The RV Insider
5 Tips for Winter Rving
If you are considering winter RVing this year, don’t worry about having a lot of money or heated basements on your RV. You only need to learn the capabilities and limitations of your own RV before you begin any cold-weather camping trips. For example, you will need to understand your RV systems and experiment with different types of cold weather insulation.
Here are five tips to ensure your winter RV trips are safe and pleasant.
Heated RV Water Hose
Water hoses freeze quickly without precautions and it is recommended to use a heated water hose, heat tape and a Thermocube outlet.
Skirting your RV
What does skirting your RV mean? It means putting material around the bottom of the rig to help keep the area protected from the cold. In fact, it is one of the most important things to do if you are staying put for a long time somewhere where temperatures get below freezing plus the wind chill. Whether your RV comes with a winterized set-up or not, it is still a good idea to skirt it as it helps to keep the heat inside and avoids overusing the furnace.
Keep the Floors Warm
If your RV doesn’t come with heated floors, there are ways to keep them warm. One way is to purchase foam squares that are normally used for stress relief when standing for long periods of time. These squares can be cut to fit your RV shape and cover the floors. It keeps the feet warm while insulating the floors.
Humidity tends to increase when indoor temperature go down. Cooking and showering create moisture inside your RV, and eventually uncontrolled humidity can become a problem. The solution is to use a dehumidifier that will remove the humidity and help circulate the air inside your RV.
If you are staying put for a long time in a cold climate, it is a good idea to scope out local resources such as accessible fuel sources and propane filling options. You also should get RV service and taxi phone numbers in advance. Find out what the local hardware store has for supplies, and the local auto and truck parts stores. In cold temperatures, time is critical.