Winter RVing: 7 Tips to Keep You Cozy on the Road
Winter RVing can be an exciting adventure, offering unique experiences and breathtaking views. However, staying warm when the temperatures drop can be a challenge. But fear not, fellow travelers! In this blog post, we'll share seven essential tips to ensure you stay snug and comfortable during your winter RVing escapades.
1. See to Your Windows
One of the most crucial aspects of winter RVing is proper insulation. And like in a brick-and-mortar residence, one of the greatest vulnerabilities to overall insulation in your rig could be the windows. Start with routine maintenance every year to block any potential drafts by keeping all exterior seals in good condition as well as interior window shades which will help decrease unwanted energy transfer and stabilize interior temperatures. And don’t forget windshield shades to cover some of the biggest windows on many RVs.
2. Layer Up
Just like dressing yourself in layers keeps you warm, the same principle applies to your RV. Layering your RV's bedding with cozy blankets and thermal sheets will help trap heat and keep you toasty throughout the night.
3. Optimize Your Heating System
Ensure your RV's heating system is in top-notch condition before hitting the road in winter. If you have a propane furnace, have it serviced by a professional to ensure it's working efficiently. You can also supplement your primary heating system with electric heaters, but always practice caution and never leave them unattended. Additionally, select models of Coleman-Mach air conditioners can be outfitted with an electric heat element for mild winter weather that doesn’t require the full force of your RV furnace.
4. Don’t Put Off Replacements
It can be tempting to push your current furnace or water heater to its end, not replacing a unit until it breaks down completely. But considering the necessity of heating systems in the winter, a breakdown can be more than just an inconvenience, it can be a trip-killing incident with real-world safety issues especially when temperatures are freezing. So be aware of the signs that you may need a furnace replacement or new water heater and never put off addressing issues that arise with your heating systems during the winter months.
5. Prep your Pipes
Frozen pipes can be a nightmare, a costly, time-consuming nightmare; but there are ways to prevent them. Check with the manufacturer of your water heater and coach for best practices when winterizing your water system.
6. Embrace the Power of Hot Beverages
Nothing beats a steaming cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa on a cold winter's day. Stock up on your favorite warm beverages and cozy up by the fire or RV window with a blanket. Not only will these drinks warm your insides, but they'll also help create a cozy atmosphere.
7. Plan Your Routes and Destinations Carefully
When winter RVing, it's important to choose your routes and destinations wisely. Opt for areas that have milder winter climates and fewer chances of extreme weather conditions. Check weather forecasts regularly and be flexible with your plans to avoid severe winter storms. Also remember that it’s not just weather conditions that can halt a winter road trip, altitude can also affect critical heating systems in your RV if they’re not high altitude rated like the Gen1 from Aqua-Hot (rated up to 15,000 feet).
Winter RVing can be an exhilarating experience, provided you take the necessary precautions to stay warm and cozy on the road. By covering your windows, layering up, optimizing your heating system, updating your heating components, prepping your pipes, enjoying hot beverages, and carefully planning your routes, you'll be well-prepared for a memorable winter adventure. So, embrace the beauty of the snowy landscapes, stay warm, and enjoy the wonders of winter RVing to the fullest!