Recreational vehicles offer great comfort on the road. They enable you to roam freely through the countryside and to take everything essential with you on your trip. To keep the RV experience fun, stress-free, safe, and warm during the winter months, you need to take some measures. This article will give you useful guidelines and life-hacks, with which you can prepare your RV for the cold months.
First, you should ensure your RV’s insulation is adequate. The windows, the floor and the ventilation, have to be additionally insulated to make sure the warmth stays in the RV and your heating costs remain in your pocket. Covering the windows with plastic wraps and foam insulation boards will help greatly with keeping the warmth inside. When you add to that heavy thermal curtains and keep your shades closed, your windows will be sufficiently insulated. But, if during the day, the sun shines onto your windows, open them up again so the sun can heat the RV.
The floor can be additionally insulated with heavy rugs. Under your RV is cold earth and air. To keep the cold air from crawling into your RV a thick carpet will be of excellent service. Further, it is advisable to attach an RV skirt to your RV. This way the underside of the RV will be protected from the cold which will hugely prevent heat-loss through the floor. RV skirts can be attached with either heavy duty Velcro or a zipper slice. Over-vent covers will prevent any warmth escaping through the ventilation units and making them airtight when closed with self-made foam gaskets, will seal them correctly.
The next things you should take good care of are the pipe insulations and the water tanks. Ensure you cover all pipes in your RV with pipe insulation. You don’t want to work on a burst pipe in freezing temperatures. An outside water line can cause problems too. The uninsulated cold water coming from the water line can damage your connections. Your freshwater tank, if used daily, will not pose a problem. But if you don’t use fresh water daily, consider emptying the tank and use bottled water instead. This way you can use clean water when needed without worrying about a frozen tank. For your grey and black water tanks, use antifreeze to prevent them from freezing. You can also add a windshield cleaner to the black water tank after emptying it.
The furnace will be your primary source of heating in your RV. But since it is running on propane, the heavy usage of the furnace can get costly. A great way to supplement the furnace and reduce propane usage is adding electric space heaters to your RV. They come in all size and shapes, but the small ones are mostly sufficient enough to keep your RV warm. Also, when you use your oven, you can turn down your furnace and use the excess heat of the stove to heat the interior. Leave the oven open after you bake or cook something and you will not need as much fuel as without.
One, often overlooked, necessity is a dehumidifier. If you have insulated your RV correctly and you start heating it, the humidity will build up inside your RV. It is essential to use a dehumidifier, or else the moisture in the air will freeze on your windows. In addition to all of that, you can increase the comfort in your RV by using electric blankets. They will keep you cozy and warm and will further reduce the need for heating. You can also sleep in sleeping bags to ensure you stay warm throughout the night.