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Old 10-27-2015, 07:08 PM   #15
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We've made that crossing a number of times, We stay south, sometime hugging the border. Our rule with snow has been to wait it out. We just don't drive when ie's snowing and wait for the roads to clear. Though it can snow south at the time of the year usually nothing significant or long term. The southern Rockies, particularly on the Interstates are usually not a problem.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:09 PM   #16
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HA... AZ is not exempt from iced roads. I skied and ice skated all the way from the Grand Canyon South rim to Flagstaff one November.

You got me there! In fact, at 5300' in the White Mountains, we see some of it where I live. But not down in the low desert, which is why I'd recommend I-10 over I-40.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:29 PM   #17
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We towed a Scamp 19 from SE MA to LA in January 2014 and returned in March. We watched the weather for a couple day window to get out of the northeast and more or less followed I95 south to I10 and then pretty much followed it west to LA. We planned to be out for the winter so we seldom travelled over 300 miles per day and stopped for at least 2-nights at each stop. We spent quite a bit of time in TX and AZ. We drove 10,000 miles, about 8,000 with the trailer.
We encountered some sub-freezing weather in the Carolinas and in Big Bend, TX, but no snow until some flurries on our last day returning on I84 in NY.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:59 PM   #18
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Wow, thanks everyone! I'm encouraged by the stories of successful winter travel. My trailer doesn't have brakes so that's not an option, and probably another good reason to avoid mountains. I was thinking of making my way to I-40 but going all the way down to I-10 is another good option. It would add about 500 miles, but could be a better bet anyhow. I won't be in a rush so I can take it easy if I do run into bad weather. One possible problem with either choice is that the last part involves CA-58 which was closed because of mud slides... if it's not one thing it's another!
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:35 PM   #19
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One more thing to consider,,,, Traveling on snow, ice or slush usually means also traveling on roads that have been sanded or salted and your trailer will get extremely dirty. I would avoid salted roads completely and I would plan on a major wash job when I got out of the snow.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:46 PM   #20
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Have you checked your axle to see if it has the square brake backing plate mount? If it does adding brakes would be relatively easy.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:52 PM   #21
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Thanks Steve, it had brakes which were very deteriorated and not repairable according to the truck and trailer place I took it to. They said replacement parts aren't available and they recommended taking off all the brake hardware so it wouldn't come apart and jam a wheel while I was driving. So that's what I did. From what I've been told brakes aren't really needed on a small trailer - but I see that you have a 13' Scamp, does it have brakes?
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:01 PM   #22
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Brakes are always a plus and in New York State are required on RV's over 1000 lbs. In about 16 other states the limit is at 1500 lbs. and I doubt if a Burro going down the road would come under the 1500 lb. limit.


Hopefully some other Burro owners will chime in about replacement brake parts.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:45 PM   #23
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Excellent advise. After my first trip south, when I didn't know that Missouri interstates were not salted when ice covered, I wait until the traffic has broken through the slick stuff.
Oregon doesn't salt roads either AND as an Oregonian I'm glad (Tree hugger here.)
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Oregon doesn't salt roads either AND as an Oregonian I'm glad (Tree hugger here.)
I wasn't displeased to find no salt! It's just that I had driven on salted roads acrossed Iowa. By noon, traffic and the sun had cleared the ice. There was just the experience of driving for an hour on ice.
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I wouldn't even hitch up on snow. Or ice. But I'm from AZ, so what do I know!
I even had snow going west to Tucson. Probably the only year that ever happened!

Wendy, I can only say that you want to go as far south as possible and I am another one who would not want to drive, much less pull a trailer, in snow. Would avoid the Rockies for sure.
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Brakes are always a plus and in New York State are required on RV's over 1000 lbs. In about 16 other states the limit is at 1500 lbs. and I doubt if a Burro going down the road would come under the 1500 lb. limit.


Hopefully some other Burro owners will chime in about replacement brake parts.
Hi, Wenrob,
You can check this map to know the requirements of each States or Provinces.

Towing Laws | BrakeBuddy - Braking systems for motorhomes towing a vehicle
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Thanks Steve, it had brakes which were very deteriorated and not repairable according to the truck and trailer place I took it to. They said replacement parts aren't available and they recommended taking off all the brake hardware so it wouldn't come apart and jam a wheel while I was driving. So that's what I did. From what I've been told brakes aren't really needed on a small trailer - but I see that you have a 13' Scamp, does it have brakes?
Yes my Scamp has brakes wouldn't have it without brakes. You don't need brakes until you really need them and then you wish you really had them. I feel more comfortable that the brakes are there. Driving in LA traffic it can make all the difference.
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Hi, Wenrob,
You can check this map to know the requirements of each States or Provinces.

Towing Laws | BrakeBuddy - Braking systems for motorhomes towing a vehicle
I don't know if there have been any changes since that list was printed (2007), but here's a list that is updated on a regular basis.

https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/trailer-brakes/
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