RV Autumn Travel Safety Alert
Before I share the drone video and pictures from our respite with Monte and the girls at his mountain retreat, I must issue this RV Autumn Travel Safety Alert. If you are thinking that late October might be an excellent time to drive north, I have two words for you – DO NOT! The weather is insane and services diminish as you near the polar icecap which at this time has apparently relocated southward to the Nebraska/South Dakota border.
Autumn RV traveling tips for those heading north for some inexplicable reason at this time of year
- Northern RV Parks often offer “off-season” rates during the month of October/November. “Off Season Rate” is apparently a code word for “we will charge you marginally less for a site since we have turned off the park water, stored the picnic tables, removed the fire rings and dumpsters and closed the office.” Most parks do provide a self service drop box so that you can leave them money which I assume they collect when the weather permits them to return. Check before you pull in as you may find yourself paying a premium price for a parking place only.
- Many northern RV parks, city sites and state park campsites close for the season in mid-October. Be aware that camping with services becomes more and more limited the further north you travel. With night temps falling to below 20 in South Dakota, 50 amp service becomes a requirement for us. We prefer running our heaters with park power rather than running our generator all night to prevent frostbite.
- The weather can change drastically! We went to sleep in Valentine, NE after enjoying a 90 degree afternoon washing the RV. At 4:00am the next morning, 50 mph winds pummel the RV threatening to shred slideout toppers and my nerves. Overnight the temps nosedive like a kamikaze over a PT Boat. At 42 degrees, frosty fingers of air finagle through hidden exterior cracks to rudely force us out of bed and into action. The winds and temps here make Cape Blanco seem like a tropical island and we still have 150 miles further north to ride.
- Try to find a park with some windbreak. Being rocked to sleep by a gentle breeze is one thing, but having white caps in your dishwater while the RV is parked can be alarming!