RVing in the wintertime isn’t for everyone. In fact, many RVers consider it to be a seasonal activity and choose to store their RVs through the cold months. However, if you’re someone who enjoys sparkling snow, peaceful woods, and quiet campgrounds, winter RVing might be for you. Don’t let cold weather scare you away from making more camping memories this winter! Instead, prepare yourself with this cold weather guide from your friends at Indiana RV Rental and Sales.
Installing insulation is one of the best and simplest ways to keep a camper warm in the winter. Consider the following:
- Windows and doors: Examine the seals and caulking around your RV windows, and replace any areas that are missing or weak. Replace weather stripping around exterior doors to prevent cold air or moisture from seeping in.
- Heavy curtains: Thick fabric drapes block cold drafts around windows and keep in the warm air during chilly evenings. Also, insulated curtains can be used to separate the cockpit and living space, so you have a smaller area to heat.
- Insulate floors: Foam board flooring can be used to insulate the RV floor. But, if you prefer not to purchase foam board flooring, heavy rugs or carpets can also help block cold air that may come up from outside.
Protect PlumbingFreeze-ups are a common challenge for winter RV camping, and can lead to plumbing damage. When ice expands in pipes and hoses, it can cause them to crack or burst if they’re not properly insulated. Wrap your freshwater and sewer hoses with heat strips to keep the lines warm and prevent freezing. Open your bathroom and kitchen cabinets, so your trailer’s heating can keep your internal plumbing warm. And finally, only dump tanks when they are full to reduce the risk of freezing, and always keep waste valves closed when not in use.
When temperatures drop in the evening, staying warm in your RV is even more important. In addition to our previous tips, be sure you clear away any snow that accumulates on the roof of your camper, and always park in the sun. The suns rays will melt the snow and naturally heat the inside of your camper. However, if you do have to park in a shaded or windy area, position your RV so the wind hits the front of the RV rather than the sides.
If you’re feeling brave enough to go on an RV adventure this winter, be sure to choose Indiana RV Rental and Sales. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent an RV, we’d love to help you explore our inventory in Peru, Indiana. Contact us today at (260) 571-2436.