The colder weather often means that people stop camping and opt for the Southern hemisphere for vacations. However, those with recreational vehicles can still benefit from the amount of amazing scenery in the United States but there are a few things that you will need to do to make sure that your vehicle is winter ready.
The majority of motor homes has the plumbing on the outside of them, so this needs to be fully insulated and ready for the cold. The problem with plumbing is that it is required to make the RV usable, especially for the toilet and sinks. The water running through the pipes will freeze and you need to avoid that.
It is relatively easy to stop the pipes from freezing and also affordable. All you need is some insulating pipe and tape. It will work best if you buy heat tape for this and have some spare, along with the insulation, just in case you lose some along your journey. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry.
It is not just the pipes that you will need to think about. There are many parts to a plumbing system, including the dump valves and the heating tank. Some motor homes come with these on the outside, which means they will also need to be protected from the cold. You can purchase heating pads from many vehicle stores, which are a great investment for winter camping.
Another factor that you will need to consider is your spare tire. Most people will never think about their 5th wheel until it comes to using it. The problem is that the tread is often low and they will only last for a small number of miles – to get you to a garage. You will need to make sure that your spare tire is ready to use and will get you exactly where you need to. It is also a good idea to check on your main four tires. These need to have good tread to avoid needing to rely on the spare wheel.
You will benefit by being prepared for anything. By being in the wilderness, you will be less likely to come across people who can help you so you need to have anything you could possibly need. This includes some rope to pull yourself out of a ditch and extra oil. Chains are also a good idea for the tires.
Finally, you want to make the inside of the recreational vehicles as warm as possible. There are a few options that you have for this, without having to spend more money on gas to run it. Insulate your windows with normal insulation tape. This will stop the draft coming through during the night and will also make your drive quieter. Also, take a thick blanket to hang up behind the driver’s compartment to keep your heat from escaping through the windscreen.