Cold Weather Camping: Tips for an Enjoyable Winter RV Trip

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Cold Weather Camping: Tips for an Enjoyable Winter RV Trip

Winter doesn't have to be the end of your RV adventures; in fact, it can be the beginning of a whole new and exciting chapter in your RV journey. Cold-weather camping may require a bit more preparation, but the experience of exploring winter landscapes and enjoying the tranquility of the snowy outdoors can be enriching. In this blog post, we'll provide essential tips for a safe and enjoyable winter RV trip.

Tips For Taking Your RV Out In The Winter

Your RV was a big investment, and it’s only right that you take it for a spin whenever possible. If you live in a warmer state, such as California or Florida, the possibilities are truly endless. But for our Olympia locals, don’t count yourselves out! There are tons of fun things to do in February around town, and a weekend away is just what the doctor ordered for those Winter blues. Some of the possibilities include:

  • Bonfires 
  • Clam digging 
  • Skiing & snowboarding
  • Winter camping (if you’re in Olympia, make sure to check this list for closures)
  • Snow birding season

Below I list some tips for ensuring your RV is up for the adventure.

1. Insulation and Heating:

The key to a comfortable winter RV trip is proper insulation and heating. Ensure your RV is well-insulated to retain warmth and consider adding thermal curtains or window insulators. Check your heating system to ensure it's in optimal condition, and bring along extra blankets for those chilly nights.

2. Water System Maintenance:

Protecting your RV's water system from freezing is crucial during winter camping. Insulate exposed pipes and hoses, and consider using heated water hoses. Keep your water tanks full to prevent freezing, and use non-toxic antifreeze in the holding tanks.

3. Winter-Ready Tires:

Before hitting the winter roads, make sure your RV is equipped with winter-ready tires. These tires provide better traction on icy and snowy surfaces, enhancing your safety while driving in cold conditions.

4. Winterizing Your RV:

If you're not planning to use your RV's plumbing system during the winter trip, consider winterizing it to prevent freezing. This involves draining the water from the system and adding antifreeze to avoid any potential damage.

5. Choose Your Destination Wisely:

Research and choose RV parks or campgrounds that remain open during the winter months. Many national parks and scenic areas offer unique winter beauty, so take advantage of these less crowded destinations.

5. Emergency Preparedness:

Be prepared for unexpected situations by packing an emergency kit. Include items like extra blankets, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, and communication devices. Check the weather forecast regularly and adjust your plans accordingly.

Before You Head Out, Give Us A Shout!

Winter RV trips offer a different perspective on the beauty of nature and a chance to create lasting memories. By following these tips and ensuring your RV is well-maintained, you can have a safe and enjoyable winter camping experience. Embrace the cold weather, explore new destinations, and make the most of your investment in your RV. Please contact Ernie’s Inc. for more information on our services and how we can enhance your RVing experience. We're here to make your RVing journey memorable and easy, so make your appointment online today! Happy winter camping!


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