If you've read our most recent blogs, we have been sharing some of the best tips on cold weather RV camping in the fall. As the temperature continues to drop and the amount of daylight is getting shorter, MWSS, Inc. wants to continue to inform you on the best practices to use while preparing for seasonal camping trips. Winter can be the most challenging yet rewarding season to RV camp during. From isolate campgrounds with numerous parking availability to beautiful scenery of snow covering the ground. It is best to break down the necessary winter changes you need to make to your RV from the outside and work your way inside.
The outside of your RV is the most important shield between you and the cold outdoors. It is crucial to properly prepare it any harsh winter conditions that you could experience during a winter camping trip. To start, check the window seals of your RV to see if there are any cracks or openings and seal those so that no air can come through. Second, inspect the weather stripping on all exterior doors, as this is a source for cold air to sneak through if there are holes. For extra protection from cold temperatures and winter weather, we suggest installing foam board insulation, that can be purchased at most hardware stores, to encase water lines, tanks, and the floor of your RV.
Without the right amount of exterior care, your RV will not be able to withstand harsh weather conditions that winter can bring like snow and ice. In order to prevent damage and emergencies during an actual camping trip, it is better to prepare beforehand. As an RV owner, we know it is your first priority to keep your family safe and that starts with the exterior of your RV.
After you make any necessary changes to the exterior of your RV or camper, it is time to move inside. Sticking with the topic of sealing, if your RV has roof vents or skylights, it is necessary to seal them with vent cushions to prevent heat from leaking out. Holding tanks are such a vital component to your RV that make RV camping possible. They hold all 3 types of water you need: clean drinking water, secondary water for showering and cleaning dishes, and septic water. To keep your tanks from freezing, add RV antifreeze, which is different from regular antifreeze for your average car. Also, insulate the pipes that drain into the holding tanks with foam insulation.
A consideration our expert team at MWSS, Inc. recommends is swapping your fresh water hose with a heated water hose to avoid bursting or freezing pipes. One of the major sources of heat in your RV is the furnace. Make sure to keep the area surrounding your furnace clean and clear of debris, dust, and other items. Another source of heat that you can use for the ultimate level of coziness is space heaters. Especially during frigid, below-freezing temperatures, space heaters will keep your RV warm and comfy no matter the weather outside.
If your RV requires propane to heat it, one tank will likely only last a couple days. To stay prepared, make sure there is a station nearby where you can fill up your tank or bring a few to last you the duration of your trip.
Our last tip for a successful winter RV camping trip is to always check the weather! The last thing you want is to accidentally get caught in a snow or ice storm while on your camping trip. Prepping for an RV camping trip in winter can seem intense but proper measures beforehand can save you time and money in the long-run.
If you are in need of any updates to your RV appliances or electronics before your next winter camping trip, contact MWSS, Inc. here to stay well-equipped for winter. You can download our RV Winterizing Checklist here to prep your RV for winter camping as soon as possible!