Just because colder days are upon us doesn’t mean your RV adventuring needs to end. There are plenty of ways to camp with an RV during cold weather; you just need to be sure to prepare yourself before you hit the road. From insulating and upgrading your RV interior to packing warmer gear and heaters, here are some cold-weather camping essentials to keep in mind. Don’t forget, camping in the winter does require more items than camping during warmer months, so be sure to pack appropriately and allocate space in your RV for more blankets, sleeping bags, and heating implements.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to get an RV tune-up before you hit the road, no matter what the weather forecast says, so be sure to head over to Good Sense RV to prep your vehicle before setting off on your next cold-weather adventure.
When it comes to preparing your RV for colder weather, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, though in this case, by “prevention,” we mean “insulation.” Updating your RV’s insulation may seem expensive at first, but it pays off in cold and warmer months, as it keeps cool air inside during hot weather and heat inside during colder weather.
First, think about insulating the windows and doors of your RV. If there are apparent gaps or cracks around these areas, they can let in cold air, turning your home away from home into a walk-in freezer. You can also invest in window coverings or reflective foil to help keep the heat in and the cold out. Another way to seal in the heat is to cover your RV walls with thick drapes or blankets, as these act like an added layer of insulation to keep your RV cozy. Using this method, you can also section off areas of your RV, making it easier to heat one room of your RV.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of heat is lost via your RV’s roof. Adding insulated foam board flooring can improve the heat retention of your RV. If you’re not ready to commit to new flooring, area rugs are a great way to stop air from flowing through the floor of your RV. It would be best if you also looked into RV skirting, which can help keep your pipes and water tank from freezing and help insulate your entire RV, as it stops air from coming under your RV and freezing the interior of your vehicle.
Also, be sure to check the heating elements of your RV ahead of time. If you’re planning on using an electric space heater, follow all instructions, and choose one that’s the appropriate size for your RV. After all, the last thing you want is to run an electric heater in an enclosed space that’s too small for it, as this can lead to overheating and potential fire hazards depending on the heater.
Packing for Cold Weather Camping
Packing added blankets, sleeping backs rated for colder weather, and foam mattress pads can all help you conserve heat while on the road. Next, choose a breathable underlayer from something that dries quickly regarding clothing. While picking cotton as your underlayer is tempting, you’re better off choosing something more breathable that dries faster.
Remember, when dealing with cold temperatures, it’s always easier to take a layer off than to add a layer when you’re adventuring away from your RV. Pack plenty of mid-layer items, waterproof coats, and the like. You’ll want to have things made of fleece, wool, and other heat-retaining items to help keep your core heat from escaping. Of course, investing in a secure outer layer that is waterproof and helps keep you safe from the elements is also essential.
Finally, pack several pairs of socks, and wear them! Double layering your socks is a great way to ensure your feet stay warm while hiking in the winter, and bringing a spare pair of socks with you can help save you from soggy feet. Of course, your feet will only stay warm if you invest in good boots, so be sure to find a pair of boots that are waterproof and insulated, as these are a must-have in cold weather. Of course, hats, gloves, and scarves are also a necessary investment, as well as warm blankets and hand warmers.
You should also pack any emergency equipment you may need in the winter, including ice melt, cat litter, and a snow shovel. While cat litter may sound like an odd choice, you can use it to provide grip under your tires, allowing you to pull your RV out of a slippery situation if the need arises. Tire chains are also a significant investment, as are extra propane tanks, other food and drinking water, and a blow dryer to help thaw out any pipes should the need arise.
You should also check the batteries in any emergency devices in your vehicle, as cold weather makes batteries drain faster and can cause functionality issues. Be sure to pack lighting sources like headlamps and lanterns, as the sun sets much faster at night.
Tips to Conserve RV Heat While Camping
While this is an obvious tip, parking your RV somewhere that gets the most sun while also being away from the wind can do wonders for conserving heat. Also, clear off any snow that accumulates on the roof of your vehicle, as this may damage your RV and make things colder.
Another thing to remember is that the less often you open the doors, the more heat stays in your RV. So plan your trips in and out of the RV, and don’t leave doors open longer than you need to. Also, don’t be afraid to bundle up in the RV. Although it may be tempting to try and keep your RV at hot temperatures at the same time, it’s more efficient for you to run your heat lower while wearing a sweater or two, so you lose less heat overall and burn less fuel.
If you’re planning on heading out on a cold-weather adventure, stop by Good Sense RV. We offer RV tune-ups to ensure your RV is in tip-top shape before hitting the road. If you’re interested in purchasing a new RV, come check out our options; we have plenty of great RVs available on the lot that are sure to please. So whether you’re heading somewhere warmer for the winter or are looking for some winter fun, we have everything you need for a successful RV camping adventure, no matter how low the thermometer drops.