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Old 03-23-2010, 05:08 PM   #21
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Wouldn't want to give up winter travel -- no traffic (read crowds) and the sights are spectacular.
AMEN on the lack of crowds. When we were at Carlsbad Caverns, we practically had the cave to ourselves. On the self-guided Big Room "tour", we often found ourselves the only people on the trail--whole different experience without all the crowd noise.
When we wanted a hotel night, N-o-o problem, and got great rates.
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Nights down to the 20s are no big deal for us. We even get those in TX (shock!). But frankly, it's just not that much fun for us to travel much north of I-10 in the winter - just too much cold weather to spend a lot of time outdoors. It really limits where you can go.

I see people with really heavy duty 4-season fifth wheels, and they are so heavy you have to use an 18-wheeler cab like truck to pull one. Unless you are a working fulltimer who has to spend the winter in cold climes, it seems like a pity to have to go to such an expense.

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Nights down to the 20s are no big deal for us. We even get those in TX (shock!). But frankly, it's just not that much fun for us to travel much north of I-10 in the winter - just too much cold weather to spend a lot of time outdoors. It really limits where you can go.
I quite agree. Camping (in the "Campers" or "Travelers" sense) would probably not be that enjoyable in the winter. Exploring America in something as agile as a Roadtrek is completely different. We are kind of "Storm Chasers" in reverse -- we go where the weather isn't. The Weather Channel is on 24/7 in some variation or another when we are traveling. We don't necessarily stay away from cold weather but stuff flying around in the air is definitely something we avoid.

Anyway, the point being that Winter travel requires nimbleness and that means no long drawn out set-up/tear-down procedures -- the Roadtrek fits that role.
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Ron, what do you do about cooking and dishes when you are on the road and winterized? All the rest I get.
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TV dinners in the microwave? Paper plates?
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TV dinners in the microwave? Paper plates?
It depends on how much time (hours) we have while stopped. We have, of course, the microwave but also a toaster oven and a Oil-filled electric skillet (but Google for other models). Although I use electricity exclusively, we do have the propane two-burner stove -- although, if cold out, it would be difficult uncomfortable to ventilate properly. Oh! And I do have that nifty Microwave Pasta cooker that is a god-send.

I have had suggested but haven't tried the "Crock Pot in the sink" as you drive down the road.

Yeah, it is not as convenient as in our stick and stone house but not everything else is either.

Dishes are done in the laundry room of the campground -- although we do use a lot of paper for weight control and storage space reasons.

We haven't done any "boondocking" but if we did, I believe the generator would supply the electricity needed at a very reasonable cost.

Now, having said that: I have no objection to "TV Dinners." Some of the Lean Cuisine products, for instance, are quite nutritious (not all, of course, so be careful). See this article, for example.
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We have never traveled winterized. At most, with our Casita trailer, we poured some RV anti-freeze into our waste tanks. As long as there is heat in the living areas, your plumbing is not going to freeze - open some cabinet doors inside if you are worried.

Then again, we never camped anywhere with nights below 20 in our Casita, and in our motorhome, we haven't gone below 11 at night. There, the basement is kept warm enough so we don't even pour anything into our waste tanks.

If you are bound and determined to camp where nights drop below 20 or so, and days don't really get above freezing, and your heating systems are really up to snuff, then you probably have to take more drastic measures.

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Ron, what do you do about cooking and dishes when you are on the road and winterized? All the rest I get.
As a fellow Roadtreker, we have be able to enjoy a variety of menu items without going to Lean Cusine by shopping an increasing variety of pre-prepped main-course meals from Costco. On last trip we had a veal entree, garlic shortribs, and pot roast to name a few. All were done in the stock microwave, so cook times had to be extended. Adding a few frozen veggies and some Uncle Ben's rice mixes makes for a pretty good meal.
It is pretty amazing the menu choices showing up in Costco refrig and frozen cases. The unit costs are a bit higher, of course, but the ability to have meals with character and variety is well worth it. Especially if you compare to eating out and paying the premium required for decent wine.
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