Camper in Winter

Using Your Camper in The Winter

The wonderful winter wonderland certainly sounds like a magical vacation for many. However, using your camper in the snow also presents extra considerations to be made and precautions to take.

The most important thing you can do to prepare for using your camper in the winter is to do your research. Learn where all the plumbing is located in your camper. Research your route and destination before you leave and be ready for the possible difficulties.

Read your campers owner’s manual and talk with other campers who have taken their camper to a winter wonderland before. Chances are, they’ve learned a few lessons the hard way, and can help to prevent you from doing the same.

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Camping in the winter can be a great experience. But it is not without its challenges.  Here are a few tips.

Winterize Your RV.

This is a much greater challenge than you might think. Most campers are not designed to handle below-freezing temperatures.

Learn where all the pipes are on your camper. The most common problem campers have in below freezing temperatures is busted pipes. There are several measures you can take to protect your pipes and tanks, it just depends on your situation and the type of camper you have.

Practical ways to winterize your camper is to tighten up any place cold air could get in.

  • Seal the windows,
  • Put a curtain in front of the door, and
  • Insulate ceiling vents.

You will likely need a dehumidifier in your camper.

Plan Your Route and Stay.

Will you have access to running water at your destination? Some campsites that offer running water during the summer, do not offer running water in the winter. You should also check electricity access and on-site facilities.

It’s also a good idea to stay tuned to the weather. Have a plan for any unexpected winter storms.

Have Safety Supplies on Hand.

If your winter wonderland is in a remote location, be prepared for emergencies. Keep a battery-powered radio on hand, for emergencies only. Keep a well stocked first aid kit on hand to handle any injuries. You may also take your fellow campers in to consideration. Do any of them have specific medical needs?

Install a working CO detector. In your efforts to keep warm in your camper, be careful to watch for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. A few common symptoms are headaches, dizziness, weakness, and an upset stomach.