Winter RVing seems like a nightmare for some, and a dream for others. Depending on where you camp, RV camping in the winter can be a great experience. After all, campgrounds are more sparse, and nature is quiet and serene. To help you, All Valleys RV Storage put together this two-part series with tips for RV camping in the winter. Use them to decide whether to venture out this winter, or store your RV instead.
Start With the Exterior
Simi Valley’s temperate weather means most people can camp all year long with no problem. That being said, some prefer to travel to colder, remote areas. If that’s you, you’ll definitely need these tips. The truth is that you can do winter camping in nearly all RVs, but you may have to take several steps on some to make them genuinely winter-ready. We start with exterior preparation.
Protect the Holding Tanks
Before traveling, empty the gray and black water tanks. Then, add some pink RV antifreeze to each tank to keep them from freezing. Next, insulate the pipes with foam pipe insulation. If you are camping in below-freezing temperatures, especially for an extended period of time, consider electric pipe heaters. However, you’ll need to have access to an electric hook-up or use a generator.
Heat the Fresh Water Hose
If you camp at a site with a water hook-up, think about buying a heated water hose. That way, you run less risk of the pipe freezing, splitting, and bursting. To be effective, ensure all hoses remain off the ground and free from snow. When you leave, make sure you drain all water from the hose before leaving. Finally, remember that AC power is required for the heated water hose.
Seal the Windows
Replace single-pane windows with insulated RV windows, or consider insulated curtains. For that matter, you can add an insulated curtain between the driving and living space. For the cost-conscious, you can purchase insulation film or foam insulation at most home improvement stores, and use that to seal the windows instead.
Other Exterior Considerations
Create a DIY insulation barrier made from insulated foam board cut to fit between the RV frame and the ground. Install them around the entire base to help keep tanks and water lines from freezing. Additionally, you may consider an engine block heater when RV camping in winter in extreme cold. Run the heater for 2-3 hours before starting the engine.
When You Opt For RV Storage Instead
We hope these tips for RV camping in winter have been helpful. Stay tuned for our next article, which will discuss prepping the RV interior for winter camping. Of course, you may decide to camp in Simi Valley or store your RV for the season. On the other hand, you may choose to rent an RV or buy an RV that’s already built for winter camping. Either way, All Valleys RV Storage can help. Call us at (805) 579-6192 to discuss your needs.