Wintertime RVing can be very appealing! The undisturbed landscape, the peaceful quiet that surrounds everything, not to mention the lack of crowds, make for a great experience! If you’re new to wintertime RVing, you may have a lot of questions or concerns about the cold and different measures you will have to take in order to prepare yourself! Don’t let the cold temps stop you! Here are some great tips for cold weather camping!
Before you head out for the winter, you should be sure to take a total evaluation of your RV and take plenty of preventative measures to ensure that your RV can withstand the colder temperatures! It is better to check these things before you get yourself in the midst of winter camping, where it will be harder to address and correct these issues! Most new RVs come equipped with features that are meant for winter weather, like heated and enclosed holding tanks, extra insulation, and dual-pane windows. If your RV does not have these things, you can take easy steps to get them ready for the season's change!
-Check the weather seal of your entry doors. These deteriorate and become flattened over time, and are a huge reason for heat loss. Replace these and there will be a noticeable difference!
-Also, check the seals on exterior storage compartment doors. A good seal will keep warm air inside! The basement compartment of your RV may need extra insulation added as well to help prevent drafts.
-Insulate your roof vents! Heat rises, so your RV will lose heat through these vents. Many camping supply companies sell vent cushions that you can put in the vents, or you can also purchase thick foam padding from fabric or home improvement stores.
-Just like at home, putting insulating film over your windows will help to keep warmth in, and the cold outside where it belongs!
-If your holding tanks aren’t already heated, add holding tank heaters, extra insulation to your holding tank area, or use a light bulb with an electric blanket to ensure that your tanks won’t freeze.
-If you’re planning on using city water hookups, use heating tape or a heated hose to ensure water won’t freeze. You can also use heating tape on valves to keep those from freezing too.
Keeping up with regular cleanup and maintenance, as well as a few added measures for wintertime living, will ensure that your systems run smoothly throughout the cold season!
-Regular dumping of your holding tanks will further keep them from freezing! Adding antifreeze to your grey and black tanks will also help to keep ice from forming inside. Just be sure to periodically add more as your tanks start to fill, as the antifreeze will become diluted. DO NOT put antifreeze in your fresh water tank!
-Make sure you don’t get any substantial snow buildup on your roof. Use a soft tool, like a broom, to remove snow so that you don’t damage your roof. DO NOT attempt to climb your ladder to access your roof in the winter, as it could be icy and dangerous, and the roof’s material will be more brittle and more easily damaged.
Additional Heating Options
If you find that your RV’s furnace is not getting the job done, you can add a heater for additional heat! Special heaters are made for and are safe for RV use, and typically run on LP gas. It is important to remember, however that catalytic heaters use oxygen to work, so you will need to keep a window cracked or your vents open to ensure you’ll be able to breathe. If that sounds too intimidating, you could always use an electric space heater! Always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you’ll have enough room to operate one. This also saves on LP gas!
Winterize Your RV
If you are going to be staying at a campground whose full facilities are available year-round, you could consider winterizing your RV so that you will not have to worry about water freezing, dumping your holding tanks, or anything of the sort! You’d have to use the campground’s facilities and bring along drinking water for your RV, but it could save you a lot of hassle in the long run!
We hope that these cold weather camping tips have helped you decide whether winter RVing is for you! Don’t let the cold temps stop you! Wintertime RVing can be one of the most relaxing and cozy experiences! Have you spent the winter in your RV? Comment with any additional advice you have!