdc is right on. Follow an 18 wheeler or big bus...if you are comfortable going that fast. Personally I woundn’t do this trip now.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, 300 watt solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL flag pole. Prefer boondocking, USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, state camps. Bicyclist14 yr. Army vet-11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560) IOBC & IOAC grad


canoe on top

Denver, CO, US

Senior Member

Joined: 07/21/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/19/20 11:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I tow in winter, I keep the furnace and the water heater turned on. I carry chains that fit the truck and the trailer. Have been fortunate in that I have not had to use them. Some states require chains on one axle on the trailer if they are required on the truck.Think about braking and seeing the trailer coming around sideways in the mirror. Go slow! If the weather gets too bad, wait it out.

Sjm9911

New Jersey

Senior Member

Joined: 07/01/2020

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 12/19/20 02:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Colder then i was thinking. Yea, i might blow the lines out also.

Lwiddis

Monterey, California

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 12/19/20 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“Our truck has a 220 Amp alternator so I think it will be able to keep the batteries charged.”

But will your TV and/or TT wiring deliver sufficient amps to the house battery? Wire size? Once your TV starting battery is fully recharged what voltage will your 220 Amp alternator deliver?

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers  >  General Q&A

 > Traveling in the winter with a TT
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.