A cold climate RV trip involves more planning and consideration than a summer road trip. Winter weather can cause more wear and tear to your vehicle and there may be dangerous driving conditions. Keep these tips in mind when packing for cold weather RVing.
Check the Weather Forecast
The first thing to do when planning your RV trip during the colder months of the year is to check the weather forecast frequently during the weeks leading up to your trip. You’ll want to know if a blizzard is predicted in the area and just how cold the temperature is expected to be. Also, bring an exterior/interior thermometer and put the exterior sensor in a storage bay.
Supplies for Cold Weather RVing
Stock up on extra supplies for maintaining your RV and helping it run smoothly in colder conditions:
- Add RV antifreeze to holding tanks.
- Add diesel fuel supplement to fuel tank.
- Fill the LP tank and check its supply throughout the trip.
- Add heat tape to water lines and hoses.
- Use a ceramic heater or tank heating pads if you have electricity available.
- Add special wiper fluid for winter.
- Have de-icing fluid, a windshield scraper, a shovel, roof vent covers, and tire chains on hand.
Staying Warm in Your RV
Packing for cold weather RVing is important so you stay warm and cozy throughout your trip. Pack sleeping bags that are rated for low temperatures and plenty of warm clothes like hats, gloves, jackets, sweaters, and flannel pajamas. With plenty of winter gear and LP for your furnace, you will stay comfortable and safe while cold weather RVing.
Safety for Cold Weather RVing
Have working smoke, CO, and LP detectors and make sure they’re equipped with fresh batteries. Also, keep a new ABC rated fire extinguisher accessible in the kitchen area.
Pacific RV Inspections provides RV inspection services to the Pacific Northwest. Contact us if you are planning a winter RV trip.