Winter’s invigorating days and sparkling landscapes offer new opportunities for outdoor fun for RV owners. From skiing to snowmobiling, RVers can enjoy their favorite activity and return to the comfort and warmth of today’s centrally heated, thermostatically controlled vehicles.
Here are some helpful tips for cold weather RV usage:
• Check your water system. Some RVs are constructed and insulated so the entire water system can be used, provided that heat is maintained in the unit. Look in your owner’s manual to find out if your unit has this feature and how low the temperature can go before a potential freezing problem may occur.
• If you’re not sure about your vehicle’s capabilities, leave the water system winterized and use a portable water source. Also, remember to add more non-toxic anti-freeze to the holding tanks, as waste water added to the tanks during the trip will dilute the anti-freeze.
• Heating an RV in the winter requires an adequate LP gas supply. LP gas tanks should be full for extended cold-weather trips. RVers should also make sure only propane is used in the tanks, not butane. Butane will not work in temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Winter campers should select a sunny campsite over a shady one, near a wind break if possible. Park with either the front or rear of the RV into the wind. It is wise to make reservations ahead to ensure the campground is open.
• Driving speeds should be kept down on icy roads. RV drivers should frequently cheek the “feel” of the road when no other vehicles are near to determine limits for safe acceleration and braking.
Finally, the best advice is to follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for winterizing the unit and using the vehicle in cold weather.