…but it can be warm in your RV, thanks to these tips!
There’s no reason that your RV needs to remain in storage until the Spring. If you
follow a few tips, you’ll be able to enjoy camping during the cold months, too!
First, know that you need the correct mindset. Mentally prepare yourself because as you look down the road and see blowing snow and icy roads, you’ll certainly think you’re about to freeze to death in your RV. We tense our muscles when our mind thinks “cold”…tricking our brain into thinking we’re uncomfortable. Likewise, if we think warm, we will feel better! It’s all in the mind – so think FUN!
But if that little lecture isn’t enough, try these tips:
Insulate the Windows AND the Floors.
Add rugs and thermal curtains to keep heat trapped inside. You can also cover windows with bubble wrap or foam insulation boards when the sun is down or it’s cloudy outside. Then remove those coverings when the sun starts to shine.
Keep it Dry.
Vents are essential in an RV, but in the winter you can experience condensation. Use a vent cover and/or a dehumidifier to keep the inside of your RV dry.
Smaller Might be Better.
It’s easier – and cheaper – to heat a small space. But if you have a big rig – there’s something to be said for body heat…bring along some friends!
Sleeping Bags Rule!
Even though sleeping bags are meant for under the stars or in a tent, they work great in your camper. And, you’ll also be able to take your nice, warm bed with you in the morning when you drink your coffee or in the evening while you’re reading or watching a movie.
Bake a cake.
Turn on your stove or oven and make some hot, tasty treats. It’s a win-win situation! Even after the baking is done, leave the oven door open and it will continue to warm up the space. Also, know that eating food high in fat takes longer to digest and gives you a feeling of warmth.
Instead of hiding under a blanket and regretting your decision to try winter camping, get up and get going!
Put on a skirt!
An RV skirt will protect the under carriage of your rig from excess cold and wind, reducing internal heat loss. There are also mini-skirts to wrap around slide-outs.
With the right solar panels, you can run an electric space heater if you need supplemental heat. (It also will power your electric blanket and coffee maker!) But if you’re at a campsite with electric hookups, you probably don’t need this expense. Opt for the flexible monocrystalline panels that conform to the curves of your RV unlike raised panels. You won’t need to drill holes in your rig and they are also more aerodynamic.