Many people use winter to pack up their RV and go camping. Traveling around in your RV gives you a break from buzzing warmer conditions and gives you a chance to enjoy the beautiful snowy environment. You may plan to visit your favorite ski resort or pull out your snowmobile for recreational fun. It’s recommended that you plan ahead before your vacation. Here’s a guide to help you winterize your RV and enjoy a great experience.
Install Proper Insulation
Installing insulation is essential to keeping your RV warm throughout the winter. Proper RV insulation protects the RV by blocking cold winter winds from damaging pipes and causing heat to leave your RV.
Install new stripping around the doors to prevent cold air from coming in. Replace worn-out seals and secure caulking around the windows. Installing window coverings will provide extra insulation. It’s also recommended that you insulate the RV floor to restrict cold air from coming up. Heavy drapes prevent drafts from flowing around the windows and living space. Installing RV skirting is also recommended because it can prevent your water tanks from freezing. Try to perform maintenance on your RV at least a few weeks before departure.
RV engines need to be winterized to withstand the elements. It’s recommended that you check your battery to see any signs of damage or dirt buildup. Your battery should be fully charged, as batteries die quickly in cold temperatures. It’s also important to refill your antifreeze. If traveling through an icy climate, consider installing an engine block heater. Block heaters stimulate your engine before you start it. Also, it’s recommended that you contact your RV insurance agent to see if you have emergency roadside assistance in your policy. This allows you to receive urgent attention if you have a flat tire, your battery dies, or some other type of emergency.
Having your pipes freeze up while camping is a nightmare. Ice expands during extreme temperatures and causes pipes to crack or burst if they aren’t insulated properly. Consider utilizing heat strips to prevent your pipes and hoses from freezing. Adding foam around the area also provides extra protection. Try to keep your kitchen cabinet stimulated to prevent freezing. Using the internal freshwater tank as your primary water source can also help avoid damage from occurring. Pouring a small dose of antifreeze into the tank can prevent your valves from freezing. It’s recommended that you dump your tanks once they are full to reduce the likelihood of them freezing.
Check Your Furnace
Examine your furnace to ensure that it is in optimal working condition. Your RV insurance agent may recommend that you have a furnace inspected by an RV repair technician. You can clean excess build-up around your furnace with a soft brush. Blocked furnace vents may cause internal and external damage. It’s also recommended to install a dehumidifier to prevent excess moisture and mold from causing problems.