Tips for RVing in the Winter
If you plan on RVing in the winter, you get the perks of bright snow and beautiful forests. However, keeping your RV suitable for the winter can be difficult and driving during the winter can be dangerous. Here are some tips for RVing in the cold weather of winter!
*Please note – winters in the Northwest can be very frigid and harsh. While these tips may get you through a single weekend of mild winter weather, outlasting the duration of the season or a harsh storm in an RV may require more preparations. Please contact your local Bretz RV and Marine with questions regarding winter camping, and be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather. Use caution when traveling in the winter.
Be Sure Your RV Is Insulated
RVs are nice as they keep you away from the elements outside, but it can still get very cold without proper insulation. Make sure the seals and caulking around the windows are strong and have the stripping around exterior doors replaced if necessary. Using foam board flooring can help insulate the RV floor, but heavy rugs and carpets can do the job as well. Installing RV skirting around the base of the RV can block the cold winds from damaging things like water tanks and chilling the interior. Most of these materials can remain installed year-round and once put in, requires little maintenance. Do you plan on RVing this winter? Bring your RV to Bretz RV and Marine, and our RV service techs and parts/accessories associates can help you make sure your RV is ready for the road and for camp!
Take Care of Your Engine
Your RV’s engine may be the most important part of the vehicle, so keeping it safe during the winter is essential. Make sure to check your RV batteries for any signs of corrosion or damage and make sure they are fully charged and connected properly. Having a full charge during the winter is crucial as partly charged batteries are more likely to freeze or completely die in cold winter weather. Another thing to check is your engine’s antifreeze level. Making sure to use at least 50% antifreeze along with water will keep your engine from freezing. Do you have questions about your RV’s batteries or engine? Need antifreeze for the winter? Stop by Bretz RV and Marine today! Our Parts Department has antifreeze for customers to purchase, and you can set up an appointment with our service techs to make sure your batteries and engine are ready to roll!
Protect Your RV Plumbing
Plumbing in your RV is very vulnerable during the cold months of the year. Ice build-up in pipes and hoses can cause them to crack or burst if improperly insulated. Freeze-ups are common in RVs during the winter, but there are a few tips to keep that from occurring. Putting heat tape on pipes and hoses will keep the lines warm and prevent freezing. Allowing a small drip from faucets can combat freezing as it keeps water moving. A space heater also keeps you and all of your plumbing warm while inside. Please note – winters in the Northwest can be very frigid and harsh. While these tips may get you through a single weekend of mild winter weather, outlasting the duration of the season or a harsh storm in an RV may require more preparations. Please contact your local Bretz RV and Marine with questions regarding winter camping, and be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
You may feel safe from the elements while inside your RV, but that isn’t always the case. Knowing what to pack to stay warm, yet comfortable is important. Pack clothing that will wick away moisture, but also provide sufficient warmth. Pack some fleece and wool clothing as well as waterproof items that can be worn over non-water resistant clothing items. A lot of body heat escapes through the head and feet, so keeping them warm and dry is important. A nice warm beanie and some wool socks are fantastic for the winter. Bringing extra clothes and blankets is a good idea as well since there’s a chance of these items getting wet during the winter. Other great items to consider bringing are sleeping bags, waterproof gloves, snow boots, goggles, hand/toe warmers and a headlamp or lantern. For your RV, bringing tire chains will help avoid any accidents on the road. Extra propane tanks are a great idea as well.
Check the Weather Report
RVing in the winter can be dangerous so checking the weather conditions before heading out is a necessity. Winter storms cause unsafe driving conditions, so keep your RV off the road during these times. Things like black ice can form on the roads, which can lead to possible accidents. Bad weather can lead to campgrounds, parks, trails, or other attractions to close down. Check in on these before heading out too! Remember, when in doubt, stay safe and don’t go out. Mountain weather is unpredictable and can be harsh – plan and prepare accordingly.
Keep Your Gas Tank Full
Cold weather can cause ice crystals to form in your gas tank if there is space for condensation to linger. Keeping your gas tank at least half full will help prevent these crystals from forming as condensation is less likely to come about when there is more gas in the tank.
Are you looking for an RV for this winter season? If so, then check out Bretz RV and Marine! With a wide selection of both new and pre-owned RVs, you will surely find the perfect RV for your next adventure! For more information, check out our website, give us a call at 833-BRETZRV, or stop by any of our four locations!
2999 Old Hardin Rd, Billings, MT 59101
4800 Grant Creek Rd, Missoula, MT 59808
4180 Broadway Ave #5301, Boise, ID 83705
1608 Industrial Rd, Nampa, ID 83687
*Bretz RV and Marnie is not responsible for winter preparedness, accidents, etc. by our audience. When in doubt, stay safe and don’t go out. Have you decided to wait until warmer weather to take out the RV? Contact your local Bretz RV and Marine to learn about our storage and winterizing options!