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Tips and Tricks for Cold Weather RVing

Posted On: September 22, 2017

Fall is here and cold weather is near. This doesn’t mean you should end making unforgettable memories with your family and friends in your RV.

Whether you are camping or touring the country by RV, there are a few things you should consider. Some problems you could come across could be frozen pipes, leaking vents, and frigid temperatures. Knowing how to properly care for yourself and the problems with your RV can save you a lot of time and hassle. Follow these 6 steps to hopefully prevent any troubles you may have while enjoying the outdoors.


1. Test the Heating System

Before heading out on your family adventure, it is important to have an RV technician make sure your furnace is in good working condition. Being in a climate with prolonged cold temperatures can cause severe damage especially when you do not have a working heater.


2. Keep the Water Flowing

If you want working plumbing in your RV, it’s important to take care of the components. You need to know where all the water lines are and make sure they are protected by a heat source. A slow drip from each faucet can prevent ice buildup. Opening cabinets in both the kitchen and bathroom will allow heat in those areas as well. You can also apply heat tape to valves and connections that are likely to freeze.


3. Keep Snow Out

Keeping snow out of your RV is very important. One thing you can do is make sure all your vent covers are in good condition. Vent covers are great for ventilating an RV while blocking precipitation from entering and being trapped inside.


4. Control the Air

There are several things you can do to trap heat in an RV and even get warm air into places that heat doesn’t typically collect in. Here are a couple of those tricks: close roof vents, utilize space heaters, and cover floor vents in rooms you are not in. This will help direct air where you want it.


5. Clear the Roof

Snowfall can do the same thing to an RV roof that it does to a house roof. It adds unnecessary weight and causes temperatures to drop scientifically inside the RV. After a heavy snowfall, be sure to clear the roof to prevent ice patches.


6. Pad the Walls

Keep the frigid air out by adding insulation to windows and any other openings you may have. Some ways to stay warm are window and trim film, foam board flooring, and reflective foil. Each of these can help you stay warm without running the furnace. You can also hang drapes from large windows and line your RV with skirting to block heavy winds.


Just because the weather changes does not mean the adventures needs to come to an end. There is still so much to do and see when the weather is cold. Why not visit Island Park in your RV this January or take a tour of Alaska? Life is too short to end RV season when the temperatures drop. So why not enjoy it year-round!


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