Winter is here! But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a trip and enjoy the beauty of Canada. With your RV leading the way, you will be able to explore the country in the safety of your own vehicle. But is it safe to take a winter adventure with your RV?
The answer: yes, of course it is!
The temperatures might be low, and the days are shorter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy RV travelling in the wintertime. All it takes is some preparation, and you’re good to go. Here is how you go about having a safe and fun winter trip in your RV:
6 Preparation Tips For Your RV
Keeping Your RV Warm By Adding A RV Skirt
While your RV comes with protection and thermal packages to ensure that it is protected in the cold, that doesn’t mean you won’t feel the freezing temperatures. Despite these additions, it’s still not enough for sub-zero temperatures. You will require additional protection to ensure that your RV is warm and protected for the trip. That’s why it is advisable to add an RV skirt.
RV skirting is a useful addition to your RV that can be super beneficial for you during winter (as well as save you plenty of money). The skirting will protect the battery bays, the plumbing, and other essential components by keeping them warm and safe from the winter cold. At the same time, it will keep the heat in your RV, ensuring you’re comfortable and secure.
Insulate Your RV
Despite your best efforts, your RV will lose a lot of heat through your windows and doors. It is just the way that they are designed, so you will have to take extra steps to insulate your RV:
- Tighten the insulation around the doors
- Check window seals and re-caulk where needed
- Seal off ceiling vents by installing RV vent cushions
- Install foam insulation boards
- Install bubble insulation
- Line your windows with heavy-weight thermal curtains
Couple the additional insulation tips above with the RV skirting and your RV is well-protected and insulated for winter.
Prepare Your Water System
Frozen water in your holding tank or plumbing line is a major problem and one you don’t want to face when you’re travelling the country. Don’t take the risk by driving around with a half-empty tank or a water-only tank. Clear out your container and pour half a jug of RV antifreeze down the drain, and throughout the rest of your pipes. The antifreeze will help lubricate your plumbing and your tank valves, so you have no problems at all.
Test Your Furnace
Make sure that you test the furnace in your RV before departing. It is going to provide you with all the warmth you need throughout the cold trips, so you need it to be working. Clean it out and get it checked by a professional to make sure that it is working as it should be.
If you do not plan to use your furnace, then bring a portable electrical heater with you. Portable electric space heaters can make a real difference in staying warm, especially during the cold nights.
Be Wary Of Humidity
Be aware that interior heat and moisture from your breath and heater will create a high amount of condensation in your RV. It can be damaging and will cause you some problems with keeping warm. Getting an electric dehumidifier can help absorb moisture, remove dampness from the air, and prevent corrosion, mold and mildew.
Additional Emergency Items
While all the above points will help you when it comes to your RV winter trip, you should always plan for the worst. Here is what you should bring with you:
- Tire chains
- Several litres of drinking water in heated storage space
- Gasoline-powered generator
- Solar charging panels are suitable for re-charging house batteries
- Extra blankets, coats and layers
- A blow dryer to defrost pipes and tanks
- Emergency GPS system
By following these tips, you will be able to prepare your RV for your winter adventure. The earlier you get the items, like the RV skirting, emergency items, and foam insulation boards, and the earlier you test your systems, the better you will be prepared for your trip! Start the work today!
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