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Winter Camping: Insulation and RVs


Winter is officially here! If you’re new to RVing, don’t let the cooler weather scare you off! We have some simple tips for winter camping and insulation for your RVs to keep you cozy on your travels.

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Keep Warm RVing in the Winter


Whether you’re a first-time RVer or an RV vet who’s trying winter camping for the first time, you need to be prepared when winter camping. Here are a few non-invasive solutions that will help improve your RV insulation and keep you warmer on your next adventure.

  1. Draft Stoppers: Use draft stoppers to block cold air from entering under doors and windows. You can easily find or make these by using insulating materials. Place them at the base of doors and windows to prevent cold drafts from sneaking in.
  2. Thermal Curtains: Invest in thermal curtains or heavy drapes for windows. These curtains provide an additional layer of insulation and help to keep warmth inside the RV. Close them during the night and when the temperature drops to create a barrier against the cold.
  3. Rug Layering: A simple solution but placing rugs or carpets on the floor to add an extra layer of insulation and can make a big difference. Cold air tends to come up through the floor, and having rugs can help trap some of that cold air. Additionally, they provide a warmer and more comfortable surface for your feet.
  4. Reflective Window Covers: Reflective window covers are an effective way to keep heat inside during the winter. You can purchase reflective window covers or make your own using reflective material like foil. Place them on the inside of windows during the night to retain heat and remove them during the day to let sunlight in.
  5. Space Heater and Electric Blankets: Use portable electric heaters and electric blankets to provide targeted warmth in specific areas. This allows you to heat the space you’re currently using without having to warm the entire RV. Make sure to follow safety guidelines when using space heaters, and never leave them unattended.


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More Tips for Winter RVing:

  • Keep the important components warm with a canvas skirt that snaps into place, covering the exposed underbelly of your rig. Owners can purchase these through most RV dealers.
  • Close any leaks or drafts. Have a sticky window? You’re going to want to fix it before pulling out of the driveway in the winter.
  • Don’t let your water freeze! You can either keep your plumbing above freezing at all times and use antifreeze in your gray and black water. Alternatively, you could choose to go dry all winter and bring bottled water with you.
  • Park your RV so the windows can soak up the sun during the day. Such a simple trick!
  • Keep the interior dry to prevent excessive condensation when you blast the heat, which could lead to mould.
  • Make sure you’ve packed all your essential winter gear.
  • Don’t forget to have fun in the winter wildhood! Being active outside is a great way to stay warm in the chilly weather.


Which RV is Best for Winter Camping?

Looking to purchase an RV and have winter camping in mind? Wondering which RV is best for winter adventures?

Well, it all depends on your overall needs and preferences and it’s best to connect with your local dealer who will be able to provide valuable insight and expertise. There are four-season RVs that are designed to be used throughout the year, and some RV models have winter packages as an option. These will typically include features such as extra insulation, heated tanks, upgraded furnace systems, and double-pane windows.

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