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Old 01-19-2016, 09:52 PM   #11
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Most of the state parks you mentioned have great camping and hiking, but weather in Indiana will not be to your liking until April. March?? Jan Feb Nada. Indy is a good 2+ hours south of Middlebury. Not familiar with anything within 30 miles so can't help you there, but If you're picking up a unit in the next couple of months, anything in Indiana will be cold winter camping, including southern half of the state. Turkey Run, Shades, McCormics creek and Brown county state parks are my personal favorites. Lived in Indiana until we retired to southern KY 11 years ago.

Just sent you a PM and would love to see any feedback about the National Forest / COE and other Federal areas in the eastern part of the state north of Houston.
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:01 AM   #12
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We've stayed at the KOA in Middlebury a few times. Not too bad I guess. Also stayed over in Elkhart. Season is key though. Last run we made up there in winter, a lot had the water shut off for the season. We knew this ahead of time, but still went. Were lucky enough to have an ambulance place next to campground and filled our tanks there. It also snowed a good bit so made driving the motorhome interesting. Luckily up there, they don't play when it comes to clearing roads. Downside, you leave with a nice coat of salt under your rig. This is the biggest reason I'm picky about when I have one built. Guaranteed a salted frame if built in the snow months. If you do have to deal with that, make sure you get the frame rinsed off good. You would think being the RV capital, you'd have a ton of nice RV parks in the area, but not the case. You can find some, but gotta drive out of the area.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:56 AM   #13
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We stayed at the KOA a few years ago while awaiting to get in to a rally at the Fairgrounds. It was nice and close to everything we wanted to see.

edit: memory jog! We stayed at Elkhart CG. It looked like an old KOA but was nice.
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P.S. The weather may be a good reason to wait until March to pick it up although the excitement is hard to deny.
If you're planning on camping, I'm guessing a lot of campgrounds (if not all) in the area may not open until April.

KOA in Middlebury doesn't open until April 1. I've had friends that camped there and said it was nice.

We've camped at the Elkhart Campground in the past. Not sure if it would be open in March.

Any campground you're thinking about staying at I would call to make sure they are open.

My one rule when camping early or late season here in the north, if there's snow on the roads, I don't move. No sense in risking it.

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I really appreciate the input. I would not even consider it if I was not caught so off guard. 6 weeks early is always a good thing but I have decided to wait at least until March 1st to see what the weather looks like.

I have no problem putting more cash down for another month if I have to. No sense risking the weather.

I did not even think about it having salt all over it. I am hoping it has not left the factory parking lot yet and this is not yet the case. But, when I do finally pick it up, I will make sure to hose her down real well.

Living in the Houston area most of my life, you get spoiled. Cars do not rust out and salt is not a concern.

And I did know some were closed when I was searching and made my initial list.

So, I am convinced. I will wait as long as I can stand it. You can imagine my anticipation though. Christmas is already going to be 3 months late for me. Now it may be longer!!!
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I ordered a rig once that was delivered from the Middlebury area to SC in January, worst blizzard ever I think.

I was in a rush to get it also but when we saw it, I could hardly tell what color it was from the trip. It was covered with black ice and road grime. They had it powered up and we had a decent PDI.
My wife and I went to get some coffee and when we came back, it was washed all over and clean.
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I really appreciate the input. I would not even consider it if I was not caught so off guard. 6 weeks early is always a good thing but I have decided to wait at least until March 1st to see what the weather looks like.
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Living in the Houston area most of my life, you get spoiled. Cars do not rust out and salt is not a concern.
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So, I am convinced. I will wait as long as I can stand it. You can imagine my anticipation though. Christmas is already going to be 3 months late for me. Now it may be longer!!!
We were 'in the same boat' last year... trailer ready earlier than we expected. The dealer, Indiana RV Connection, wanted me to pickup the trailer sooner, but agreed to mid-March. I drove solo (both DW and I originally planned to make the trip) to Middlebury from AZ in mid-March in 2 1/2 days. All was good except for the last 100 mi - roads were totally snow covered and very icy. I'm originally from MI so that didn't worry me too much, but I averaged 20-25mph for those last miles and saw MANY slide offs etc. Some slide offs were pulling new trailers going out from Middlebury.

FYI: It was not truly a snowstorm, but can and does snow in March.

After the PDI, my new trailer and I spent the rest of the day at a local motel and got an early start the next day to return to AZ. By that time, all roads were clear and dry.
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