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Winter camping – you’re guaranteed some tough times, fighting the battle for preservation even in a $200,000 motorhome. But the solitude alone is worth it. The untouched scenery ain’t bad, either, especially if an afternoon snowshoeing excursion is in the game plan. However, tackling Mother Nature at her blustery worst isn’t for everyone. Source
We lived comfortably in a large 5th wheel RV for 2 years and in a motorhome through one winter.
Both times, there was plenty of snow and temperatures dropped down to well below zero.
The Most Important Things You Can Do:
- You’ll need to have more than just your RV furnace as a source of heat. You’ll find yourself going through a lot of propane if you rely on forced air heat alone.
- Protecting your water and sewer lines is a must if you plan on using your kitchen and bathroom. Some RVers opt to keep a faucet or two slightly open since moving water is less likely to freeze.
- If you minimize your hot water usage you can conserve some fuel.
- Leave RV cabinet doors open to allow the interior heat to reach the pipes that are buried in the walls. In addition, keeping your various tanks full makes them harder to freeze.
- A dehumidifier can help regulate the moisture levels inside your RV. This is especially handy if you begin to find sheets of ice on your walls or ceiling.
- To prevent excess moisture inside your RV, leave at least one roof vent slightly open (about 1/2-inch) at all times.
- Anything you can do to reduce drafts and add extra insulation (including your overhead roof vents) will go a long way in keeping you comfortable.
- Using electric blankets can help keep you cozy and warm too.
What better excuse to snuggle up to each other than to have a cold winter night with the wind howling and the snow falling? A little romance can make winter RV camping just as much fun as in the summer!
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I’ve been involved in RVing for over 50 years — including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs and motorhomes. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller… you’ve got a good idea of who I am. To date, I've shared my RV knowledge in over 300 articles here at The Fun Times Guide!