Going camping in an RV combines home comfort and outdoor adventure into one experience. Many people like to go on excursions in their RVs during the warmer months, but winter trips can also be enjoyable and unique experiences. However, the cold weather does necessitate some preparation and foresight. With our guide to RV camping in the winter, you’ll be ready to venture out and have fun in no time.
Find Out What Campsites Offer
Different campsites will provide varying amenities for RVers, and this can affect what you need to bring. Check ahead of time to see whether you’ll be able to hook up to an external source of electricity and/or water. If the particular campsite has these hookups, then you can pack a little lighter for your trip. However, if you’re going to camp in a more isolated location that lacks these amenities, prepare by bringing a generator (if your RV doesn’t already have one) and plenty of water. You may also require more electricity than your RV’s original generator can provide; in this case, you’ll have to bring an additional generator to supply you with electricity for the duration of your stay.
You can keep yourself warm during a winter RV journey in a number of ways. Clothing and blankets are useful for preventing you from freezing during the night as well as during the day. Even if you have heating in your RV, you may choose to turn it down or completely off when you sleep in order to save energy. If you choose to go this route, having lots of layers of warm clothes and blankets will keep you cozy.
Most RVs are equipped with furnaces, but sometimes, this may not be enough for your needs. Furnaces can also be a big drain on your propane and electricity. Luckily, several versions of space heaters are available for you to use as supplements, and they’re often more energy-efficient than furnaces. Weigh their different costs and benefits to find the one best suited for you. Some of these heaters use electricity, while others use propane, so look again at what the campsite you’ll be staying at offers. If it has an electrical source, for example, an electric heater might be a better option.
Protect Your Water System
In winter temperatures, the holding tanks and pipes that store and transport water in your RV are susceptible to freezing and even rupturing. This can mean that your water supply is cut off and that your plumbing doesn’t work. Take the necessary precautions to avert this disaster by warming your water holding tanks and pipes with specialized heaters designed just for that purpose. Even if your campsite provides water, keep in mind that your connecting hose can freeze as well. You may consider insulating it or getting an electrically powered, heated hose to ensure this doesn’t happen. Performing this winter maintenance on your RV ahead of time will allow your camping trip to proceed without major problems.