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How to Prepare Your RV For a Winter Road Trip

When you imagine a road trip, you may picture a hot summer vacation. However, winter vacations can be just as enjoyable with the proper preparations. The days are short and the temperatures are cooler, but many campsites are still open. This combination sets the perfect scene for a private holiday vacation. And in Texas, these can be some of the most enjoyable days of the year.

A Perfect Winter RV Trip

When school is out for the Christmas break, what better time to take a family road trip? Driving an RV across the country in the winter is a great way to spend quality time with your family, exploring the open road. Even if you have just purchased a new RV from the lot, there are some steps you need to take to prepare for your winter road trip.

Are you planning a winter road trip? Use these tips to ensure that your RV is thoroughly prepared for any winter weather.

Inspect the Exterior

In order to stay warm, cold drafts need to stay out of your RV. Check the windows for any leaks and fill them with caulk where needed. Check the weather stripping on doors and replace if necessary.

Keep the Cold Out

Often times, it can feel much colder near windows in an RV. This can be a problem, especially if you’re sleeping near a window.

Pro Tip: You can hang up insulated curtains or foil-backed foam insulation on windows to ensure the cold weather stays outside.

Tire Chains

Tire chains aren’t just a necessity for driving in snowy weather. In many states, it’s illegal to drive without tire chains on icy roads. RV tires need special chains specifically designed for them. Hopefully, you won’t need to use the chains, but it won’t hurt to travel with them as a precaution.

Emergency Kits

When traveling in an RV, regardless of the season, you should always have a first-aid kit and additional supplies in case of an emergency. Some supplies that you want to make sure you always have are:

  • Supplementary non-perishable food
  • At least 5 gallons of extra water
  • A weather band radio
  • Emergency GPS
  • Spare propane tanks
  • A supplementary cash stash

You should have additional resources for the cold weather such as:

  • Extra blankets
  • Thermal sleeping bags
  • A gas-powered generator
  • A blow dryer
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Gloves

Check the Weather

Keep an eye on the radar on the days leading up to your trip. Make sure no extreme temperatures or blizzards are expected. Also, call the campsite before leaving to double-check that they are still open.

A Safe Winter Trip

You want to make sure you and your loved ones are safe, secure, and comfortable on your winter road trip by following the above guidelines. It’s always better to be safe (and warm!) than sorry.

Contact Us to learn more about how to prepare your RV for an upcoming winter road trip or how to know if your RV needs an inspection before you go.