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windhorse

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Posted: 07/05/22 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We enjoy travelling in our truck camper but may need to take an extended break this coming winter to visit family living abroad. If we do, we will have to find a suitable place to store our camper, a venerable 1996 Lance Legend that we would prefer not to do in a location with a lot of snow, as we cannot afford indoor storage and want to look after the camper as well as it has looked after us.

We have had good experience in the past storing our camper in Phoenix and San Antonio but since then we have driven slowly north and plan to continue to explore northern USA and Canada in the coming months before winter chases us south again. Just now we explore Washington.

What we are trying to figure out is how far and where further south we should aim to be when the time comes for us to store our camper. That will depend on amount of snow, driving distance to get there, cost of monthly storage compared to other parts of the country, etc.

We figure we are not by a long shot the first to have this question, so would appreciate any advice or pointers about where to explore with this scenario in mind?

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Posted: 07/05/22 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we live in metro Chicago and most years we head to AZ in early January. our experience has shown us that by the time we get to Memphis the odds of snow or even freezing temps is low. we usually de-winterize the water system in Memphis.


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See below and decide:

https://snowbrains.com/map-of-average-annual-snowfall-in-contiguous-u-s/

Honestly, short of getting multiple feet on the roof, I don't think it matters much. Either the roof is properly sealed or rain will leak thru also.


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In your search for a place with little snow, don't store it in a place will lots of rain like eastern Oregon or Washington. We came back to an RV full of mold.

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Trackrig wrote:

In your search for a place with little snow, don't store it in a place will lots of rain like eastern Oregon or Washington. We came back to an RV full of mold.

Bill


We had thought about the risk of water damage - but not of mold, so thanks for mentioning this

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valhalla360 wrote:

See below and decide:

https://snowbrains.com/map-of-average-annual-snowfall-in-contiguous-u-s/

Honestly, short of getting multiple feet on the roof, I don't think it matters much. Either the roof is properly sealed or rain will leak thru also.


At the moment the roof is properly sealed, we redid it ourselves two years ago, but unfortunately that does not guarantee it will stay properly sealed while we are away

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Winterize and store at low elevations south of Las Vegas to NC line and you should be OK with limited snow.


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rk911 wrote:

Memphis.


Thanks, will look more closely at this neck of the woods.

I take it you mean Memphis, Tennessee (not Memphis in Texas)?

* This post was edited 07/06/22 11:32am by windhorse *

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windhorse wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

See below and decide:

https://snowbrains.com/map-of-average-annual-snowfall-in-contiguous-u-s/

Honestly, short of getting multiple feet on the roof, I don't think it matters much. Either the roof is properly sealed or rain will leak thru also.


At the moment the roof is properly sealed, we redid it ourselves two years ago, but unfortunately that does not guarantee it will stay properly sealed while we are away


Check it before putting her to bed for the winter. Rain or snow can result in water damage.

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valhalla360 wrote:

windhorse wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

See below and decide:

https://snowbrains.com/map-of-average-annual-snowfall-in-contiguous-u-s/

Honestly, short of getting multiple feet on the roof, I don't think it matters much. Either the roof is properly sealed or rain will leak thru also.


At the moment the roof is properly sealed, we redid it ourselves two years ago, but unfortunately that does not guarantee it will stay properly sealed while we are away


Check it before putting her to bed for the winter. Rain or snow can result in water damage.


Whatever else that can be said about travelling like this it is certainly not boring. One favorite form of entertainment is sitting at the table in the dinette with spring rain pounding on the roof wondering if this is the day that a leak starts?

Fortunately for us that hasn't happened yet (-:

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