Now that we are "seriously hooked" on using our new RV, we are thinking of taking a trip to Florida for the Christmas break. My "kids" are both in college, so we should be able to get away for about 10-12 days just before and including Christmas. We'd like to be in the Orlando area for a little while to take in Epcot, Universal Studios and Sea World (at least). Other than that, we may venture over to Daytona or to the Clearwater area for some beach time and just hope the weather cooperates. (That part is optional and still up for debate)
My questions are logistic in nature, I guess..... I am told (by the salesman) that our RV can do some light winter weather work without special considerations as the "basement" area is heated (would it be officially "heated" or just get some radiant heat from the floor above it??) , but I am still unsure how to proceed. I sure dont want to have a bunch of problems! It is a 2005 39 ft Fleetwood Discovery. In Ohio, we usually have to winterize by mid November, so my unit will be winterized before we are ready to take off. Would you recommend we keep it winterized until reaching some better temperatures (say in GA or SC) ? And then make arrangements for it to be re-winterized as soon as we get home (keeping the heat running if necessary?) Do you suppose i should have heat tape available just in case?
In Ohio, we could have anything from 0 to 60 degrees in early December, so i know a lot of the considerations might need to be dealt with once we know the forecast, but i guess i'd like to have a couple plans in place for different scenarios. For instance, we might encounter real cold temps in Florida, too - although that is uncommon. The most likely circumstance is that it will be in the 30's when we leave Ohio and in the 60's when we are in Florida. I guess i just dont know how cold it will need to be before we start having "issues" or needing to take special precautions.
Any tips on this will be greatly appreciated!! I've been reading the site today and have picked up quite a few cold weather tips, but it seems most of those are geared toward Really cold temps, so i need help deciding which apply to this situation.
Also, we looked into staying at the Disney Campgrounds and of course it is pretty expensive, although they look great and they do provide transportation to their parks. Any other thoughts on where to stay in the area? We can take a car if necessary since part of the parks we intend to hit are Disney and some aren't. I do like having the flexibility of the "toad".
And finally..... any preferred routes? Just at a glance, i might like to do the 77 south and then hook up to 95. (We've been in Savannah before and wouldn't mind a day or more stop there.) My first thought was to do ANY route that did not land me in Atlanta! We're really early in the planning stages, though, so we will certainly be doing more research.
Thanks for any and all help/thoughts!!