How to Protect Your RV (and Yourself) in Cold Temperatures
Texas had it rough recently. Sudden cold weather can leave you at the mercy of what you have, which sometimes isn’t enough.
Especially if you’re living in an RV and find yourself somewhere suddenly chilly, you won’t have a good time if you’re freezing. You can definitely enjoy the snow, but you need to shield your rig (and everyone inside it) before heading out.
Anytime you’re planning on staying in your RV in winter and early spring, keep the following tips in mind to protect yourself and your rig from sudden cold temps.
The Best Tips For Staying Warm in Your RV
Install or Update Insulation
If your insulation is already in place, it’s still worth checking and updating yearly. After all, you don’t want to be on the road when things need a proper fix.
Here’s how to insulate every single part of your RV:
Floors: The easiest way to insulate the floors is to use heavy carpeting to prevent cold air from entering under your rig.
Windows: Inspect the windows for any cracks, and use sealant if there are any. Be sure to look at the seals and replace any that aren’t strongly installed. This will prevent cold air from seeping in. As you’ve noticed, the keyword here is “thick”, so installing thick drapes is a smart choice, as well.
Doors: Install or fix your RV’s access door seal–your weather stripping should fit tightly, again, to prevent the cold air from leaking into the rig.
Underneath: Install or check your RV skirting. Not only can cold air make the air feel frosty inside, but it could freeze and damage water tanks, so be careful.
Check Your Furnace
The furnace is what will keep your rig comfortable and warm all winter. Therefore, making sure it’s in top condition should be your priority.
It should be free from any dust and debris, so give it a thorough cleaning job. It’s also important to check for anything that could be disrupting its air flow, otherwise it won’t work properly and ward off the warmth.
If you can’t make this inspection on your own, it’s recommended that you hire a technician to give you a hand. Don’t hit the road before checking your furnace!
Add Heaters, but Be Careful with Humidity
Extra heat sources, such as small space heaters, are always welcome. However, they can moisturize the air and induce mold, not to mention potential engine issues.
If you choose to add heaters, you can avoid mold and humidity by adding a dehumidifier along with them.
A Handy Item Checklist to Stay Warm in Your RV:
- Lots of layers (avoid bringing only heavy layers, as temperatures may fluctuate)
- Warm socks and gloves
- Snow boots and goggles
- Comfortable and warm sleeping bags
- Extra water and food. Snowstorm emergencies happen!
- Several blankets, preferably wool, cashmere, or fleece
- Ice scrapers
- Blow dryer, in case quick defrosting is needed
Didn’t See It Coming? You Can Always Book a Cottage!
Even though you’ve checked the weather beforehand, it can be unpredictable sometimes. In any event, cold temperatures shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your winter stay. At Quality RV Resorts, we’ll make sure you stay warm all winter long with our cozy amenities at our resorts all over Texas!