Winter RVing Tips

Winter RVing looks like a magical experience in the spectacular photos I’ve seen on Instagram over the past few weeks. (Thank you polar vortex.) However, the comments under some of those photos reveal the challenges of RVing in the winter.

I’m a Floridian and the prospect of RVing in the snow is very exciting. Curt doesn’t share my enthusiasm… yet. Thanks to many nomads who’ve pioneered cold weather RVing, there are plenty of tips to help us stay warm and keep our rigs working properly on a winter RV trip. 

Even if you don’t plan on driving or camping in the snow, you might get caught in an unexpected winter storm. One tip that I’ve seen over and over again during my research is all RVers need to have the right tools and supplies onboard in case of inclement weather.

DRIVING IN SNOW

Although traveling in the winter might not be your cup of tea, it’s helpful to know that you can safely drive an RV in snowy and icy conditions should the need arise.

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  • Use a Rapid Jack for easy installation on RVs with dual wheels. 
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PREPARING RV WATER SYSTEM FOR WINTER

One option for protecting your RV water system against cold-weather damage is winterizing it and using only campground toilets, sinks and showers. You would also need to store plenty of drinking water in your RV.

Click here to download the Winterizing RV Checklist by Drive to RV.

If you’re boondocking when a severe winter storm hits, you should expect your plumbing to freeze and prepare for that. Fill up a tub or bucket, Brita and/or Berkey water filter with fresh water. Then, turn off your water pump, open all faucets, and flush your toilet until all water is flushed out. Once it warms up, you should be able to turn on your water pump and use the water system without any issues.

To keep your water running and prevent damage to your RV plumbing while you’re hooked up at a campground, you need to retain heat under your rig and around piping and hoses that are located outside. Here are some tips for keeping your RV water system components warm and operational.

KEEPING THE COLD OUT

Preventing the cold from entering your RV is important for you and your rig! Follow the steps below to keep drafts to a minimum.

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STAYING WARM, DRY & COMFORTABLE

You should be able to stay warm and dry inside of your RV during the winter. The following measures will keep you comfortable in your home on wheels throughout most winter storms.

Condensation

PREVENTING MOISTURE

Now, all that heat in one confined space can lead to humidity and condensation, which can cause mold in your RV. Steps you can take to prevent or remove moisture are:

  • Remove the bathroom vent insulator when you take a shower.
  • Cook meals that don’t produce moisture.
  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Place moisture absorbers like DampRid in each area of your RV.

It sounds like winter RVing can be tons of fun with some planning and preparation. It’s also apparent that staying warm in your rig on chilly winter mornings and cold evenings makes all the difference between having a wonderful time and wishing you were in a sticks-n-bricks.

Do you have any tips for staying warm in an RV during the winter?

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