Winter camping is not for everyone, but it does seem to be more and more common these days. That makes sense considering newer RVs are designed to take on harsh winter weather. And the fun of camping doesn’t end when winter weather rolls in. There are so many people taking advantage of all the great activities, scenes, and more that come along with winter. If you are eager to take part in camping this winter, here are some ideas and tips to ensure you have a winter camping experience that you will love. Winter camping in your RV will be something that you will want to come each winter.
Failing to plan is planning to fail, and if you are camping in winter weather you need to be certain to have all the supplies you will need for a few weeks of camping. Pack plenty of non-perishable foods and additional gallons of water for drinking as well as using the plumbing.
In freezing temperatures the water lines and holding tank can freeze, which can cause serious and costly damage. You can winterize your RV and still use the toilets by filling them with water that you bring. Adding antifreeze to the holding tank so that it will not freeze as waste water is stored.
Condensation is a given when the outside temperatures are cold and the RV is warm on the inside. A dehumidifier is the best way to prevent condensation.
Insulate and Heat
Insulation can help keep the cold out of your RV. Tape and vent cushions are easy to use and great insulators. To add warmth without running the furnace, you can get heat strips for your AC unit. Those will help heat up your RV but will not work in extremely cold temperatures.
- Find a sunny spot for setup camp.
- If you’re buying a new RV and know you will want to winter camp, look for packages that make winter camping easier.
- Tank heaters can keep your plumbing and tanks from freezing up if you choose not to winterize.
- Make sure any heater you choose is for RV use, and if it is a catalytic heater–create proper ventilation to eliminate the toxic carbon monoxide gas.