Just because Winter is right around the corner doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to put the RV in storage, or even head south. Of course, there are a variety of things that you are going to have to consider when planning to RV in Winter conditions. The most obvious would be preparing for the freezing temperatures. Any outside hoses that are exposed are going to have to be covered. A frozen water hose will certainly make for a bad vacation, not just because it interferes with water flow, but also because it can cause expensive damage. To combat the effect of freezing temperatures wrap your water hose in aluminum foil and seal it with insulated heat wrap tape. The aluminum foil will conduct the heat from the heat tape. You’ll then want to use foam tubing to wrap around the hose, foil and heat tape. Remember that you are also going to want to insulate the city water outlet as well.
During winter RVing you’re going to need to insulate any components that are exposed to the elements. When it doubt, wrap it up. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
As for your grey water tank, the most important thing you are going to want to keep in mind when hooked up to the drainage, is that the grey water flow is down hill. If not, you risk the chance of having your sewer line freeze. Of course, you are going to have to use your head, if it gets too cold you are probably going to want to close your grey water valve closed until the temperature climbs above freezing.
Here’s a little trick to keep your water compartment a little warmer. Simply install a 60 to 100 watt heating lamp in the compartment and turn it on. Do not use a space heater as that can cause a fire.
This is a great video that explains in detail some of the tips we covered above. There are also some good tips on keeping mice out of your RV too, which can be an issue in the winter as they are looking for food and shelter. Just a little added bonus.
Of course, there are other things to consider while RVing in the winter such as navigating icy conditions and even cleaning snow off of your roof. However, RVing in the winter can be just as rewarding as any other RV season. The most important thing is heading out prepared and with a positive attitude.
If you have any other questions about winter RVing or just want to talk about the RV lifestyle give Fun Town RV a call and we can help makeyour Winter RV dreams come true.
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