In the middle of November, brutal winter weather descended on the US, with all 50 states
recording freezing temperatures (including the nighttime temperatures on top of a dormant volcano in Hawaii).
But cold winter weather doesn't have to keep you from enjoying your RV, as long as you make the right preparations. When it comes to
RV parts and other supplies, the following are five tips to consider:
1) Using a Dehumidifier
There might be a lot of condensation in the warm RV, gathering on various colder surfaces such as windows. A dehumidifier can help keep you more comfortably dry.
The Eva-Dry High Capacity Dehumidifier is perfect for the smaller, enclosed spaces that you would find in an RV. Using Water Glass Technology, it can take in 8-10 oz of moisture before it needs regeneration. The EH-500F in particular also comes with fragrance cartridges to provide a fresh scent.
2) Checking the State of Your Hoses
It's best to have a high-quality sewer hose, as hoses made from cheaper material are liable to crack in the cold weather. The Camco Rhino Flex is a heavy-duty hose that is made with 23 mils of polyolefin. It is also reinforced with steel wire to further add to its durability. Once it is set up, it can retain its shape until it is ready to be put away. The Rhino Flex kit comes with two sewer hoses as well as pre-attached fittings. As for your freshwater hose, this could also easily freeze in cold weather when hooked up externally; fill up your freshwater tank and don't leave the hose connected.
Make sure all your hoses are in good condition before using them
3) Preventing an Iced Up Water System
Even if you choose not to go out with your RV during the winter, you'll want to make sure the plumbing systems don't freeze up. Ice in the water system can lead to burst pipes and damaged tanks. Using anti-freeze such as Camco Arctic Ban can minimize that risk.
Small, safe space heaters can be implemented while the RV is in use to help ensure that key water and sewer components, as well as any key plumbing lines have sufficient warm air around them; pipe insulation might also decrease the chances of frozen plumbing. In some circumstances, a space heater can also be useful to help keep you warm in a more cost-effective way than relying on the RV's furnace. In you are unsure about the best way to use space heaters for your needs, consult with experts about the type of heaters you might want to have and where to put them.
4) Choosing the Right Diesel
There are special diesels for winter, or additives to the diesel you generally use in warmer weather; you need these to help keep the diesel from starting to gel and solidify.
5) Stocking up on Ice and Snow Supplies
You may need some of the same supplies you use at home or for your car. This can include a shovel for snow in case you need to dig yourself out, as well as a brush or ice scraper to clear the windows. Pads can keep the RV jacks from freezing to the ground.
Don't hesitate to
contact us about preparing for your RV winter travels. Traveling in cold weather does have its challenges, but it's doable and can be very enjoyable.
By Julie T
RV Winter Travel Tips