Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Staying Warm While RVing in the Winter

This winter started off pretty mild, but has since become unusually cold and snowy. This change of events may have caused some serious headaches for people that already planned a winter trip in their RVs. If you are still committed to taking your trip, then you should know the steps that you need to take to keep yourself warm. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind.

Winterize Your Water System

One of the biggest risks that you will face is that your water tank or septic system can freeze. This can lead to very expensive, messy problems if they rupture, so make sure that it is winterized before taking a trip. You will need to cover the inside vents with vinyl and detach your hose from the RV connection when it isn’t in use.
You should also add antifreeze to your tanks if you are going to be in cold weather for extended periods of time. The Family Motor Coach Association has guidelines on how much to use based on the size of your tank and other factors.

Insulate Your Windows

Your windows will be one of your primary sources of heat loss, so try to insulate them as much as possible. You can retrofit them as long as they aren’t dual pane. You can also easily add some thick curtains to insulate the windows of a puma unleashed toy hauler.

Seal Your Ceiling Vents and Skylights

Your ceiling is the second most likely place for heat to escape. You will need to make sure that your ceiling vents and skylights have vent cushions over them to minimize heat loss. You can minimize micro gaps that create drafts by creating custom sized cushions out of foam pads.

Isolate Your Refrigerator from the Outside

Refrigerators in RVs use hydrogen gas, distilled water and ammonia. These substances can turn gluttonous if they are exposed to freezing temperatures for excessive periods of time. You will want to make sure that the outside refrigerator access cover is removed to keep it from freezing.

Bring Plenty of Layers

In spite of all the precautions that you have taken, you might find yourself in a situation where your RV breaks down briefly. You don’t know how long your propane heaters will last until you can receive assistance. Hopefully, this won’t happen, but it is always important to prepare for the worst. Make sure that you have plenty of thick blankets and warm clothing to prepare for this possibility.

Prepare for a Harsh Winter

Many parts of the country have become unusually cold this year. Areas of the country that were planning for an early spring are encountering frigid temperatures and thick snow later than usual. You will need to be prepared for these challenges if you are planning a winter RV trip. Fortunately, you will be much more comfortable on your trip if you take the necessary precautions!   

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