10 Tips For Living in Your RV During the Winter Months

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If you’re reading this blog and prepping your RV for winter trips, you’re a true adventurer! RVing in the winter is not for the faint of heart but with a little preparation, you’ll create beautiful memories that can last a lifetime. 

Here are our 10 tips for living in your RV during the winter months to help you stay comfortable.

Our 10 Tips for Winter RV Living

1. Get Cozy with Insulation

Think of it as giving your RV a warm, fuzzy sweater. Start by sealing gaps around windows and doors with weather stripping and hang up some thermal curtains. Don’t forget to insulate those vents and skylights too!

2. Don’t Let Your Plumbing Freeze

Frozen pipes and tanks could mean thousands in repairs. It’s wise to be proactive and use a heated water hose for water service and connect a Freeze Miser to the low point drain to effectively prevent water in pipes from freezing.

In addition, insulate any exposed pipes and keep them toasty with heat tape. This way, you can enjoy a hot shower after a day of playing in the snow.

3. Invest in a Top-Notch Heating System

Time to crank up the heat! Consider a high-efficiency heating system like a propane furnace or an electric heater. Zone heating can save you energy while keeping you comfortable.

4. Battle the Condensation

RVs can get pretty steamy in the winter, leading to unwanted condensation. Fight back with vent fans, dehumidifiers, and the occasional cracked window.

5. Pick the Perfect Winter Campsite

Your choice of campsite can make or break your winter RV adventure. Scout out RV-friendly winter campgrounds, like the Good Shepherd RV Park, with full hook-ups, reliable electricity, and winter amenities. If you’ll only be using your RV for a trip or two, you’ll want to find reliable RV storage units to store your home away from home.

6. Dress the Part

Although you’ll most likely have some sort of heating system in your RV, you can save energy by wearing the right clothing. Invest in quality cold-weather gear like thermal blankets, heated mattress pads, and bedding designed for low temps.

7. Stock Up on Winter Supplies

Winter emergencies can sneak up on you, so make sure you’ve got a well-stocked winter emergency kit. Include essentials like non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, flashlights, and extra blankets.

8. Keep an Eye on Propane Usage

Propane is your lifeline for heating, cooking, and hot water. Be mindful of your propane levels and use it wisely. Consider getting a propane tank gauge to keep tabs on your usage.

9. Regular Maintenance Checks

Before the snow starts falling, give your RV a thorough check-up. Address any potential issues like leaks, worn-out seals, or appliances on the fritz. A well-maintained RV is a reliable RV. Keeping your camper in an RV storage unit will ensure it stays protected from harsh weather.

10. Embrace the Winter RV Lifestyle

Last but not least, savor the joys of winter RV living! It’s a chance to cozy up by the fire, explore snow-covered landscapes, and enjoy the serenity of winter camping. Plus, you’ll have amazing stories to swap around the campfire.

Plan Your Winter RV Adventure

Ready to hit the road for your winter RV adventure? While we can’t promise a winter wonderland, Good Shepherd RV Park is the perfect place for milder temperatures and natural beauty. And if you need to keep your camper here for a while, we have RV storage units to keep your rig safe and sound. Contact us for more information and start planning your winter RV trip today!