Best Advice For Winter Travel In Your RV

October 20, 2015


While summer is typically the most popular time to take trips in your RV, it's certainly not the only time. RV trips in the winter can be just as fun and will help you enjoy your motorhome all year long.

There are several things to keep in mind that will help you protect your RV – and family – during the winter months, however.

Check The Temps

Always know the outside temperature when you're traveling in your RV during winter. If it's going to be below freezing, make sure your vehicle's water system is winterized. This will prevent freezing in the plumbing lines or other parts of the water heater system, which could result in costly repairs.

Park Accordingly

When the weather's cold, you should take care to park accordingly once you reach your destination. That means choosing a spot that will be exposed to the sun for most of the day, and also one that has some sort of windbreak.

Keep The Heat In

Before taking your winter trip, check your vehicle to see where cold air might be able to get in. One of the most common places for this to occur is around the door, where the weather stripping may be worn or deteriorating. Replace the old weather stripping and re-adjust the door. Another important area to check is roof vents and skylights, where heat will escape naturally.

The Heat Is On

You may find that your RV's furnace is not powerful enough to comfortably heat it in colder temperatures. In that case, you may want to consider buying an auxiliary heater.

Generating Electricity

If you're planning to camp at a facility in which you don't have access to an electrical hookup, using a generator is a viable option. If it's a gas generator, make sure you bring plenty of fuel for the trip. For portable generators, direct the exhaust away from the campsite. Not matter what type of generator you use, however, always make sure that exhaust system is in good working order, and that the carbon monoxide detector is working properly.

Using The Facilities

It's still possible to use your RV's bathroom facilities during the winter, but you'll need to take some precautions. Have enough water on hand – in 1-gallon jugs, for example – and use RV antifreeze in the holding tanks if they're not heated. The amount of antifreeze you add will be based on the size of the tanks, and how much is already in the tanks.

If you choose to store your RV over the winter instead, contact Move It Self Storage for options and specials.

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