Many people think that when the winter rolls around that they have to forget about using their RVs until the spring arrives. However, that doesn’t need to be the case. Winter RVing can be very exciting. The fun of RVing isn’t limited to Spring, Summer, or Fall. Many enjoy winter RVing just as thoroughly. There are loads of fun recreational activities to do in the winter, including snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and dog sledding. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that RV travel has to stop. Follow this guide to winter RVing to allow the RV travel to continue all year long.
The key to ensuring a successful RV travel experience during the winter is to protect your RV from the harsh elements that are part of the season. The cold temperatures and fierce snows of the winter months can wreak havoc on an RV, so you need to do everything in your power to protect the vehicle when you rent a motorhome for winter RVing.
The first thing to consider when preparing for winter RVing is that your RV will often be exposed to temperatures that are below freezing. If freezing temperatures hit and your RV is not prepared for them, the water in your RV’s engine, the water heating tank or the plumbing lines in the RV could freeze. If this happens, it will lead to an expensive repair job that is an RV mechanic’s dream, but your worst nightmare.
You can avoid the dangers of the freezing temperature’s effects on the water in your RV by preparing it with antifreeze. You will need to spread antifreeze liberally though every area of the RV that has water in it before heading out for any winter RVing excursion. Pour some antifreeze down the toilet to protect the water in the black holding tank from freezing. You should also pour some antifreeze down the shower drain to protect the water in the gray water tank from freezing. Make sure to repeat this process regularly to avoid facing the nightmares of a cracked or burst holding tank that would ruin your winter RV travel adventure.
It is also imperative to keep the holding tanks from filling completely with water while winter RVing. When the holding tanks fill up completely, it greatly increases their chances of freezing over.
Because you will have to winterize the RV to travel with it, it means that you will not have the luxury of getting water from the taps in the RV. This means you need to bring lots of water with you for things like washing dishes, brushing your teeth, drinking and cooking. Most people will find that a five-gallon jug is the perfect size to keep the water stored for all of their daily needs. If you are going on an RV trip that will take you into the wilderness, then it is a good idea to pack an extra five-gallon jug for every day that you are planning to be away from civilization.
You need to know where all the water lines are in your RV. Before doing any winter RVing, make sure to protect all of the exposed water lines in the RV with heat tape to help prevent them from freezing.
When selecting a campsite for RV travel in the winter, it pays to look for one that is exposed to plenty of sunshine for maximum warmth during the day. However, you also will want to find one that has protection from the brutal winter winds (which usually come from the north).
When heading out on a winter RV travel excursion, it is best to camp at an RV site that has electricity available. One of the best ways to ensure that the water systems in the RV don’t freeze over is to hook the RV up to electricity. Once the RV is hooked up to power, it will heat all the water storage tanks on most RV models.
Since winterizing the RV means that you will not have water for showers, it also pays to find an RV park with hot showers while winter RVing. A hot shower feels magnificent on a cold winter day, and it will do wonders for your family’s morale if they can have a daily shower during RV travel.
Follow these tips and your RV travel experience this winter will go off without a hitch. All it takes is a little preparation to make winter RVing a real possibility.