When you live somewhere with hot and humid weather most of the year, like Texas, preparing for the winter cold might take some extra guidance. If you’re planning to escape the Houston heat and travel north for the cooler months, you’ll need to know how to stay warm and protect your travel trailer from issues.Most people see RV camping trips as a summer activity, but you can still have a great time seeing the beauty of the mountains in the winter! Here’s a quick guide to winter RV camping. #Camperland Click To Tweet
Are You and Your RV Prepared for Your Winter Camping Trip?
If you’ve had your travel trailer for a long time, chances are you’ll need to reevaluate its winter travel capabilities. Once your RV is prepared, make sure you know what to expect before your journey into the cold. Here are some steps to take to ensure a safe winter camping trip:
- Check the Exterior
- Ensure Proper Insulation
- Keep an Eye on the Weather
- Heat Up the Furnace
- Pack Lots of Layers
- Emergency Supplies and Tools
1) Check the Exterior
Take your RV to a reputable service department to check for leaks and other issues that need to be taken care of before your trip. Even after a quick run-through of your own, you’ll want a professional set of eyes to catch any minor issues that could worsen in the winter.
Pro Tip: At Camperland, we have advanced leak detection technology! Be sure to get your RV inspected before hitting the winter roads.
2) Ensure the Right Insulation
Installing insulation to your RV is an effective and simple solution to keep your camper warm and protect it from damage. Insulation at the base of the camper will block cold winds from damaging the piping and ensure a warm living space. When ice expands in pipes, it causes cracking and potentially for them to burst if they’re not insulated properly.
The engine will need extra protection from the cold as well. RV skirting is a good option for base insulation. Check it’s batteries beforehand and make sure they’re fully charged and connected securely.
3) Keep an Eye on the Weather
Winter weather is somewhat unpredictable and changes pretty fast. Check the weather forecast often and far ahead of your trip departure. Consider rescheduling or picking a different location if it seems likely for a storm and unsafe driving conditions.
4) Heat Up the Furnace
Your RV’s furnace should be checked along with the pre-trip inspection to make sure it’s working properly–you will not want to lose access to this heat source on your winter camping trip! The furnace should be clean from dirt and debris, which you can remove with compressed air or a soft brush. Make sure there’s nothing in the way of the hot air coming through before heating it up.
5) Pack Lots of Layers
A general rule of thumb when packing for winter travels is to prepare for even colder weather than originally expected. You’ll need a breathable insulating base layer to keep your body heat in without overheating, a wide variety of waterproof mid-layers which can be mixed and matched, warm hats and socks, and a thick sleeping bag.
6) Emergency Supplies and Tools
It’s best to have these back-up supplies and tools in case of an emergency situation:
- Waterproof gloves
- Snow boots
- Headlamp and lantern
- Extra propane tanks
- Extra drinking water and food
- Blow dryer (just in case)
Stay Warm While You Camp in the Cold
Remember the importance of safety while adventuring into cold temperatures. Following this guide and other suggested tips from your RV service department will assist you with any issues you might come across.
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