CSRA Camperland Augusta Blog
- 0 0Published on Nov 06, 2015
As you prepare to take your RV into a winter wonderland, remember to ask yourself these three questions: How big is my RV? How insulated is it? How cold will it be at our campsite? Keeping warm can’t be taken seriously enough during the winter months. Here are 8 essential products you will find yourself needing as you plan for your camping adventures in winter wonderland.
Just as you would at any house, it is important to check your RV for any cracks or spaces where cold air could potentially enter. It’s best to do this preventatively rather than waiting until it’s already become an issue. The most notorious area for cold air to creep in is around the door frames. Keep out the unwelcomed winds by updating your weather stripping. Check around your door and window frames sooner rather than later to ensure that your RV is ready to brave the storms.
Another potential problem area is around the vents. Every RV has a built in skylight or vent, and since hot air rises these can be a discretely letting the warm air escape while letting cold air in. Vent cushions are the answer to this problem. These thick pillow-like cushions fit right into your skylight or vent and keep the warm air in while simultaneously keeping the cold air out. This is a must-have for your winter camping experiences.
The one RV issue that most dread is the pumping process. While dumping/pumping is not a glamorous task, it is necessary and therefore manageable. What is not manageable, however, is having ice dams in your dump pumps because you didn’t prepare ahead of time. This issue is easily avoidable with the help of RV specific antifreeze. Please note that regular car antifreeze will not work in this instance. Pour some of this antifreeze into your dump tank to prevent the liquids and waste from freezing and potentially destroying your valve pumps.
In the event that you don’t have dual pane windows, insulated curtains are a great way to save some money and still keep warm. While dual pane windows would be ideal, the instalation and expenses are not exactly minor undertakings. Insulated curtains will help keep the cold air out and the warm air in during the chilly months. These curtains can also be used to section off parts of your RV that don't need to be heated. Less space to heat means less propane used!
Because you never know what type of weather might roll in, it is important to pack tire chains in the event that you get snowed-in at your campsite. While you most likely won’t find yourself in a situation where you need these, it is much better to be safe than sorry in your RV during the winter months. Some additional equipment you might want to keep handy includes: a shovel for shoveling away snow from under your tires and an ice-scraper so that you don’t have to waste water to defrost the windshield. Again, it's smart to hope for the best and prepare for the worst when it comes to winter camping.
A serious risk that RVers run in the winter months is losing water access because of frozen hoses. This is not only inconvenient, but can be dangerous if you find yourself stuck in a snowstorm. Investing in a no freeze water hose will ensure that you have water access all winter long. The average longevity of no freeze water hoses is over 4 years, which makes the price tag seem a little less daunting. Don’t get caught in a dangerous situation because you didn’t plan ahead, invest in one of these cold-weather-ready water hoses!
If you’re planning to brave the storms, it would be wise to consider investing in an additional heat source. Furnaces and portable space heaters are a great option for keeping you and your RV warm this winter. Be sure to crack a window to keep air ventilation running throughout the cabin. This certainly beats piling on the blankets!
Are you ready to brave the winter winds this season? Come visit us at CSRA and let us help you get ready for whatever Mother Nature sends our way!