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Winter RV travelPlanning to take an RV trip this winter? Maybe you want to take a trip over the holidays. Going on a holiday sightseeing trip in your RV is a great way to see some of the seasonal traditions that take place. Maybe you want to take an RV trip after the holiday rush. You don't even have to stick to warm climates either. When the weather allows, winter is still a great time to check out places you have never seen or places you’ve only been to in the summer months. The key for enjoying winter or holiday travel is to be sure you have the right RV accessories for the winter weather.

The main thing to keep in mind is the RV's plumbing system. If it has already been winterized, you'll have to bring along separate drinking water, as well as make use of the campground's bathroom and shower facilities. If it has not, you'll need to take steps to keep the pipes from freezing. Using skirts around the RV will help keep the undercarriage insulated, just don't put them over exhaust vents. Small electric heaters can be used underneath and for the black, gray, and fresh water tanks to keep them from freezing. Make sure any pipes that are exposed to the outside are well insulated. As for the engine, there are formulas you can use to keep the windshield washer fluid from freezing. You may want to have a heated drinking water hose, as long is it isn't stored with water inside. Keep cabinets that house water lines open, so the surrounding heat can get at the pipes.

The other major factor having enough heat and retaining it. You'll need to make sure you have enough propane for any generators and gas powered heaters as well as the furnace. Using electrical heaters saves on gas and generates less moisture. Gas powered heaters should be used with an open vent to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. Using a dehumidifier is a great way to reduce moisture in the air, whether it is electric or not. Another way is to open a vent or window slightly. Cover any gaps around doors or windows, as well as the stairwell, to keep out drafts.

Besides those two main factors, there are other things to remember as well. Make sure you have access to current weather forecasts, so you can plan accordingly in the event of an upcoming snowstorm. You should have tire chains with you for severe weather, especially if your route takes you through mountainous terrain. Tires need to be in good condition for traveling in the snow, and check the tire pressure. Keep in mind cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop. You'll also need some of the same things you keep in your car in the winter, such as a snow brush and ice scraper. A shovel in case you need to dig out, and pads to keep jacks from touching the ground are beneficial as well. Wintertime RV travel doesn't allow for as much spontaneity, so make sure the campground you wish to stay at is open during the winter.

Tips for Winter Travel in Your RV