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Living in your RV in the Winter

Living in an RV during the winter can be challenging, but with proper preparation and maintenance, you can make your experience more comfortable and safe. Here's a guide on what to do if you plan to live in an RV during the winter: 

  • Insulation: 

    • Skirting: Install skirting around the base of the RV to prevent cold air from circulating underneath. This helps in retaining heat. This could be air skirting, foam board, etc.

    • Insulate Windows: Use thermal curtains or window insulating film (reflective insulation) to reduce heat loss through windows.

  • Heating: 

    • Space Heaters: Invest in an energy-efficient electric space heaters or propane heaters to supplement your RV's heating system. If using propane, be sure to follow the instructions carefully. 

    • Maintenance your RV Furnace: Make sure your RV's furnace is in good working condition and is suitable for winter use. 

  • Water System: 

    • Insulate Water Lines: Wrap water pipes with heat tape or foam insulation to prevent freezing. 

    • Use Heated Hose: If you need an external water source, use a heated water hose to prevent water from freezing.

    • Heated Water Tank: Consider using a heated water tank or adding a water tank heater pad. 

  • Propane System: 

    • Check Propane Levels: Ensure you have enough propane to last through the winter. 

    • Insulate Propane Tanks: Consider insulating propane tanks to prevent freezing.

  • Ventilation: 

    • Ventilation Fan: Use a ventilation fan to reduce condensation inside the RV.

    • Vent Covers: Install vent covers to allow for ventilation while preventing drafts. 

  • Condensation Control: 

    • Use Dehumidifiers: Reduce moisture inside the RV by using portable dehumidifiers. 

    • Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation to minimize condensation on windows and walls. 

  • Clothing and Bedding: 

    • Cold-Weather Clothing: Have warm clothing, including thermal layers, hats, gloves, and insulated boots.

    • Cold-Weather Bedding: Use warm blankets and invest in a good-quality cold-weather sleeping bag. 

  • Emergency Preparedness: 

    • Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essentials like food, water, a first aid kit, flashlights, and extra blankets. 

    • Weather Monitoring: Stay informed about the weather conditions in your location by using a weather station.

  • Energy Efficiency: 

    • LED Lighting: Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting to reduce power consumption.

    • Energy-Saving Practices: Practice energy-saving habits, such as turning off lights and appliances when not in use.

  • Stay Connected: 

    • Community: Connect with other RVers in the area for mutual support and advice.

    • Communication: Keep communication devices charged and have a backup power source.

  • Snow Removal: 

    • Roof Snow Removal: Regularly remove snow from the RV roof to prevent excessive weight.

    • Pathways: Keep pathways clear to avoid slips and falls. 

  • Regular Maintenance:  Living in an RV during the winter requires careful planning and attention to detail. Regular maintenance, proper insulation, and staying prepared for unexpected challenges will contribute to a more comfortable and safe winter living experience.

    • Check Seals: Inspect and maintain window and door seals to prevent drafts. 

    • Battery Maintenance: Ensure your RV's battery is in good condition, and consider a winter battery tender.

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