3 Tips for Winter RVing

3 Tips for Winter RVing

Believe it or not, the weather outside will soon turn “frightful” in many parts of the country. The holidays are just around the corner, which means snow and ice are soon to follow.

If you consider yourself a snowbird, you might already have plans to head down south for the winter. But, if you don’t want to give up RVing, even when it’s cold outside, you don’t necessarily have to!

We’ve got a few tips for winter RVing that can make a big difference in your safety and comfort. So, if you want to hit the road this winter, keep reading.

1. Make Sure Your RV is Properly Insulated

If you’ve never installed RV insulation, now is the time to do it. If you did years ago, now could be the time to upgrade.

Start at the base of the RV to block out cold winds. Insulating the base will also help to protect your pipes. Then, you can move to sealing the windows and doors, as well as to the flooring. If you don’t want to invest in insulation this year, there are shortcuts you can take for nearly every section. That includes putting heavy drapes over the windows and thick rugs on the floor.

2. Protect the Plumbing

If there’s one thing to focus on during the winter, it’s your RV’s plumbing. The last thing you want is for your pipes or hoses to freeze. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to protect your plumbing and avoid disaster, including:

  • Using heat tape on your pipes
  • Installing a space heater to keep your pipes warm
  • Using the internal water tank instead of external
  • Adding a small amount of antifreeze to your holding tanks

If you want your plumbing to work properly all winter, utilizing at least one of these tips will make a big difference.

3. Check Your Furnace Now

Before the weather gets too cold, it’s a good idea to check your RV’s furnace to make sure it’s working properly. That’s not something you need to do by yourself, especially if you plan on camping where it’s cold.

Getting your furance checked out by an RV technician will always be your best bet, no matter how handy you are. On your own, however, you can do things like checking the vents for visible damage. You can also help it run more efficiently by using a soft brush to remove any debris or built-up dirt.

There are plenty of additional ways to keep your RV warm all winter long. Cover your AC unit to prevent drafts. Install vent covers. Put skirting around the base of your rig.

While these are all simple tips, they can make a big difference. Not only are they important for keeping you and your passengers warm all winter, but they’ll keep your RV protected from cold-weather elements. If you’re not winterizing and storing away your rig for the season, keep these winter prep ideas in mind to ensure it stays in top shape all year long. 

Nov 9th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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