Common Sense Required for Winter RV Travel


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Most RV owners park their rigs when winter rolls around, simply waiting for spring before they think about dusting everything off and heading out for another trip. However, depending on where you live and where you like to travel, you may be able to enjoy a vacation in your RV even in the winter months. After all, winter has several advantages when it comes to travel, including lower gas prices, less-crowded roads and RV parks, and more.

When it's this bad, you should probably stay home.
When it’s this bad, you should probably stay home.

Beyond the typical items you need for a vacation like plenty of clothes and food, the most important thing you can have in place for winter RV travel is good old-fashioned common sense. The poor weather that usually come in along with the winter season means that you are likely to face more challenges during a winter trip than you would face on a similar vacation in the spring or summer. To execute a winter trip successfully, you will need plenty of the two P’s – patience and preparation.

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Take No Chances

The first rule that you need to understand for camping in the winter is that you should take absolutely no chances with your personal safety, or the safety of others that are traveling with you. That means avoiding any dangerous road conditions or hazard weather conditions that may exist. Pay careful attention to the weather forecasts in advance of your trip, and be willing to cancel the vacation if things take a turn for the worse. Specifically, avoid both snow and below freezing temperatures as they can make it difficult to safely operate an RV. It is challenging enough to drive a regular car when road conditions deteriorate – you don’t want to press your luck by driving a large RV over slippery roadways.

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Think Coastal

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One of the best ways to find moderate weather in the winter is to look toward the coasts. Temperatures near the ocean tend to be warmer than inland temperatures during winter months, so you may be able to avoid snowy or freezing conditions (you should still check forecasts, however). Of course, taking a winter trip to the coast won’t ensure you great weather for the length of your stay, but you might be able to find slightly warmer conditions at least.

Plan Activities Wisely

Many of the activities that you enjoy during a summer RV vacation may not be possible (or enjoyable) during the winter months. For example, hiking and boating are popular pastimes in the summer, but few people will have fun with those activities when the days get short and the temperatures take a dive. Before you depart for any winter destination, be sure you have a clear plan as to what you are going to do when you arrive. Look around for RV parks that are specifically geared toward wintertime fun, and remember that heading south toward warmer temperatures is always an option when the calendar turns to December and beyond.

 

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  1. I camp in the winter in northern Wisconsin. It’s the only time you can have the hole State Park to yourself. We snowshoe and hike. It’s a good time to camp.

  2. We are planning our first winter trip. We live in Western Colorado and the weather will play a big part in when we can leave (mountain passes in every direction). As soon as we get to a lower elevation we plan on staying south (US10) on our way to Western Florida. If anyone has some suggestions or advise we would love to hear about them.

  3. Would you have to skirt the outside bottom of your Rv and possibly put a space heater on low to keep the underside not only warmer but to keep the water storage tanks at a temp where the would not freeze or might it be better to skirt the Rv and wrap and electric blanket or use that electric pipe tape that people use in there homes to keep pipes from freezing. Just a though and if anyone has any experience with this because I would love to see some snow for Christmas, thanks a bunch.

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