Tips for Winter RV Road Trips

Tips for Winter RV Road Trips

Visiting the warmer parts of the country is the go-to when planning a winter trip, while others love to feel the crunchy snow under their boots. Hitting the popular skiing spots in a conventional manner can take a huge toll on your pocket, which is why winter RV camping is becoming more popular than ever. If you’d love to enjoy the snowy mountaintops and peaceful campsites this winter, here are some tips that will help you to organize the most wonderful winter RV trip.

Follow the forecast religiously

Having your weather app on you seems like a very obvious tip, but even the most experienced campers forget about it sometimes. Having the most accurate forecast will help you prepare for the trip to the best of your abilities. For example, if heavy rain is expected in the area, you’ll know to bring protective tarps to cover your vehicle, but if it’s snowing shovels are a necessity. 

Prepare your RV for the cold

After you’ve found out the exact weather conditions you’ll endure during your trip, the next order of business is to get your RV ready for them. Firstly, if you don’t want to freeze. Insulating your camper vehicle is a must. An RV skirt will provide the needed protection from the outside cold but in order to heat up the inside invest in the best diesel heater on the market. We recommend getting one of Webasto’s heaters which are sure to keep you warm even in the coldest of nights. Also, don’t forget to cozy up your place with some rugs and blankets. While providing some extra comfort, they will also add a much needed homey atmosphere to your camper.

Insulate your windows

Cold air can come through your camper’s windows which can be particularly annoying if you sleep near the windows. To avoid being deathly cold in your bed, cover your windows with shades. The downside is that you won’t be able to watch the sunrise from your RV’s bed, but at least you’ll be warm enough to enjoy the rest of the day.

Protect your plumbing

Now that you’ve made sure you don’t turn to ice in the cold hours of the night, it’s time to make sure your RV doesn’t do the same. When there’s some water in your RV’s piping, it can freeze which can lead to some unfortunate events. Dealing with cracked pipes probably isn’t your idea of a winter adventure.

To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, get a heat tape. Wrap it around your camper’s water hose and connect it to a power source to heat it up. The warmth from the tape will make sure the water doesn’t turn to ice. Alternatively, you can keep your tap open during the night. Still water freezes faster than moving water, so if the water’s running all night long, the likelihood of it icing up is lower. 

Contact the campsites

Before you embark on your winter road trip you have to see whether you’ll have a campsite place available for your camper. Unfortunately, a lot of campsites don’t work all year long and close shop during the coldest months. This is why it’s crucial to check with the campsite management whether they’re open and accepting guests. It would be a shame to drive for days and to be forced to immediately go home just because the campsite works nine months of the year.

Get winter tires

This goes without saying – if you plan on driving in the winter conditions make sure you have the appropriate tires installed. Winter tires have a substantially harder grip on the road compared to summer ones. Also, don’t forget to pack snow chains which are a must for icy roads. Of course, you have to be especially careful when driving in the winter conditions, particularly during the night.

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