RV Supplies for Traveling and Camping in the Snow
Camping during the winter comes with its own enjoyable thrills: cold, crisp air; desolate campsites; and untouched wintry wonderlands. While taking your new Class A gas RV or other motorhome out into winter weather can be exciting, there are a few precautions to take, especially with the possibility of snowy terrain and environments. Before you head out for your winter adventure, RVT has provided a list of a few different supplies to take while you travel and camp in the snow this season.
Since windows and doors are a main source of heat loss in your RV, it is helpful to purchase extra sheets and covers to provide further insulation. Install thermal drapes to maintain heat throughout the cabin. Likewise, purchasing vent insulators and skylight covers will also help prevent cold air from entering your RV through your exhaust fans and roof vents. In addition, it is beneficial to cover your AC unit while you camp in the winter. This will prevent snow and debris from entering the unit.
Hoses and Pipes
Heated water hoses will help regulate the water temperature, preventing it from freezing. According to the RV Geeks, Camco Heated Drinking Water Hose, NoFreezeWaterHose, and Valterra Heated Fresh Water Hose are among the top heated water hoses to invest in for the winter. Additionally, since your RV’s pipes will be exposed to the harsh winter elements as you travel in the cold season, heat tape should be applied to your pipes to prevent them from freezing.
Using a space heater is a simple way to heat your Class B RV or other camper during the winter while also minimizing the use of propane. This will save you money in the long run, and certain space heaters possess adjustable thermostats to effectively distribute warm air throughout your RV.
Antifreeze is essential for your engine during the cold season. Though water is an effective way for cooling your engine during the warmer season, a combination of antifreeze and water is crucial for the efficiency of the engine during cold weather. It may also be beneficial to use an engine block heater to provide more protection from snowy climates.
Brush & scraper
A reliable snow brush and ice scraper tool is essential for traveling and camping in the snow. Consider purchasing an extendable brush and ice scraper to get to the hard-to-reach areas on your new Class C motorhome or other RV. If you plan on spending extended periods of time outside your RV, bring your brush and scraper with you in case heavy snow or ice impedes you from entering your RV.
Another essential tool for any snowy environment, a heavy-duty shovel will easily help you dig out of potential snow drifts while camping. As large shovels can take up a bit of space, it is important to make room and keep it in a location in your RV where it is easily accessible.
Traction mats and tire chains
In worst case scenarios, in which your RV is stuck from a massive snow drift, traction mats will quickly save time. Likewise, if you encounter a heavy amount of snow along your journey, you may choose to apply tire chains to improve traction on the road.
A snowy fire pit might be seen as an oxymoron, yet you can still have the enjoyment of sitting around a fire while camping by bringing a portable fireplace. You can purchase affordable models that are very easy to transport.
Double up on the number of sheets, blankets, and comforters you normally use during the prime camping season months. Consider purchasing a heated blanket if it is particularly cold. If you decide to pitch a tent at your snowy campsite, make sure to have thermal sleeping bags that will retain your body heat to provide extra heat as you brave the cold outdoor environment.
If you have extra space, it is beneficial to bring spare, full propane tanks. Prepare for the worst-case scenario – your RV furnace to heat your trailer gets completely depleted. Bringing the extra propane will save you from being stuck in a cold RV surrounded by snow. Though propane tanks can be cumbersome and waste of space, they will be especially useful in dire times.
Don’t let the snow thwart your winter excursion plans. Instead, be prepared by purchasing most or all of these supplies which will better equip you for the perils of winter RVing. If you are ready to purchase a new or used RV, check out RVT.com for new and current listings.
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