Hitting the Road This Winter? Prepare Your RV for a Snowy Road Trip.

Hitting the Road This Winter? Prepare Your RV for a Snowy Road Trip.

Who says vacations only happen in the summer? Heading out on the open road in your RV during the winter can be a great way to experience a new kind of adventure. Whether you’re heading down South for warmer weather, or want to experience the white stuff in a new and exciting way, check out these useful tips for preparing your RV for a winter road trip.

Seal Up the Openings

Just as you probably seal the windows of your home each winter, you should do the same with your RV, even if you’re taking it on the road. Cold air can easily make its way inside, so make sure to heavily insulate the stairwell and entry door as well.

As far as windows, there are different options for insulation, ranging from thick, heavy curtains to bubble wrap, or even foam boards. It’s a fine line between function and fashion, so you have to decide what matters more to you at that point.

Heat Things Up

Space heaters are definitely your friend when it comes to traveling through the winter in an RV. There are a wide variety of heaters you can choose from, depending on your budget, individual needs, and how intensive you’d like your installation of that heater to be. Keep in mind that running the heater should factor into your budget. A propane heater is always a great choice, because it won’t use up electricity. However, it should absolutely be installed by a professional.

Protect Your Engine

If possible, find a fuel designed specifically for winter. Yes, there are winter-blend fuels available specifically for road-trippers like yourself! Additionally, if you have a diesel engine, add a Diesel anti-gel solution, and run the generator for awhile to get the supplement going through the fuel lines. This will help to prevent things from freezing up on you!


If you’re going to be traveling through, or camping in extreme temperatures, it’s absolutely imperative that you skirt your RV. To go one step further, you may even want to put a small electric space heater inside the skirt, to make sure things stay warm. When the temperature dips below zero, skirting can protect pipes from freezing and bursting. If you’re in a snowy area, you can even create a sort of ‘igloo’ around the skirt, by surrounding the perimeter with tightly packed snow. Surprisingly enough, if you get a tight seal on the snow, it will keep things a lot warmer than just skirting alone.

Winterizing Your RV

If you’re choosing not to travel this winter, it’s still a good idea to get your RV winterized, so it’ll be in top shape for the Spring season. If you decide to head out on the open road, keep these tips in mind, and don’t forget to prepare yourself for little ‘extras,’ like an ice scraper, shovel, and winter windshield fluid! Stay warm out there, and enjoy the crystal clear beauty that winter has to offer across the country.

Jan 12th 2018

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