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RV Camping In The Winter!

Posted by on January 19, 2013

RV Camping In The Winter!

Winter Camping

RV camping in the winter has never been easier. In years past insulation values weren’t what they are today especially in four season RV’s like Dutchmen’s Denali, Infinity and Voltage models, which boast R40 insulation in the roof, floor, top of the slides and nose cap and feature vented roofs.

So here are a few tips to make your RV camping in the winter even more enjoyable.

The key to winter RVing is to “NOT” use the water system, I repeat “DO NOT” use the water system whether your unit is a four season model or not. Why? When you shut of the heater your RV will be frozen solid within hours if not minutes. The second biggest issue that winter RVers may face is the buildup of condensation inside the unit. In a four season unit with dual pain windows and a vented roof, condensation will develop a lot slower than in a summer only unit. Areas of primary condensation concern will include cold surfaces such as single pain windows, and anywhere where the metal frame comes in contact with the interior wall paneling.

A dehumidifier is an excellent idea to cut down on condensation if you plan on extended stays. In fact running the dehumidifier for a couple of days prior to going on a winter trip will help dry the air, pull extra moister out of wooden cabinets and ultimately make your trip that much more comfortable.
When winter camping you’ll also need to take into consideration that your RV will use quite a bit more to keep your RV warm, of course four season insulated RVs will use substantially less propane.

In the southern states when temperatures drop into the single digits above zero, air conditioner heat strips or heat pumps may provide useful options but they have their limits. Here in Canada unless you are on Vancouver Island you’ll be using your furnace for heat.

After a snow fall it’s advised to clean the entire top of a slide prior to closing it. This will keep your seals operating more efficiently. Keep in mind that because the slide has a flat roof, snow won’t just melt and slide off on its own.

The refrigerator shouldn’t require any special consideration, however if it has an ice-maker make sure it’s been disconnected as you don’t want to pull the antifreeze into the system once you turn it on.

If you own a motorized unit a gasoline additive, will prevent the gasoline from becoming stale and causing varnish to form in the system. Make sure everything runs for a while after the additive is poured in, so that it gets into the engines. The genset may have temperature and elevation controls on it, so check your manual for proper settings. Also, the weight of the recommended motor oils may change for cold weather. Again, check your owner’s manuals for recommendations.

So there ya have it – a winter home on wheels – so use it and have fun! Just remember “NO WATER!!!”

*NOTE – If you live in Alberta, B.C. or Saskatchewan we want to thank you for entering our “LIKE” the Sunridge RV Facebook Page and we wish you all the best for this coming years event! Details coming soon!

If you have a question or topic you would like us to write about please email me at frank@sunridgerv.ca. Sunridge RV where we turn outdoor RV adventure dreams into reality!

This article was written by Frank (Lefty Nelson) Moffatt – Frank is a RV Sales Professional at Sunridge RV in Airdrie, AB, Canada

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