Prepping to Head South for the Winter in Your Motor Home

The time is almost here for the snowbirds to hit the road and head for warmer weather. If you count yourself among this crowd, remember these tips as you finish packing and finalize your plans. Travel south worry-free and enjoy your sunny winter!

Prepare Your Northern Home

Prepare your house to be unoccupied for a few months. Clean out your fridge and freezer and unplug them. You should also leave them open to avoid mold. Do the same for your dishwasher. Turn off your water and drain the pipes—you don’t want to come back to a flooded house! Turn your heat down low to save on the electric bill. Disconnect your landline phone, if you have one, so it’s not ringing while you’re away, driving your neighbors crazy.

Purchase timer lights for the yard that go on at dusk and shut off in the morning. It is also a good idea to install these on a few lights inside. Arrange for someone to clear snow from your driveway. Suspend your newspaper subscription. Lock your windows, as well as any gates. Robbers look for all of these to be neglected as a sign that no one is home.

Get Everything Set Up for Your Southern Home

Make sure you have everything you need at your new home. Have your mail forwarded to your new address, and pay bills online if possible so that you don’t miss an important payment. Some utility companies will allow you to take a vacation leave if you inquire about it in advance, which might save you some money.

Make sure you know where the best doctors and hospitals are local to your southern home. To prevent fraud detection from shutting down your credit cards, inform the bank that you will be traveling, or add a seasonal address. Finally, bring tax documents with you, just in case your stay extends into April.

Prepare ahead of time to eliminate any nagging worries. Traveling south in your RV is tons of fun, and your winter is guaranteed to be a blast!


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