15340 I-45 SOUTH | CONROE, TX 77384
936.273.5777

How to Prepare Your RV for Winter Living

If you plan to go camping during winter, it’s vital to learn how to prepare an RV for winter living. Most campgrounds are usually open at this time, allowing you to enjoy the crisp cold air and a peaceful landscape. Keep reading to learn more about RV living in the winter months.

As the temperature begins to drop, you’ll want to prepare your RV for winter travels. Here are some ways to keep your RV warm! #Camperland Click To Tweet

How should you prepare your RV for winter travels? 

The fact that the temperatures are low doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy your RV trips during winter. All you should do is assemble all the essentials you’ll need to beat the extreme cold weather. So, what are the must-have accessories?

Here are some of the essentials to make your trip easier during winter. 

  1. Exterior
  2. Holding Tanks
  3. Water Pump
  4. Windows
  5. Ceiling Vents
  6. Furnace
  7. Engine Block Heater

1) Exterior

Before going for cold-weather RVing, ensure that your RV’s exterior is well-insulated to protect yourself from the cold. Re-caulk worn-out window seals and check if the weather stripping on the entry doors are in good condition. You can also add an insulating foam at the base of your RV above the cold ground to insulate water lines and tanks.

2) Holding Tanks

Empty the gray and black water tanks in your RV and add a quart of special antifreeze (Pink) to protect the RV’s dump valves from freezing. Also, consider insulating the pipes that drain into the tanks using foam pipe insulation. If you’ll camp in below the freezing temperatures for a long period of time, install electric pipe heaters in the RV.

3) Water Pump

You also need to insulate your RV water pump to prevent it from shutting off during the trip. If located in an insulated external storage area, consider adding a small space heater to protect it from freezing. Otherwise, you may end up with no water.

4) Windows 

Install insulated windows on your RV before hitting the road during winter. Alternatively, you can use insulated curtains to keep the RV’s interior warm. Remember to close them at night to trap in some warm air. Thankfully, some motorhomes have insulated curtains separating the living space from the cockpit to reduce the amount of space to get heated.

Pro Tip: The best and most cost-effective way to insulate your RV windows is by covering them on the inside using foil-backed foam insulation. Besides, it’s light and easy to cut.

5) Ceiling Vents

Warm air can escape from an RV through the skylights and roof vents. So, you need to seal off these spaces by pushing up RV vent cushions into position. Thankfully, the vent covers fit securely into several standard-size vents. You can also create custom-size cushions using a thick foam padding.

6) Furnace

Ensure that the RV furnace is in good working condition before hitting the road in the cold winter. Clean its surface area using a soft brush or compressed air to remove any trapped debris, dust, and insect. If the RV has only the heat pump and heat fins, add a heat source to warm the motorhome when the temperatures drop significantly.

7) Engine Block Heater

If you plan to camp in a freezing environment for an extended period, you need to install an engine block heater in your RV. Have it on for no less than three hours before starting the RV engine. If your RV uses a diesel engine, consider plugging in the block heater before the temperature drops too low to -15°C.

Staying Warm This Winter in Your RV 

Now that you know how to prepare RV for winter living, you can quickly install and pack all the accessories you’ll need for camping during winters. Make sure you follow all the tips and ideas discussed in this guide to add fun to your winter RV living.

Contact us to learn more about accessories for RV living during the winter.