A few more things about cold weather camping
We get it. You want to be “OUT THERE”, even if the weather is a little dicey. And why not? Cold weather camping has a lot going for it…less traffic, quiet camp grounds, beautiful seasonal scenery.
If you just can’t wait, here’s a few things to consider for a safe and comfortable adventure:
Batteries will be tested in the cold temperatures. You’ll need more power to start up, too. If your battery is in it’s “twilight years”, get a new one and/or carry a spare. Also do some maintenance, check levels, clean the terminals, etc.
Don’t forget the tire chains. You never know when and where you might need them…especially in the Colorado mountains!
Fill your propane tank; it’ll help minimize vaporization and condensation issues.
Cover the inside of vents and skylights to keep heat in and cold out.
Throw rugs can work wonders on floors to add insulation. They will also protect your carpet from snow and mud.
Insulate inside of cabinets. You only have to open a cabinet door on an icy morning to know how much cold gets into those areas.
Minimize drafts by installing weather striping around doors before you leave.
Heavy curtains and drops will work wonders to keep out cold air “seep”. Open them when it’s sunny, keep them closed when it’s not.
Before you drive into an area on a dirt road, consider what might happen if you get snow or heavy rain.
Pick sunny camp spots, and look for any natural wind breaks.
A heavy blanket hung between the driving cabin and the living coach will help keep cold air permeating from the windshield of a motor home. Camping supply stores have all kinds of nifty things for this, too.
Watch out parking under branches that might catch a heavy, wet snow and come crashing down on your rig.
Make sure your refrigerator roof vent doesn’t get blocked by snow.
A big, comfy down quilt or a thermal sleeping bag goes a long way on a cold night. Plan for the worst – a deck of cards, an audio book and board games can help pass the time should you get stuck inside. Otherwise take advantage of all that cold weather camping has to offer. Build a campfire during the day for warmth, work up a sweat by snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Build a snow fort. Just remember that you will need extra layers and dry clothes to be comfortable. If you only have one pair of gloves and they get wet, it could mean that you’re inside for a while. Plan accordingly!
You don’t have to have to worry about a frozen water hookup if you just carry water with you for short trips. Otherwise, look for camping areas with electrical hookups and wrap your plumbing in heat tape. Drain the water systems if you are unable to protect the plumbing from freezing and just use the campgrounds restroom facilities. Call ahead and do your research so that you can choose the option that will work best for you and your RV.
Don’t ever forget; CAMP can be a four letter word if you don’t prepare properly…but it definitely can be an enjoyable four season activity!