Well folks, we finally left the sandspit! (Cape Cod) We've gone 3150 miles so far. Went a lot of the way west on US highway 50, which predates the interstate highway system. West Virginia was challenging, meaning steep grades that made me fear that we'd blow the transmission or burn out the brakes. Spent the last week exploring around Taos and Santa Fe, NM. Bandolier National Monument's Juniper campground was amazing, we pretty much had the place to ourselves, mule deer, and coyotes for 3 nights.
So far everything is working out really well. We have only used electric hook ups twice in almost 3 weeks (mostly to charge our laptops). Tonight we're in an RV park in Santa Fe, with hot showers, electric hook up, wifi and laundry. $37...the most we've paid for a night so far. Using my "Senior Pass" we pay only about $7 in National Park campgrounds. Last night we were 8 miles up in the mountains, it was 29F when we went to bed and there was about 3" of snow in the morning. I'd never towed the FAN in snow, and going DOWN the mountain into Santa Fe was downright frightening!
Question for towing veterans...what advice other than "Don't" do you have regarding towing in snow / ice? We do have 4WD, but on the sleigh ride down the mountain it seemed as if maybe the trailer brakes were locking up. I thought about disabling them, but was scared to try it!
SuzieQ, we have the "Curve" too, really like it. I have found that the change in elevation causes pressure to build up in the receiving tank. It can be unpleasant if I forget to open the valve SLOWLY before using the terlit.
The only advice that I have for towing in the snow is only do it when you have to and then do it very slowly remembering that the going is the easy part, the stopping and turning is the hard part. As for electric brakes I back the adjust off so that they don't lock up as easy, trail and error adjust at very low speed then don't forget to return setting to normal position when you are out of the snow.
Sounds like a wonderful adventure! Wishing you safe travels and lots more fun!
And post some pics for us when you get a chance.
I understand about towing through WV. I've done that in the snow with my TD a few times. I towed the Shasta last month across WV on the way back from St. Louis and no problem with the hills but the hills and the 18 wheelers together made it a little scary. That was on 64 and the turnpike (I hate the turnpike in WV, creepy). Hwy 33 that runs N-S in WV is incredible and full of 9% grades and switchbacks. I'll tackle that one day with Shasta because it's gorgeous.
I don't really know how you go about washing the road salt off when you're traveling, but it was pretty brutal on my TD. Just a thought.
I've towed horses all over the nation in all kinds of wild weather.
In snow, we drove sloooowly. It is very tiring, so we switched drivers every couple of hours. Drive like your family is in the trailer. If it gets too bad (visibility/slick/glare) stop in a safe area. There are usually turnouts on roads known to be impassible at times.
BE VERY AWARE OF BLACK ICE. Treacherous and mostly invisible. If the forecast tells you, park.