Being based in San Diego, it’s often hard for us at Wholesale Warranties to remember that the rest of the country isn’t enjoying the same warm temperatures as we are throughout the winter months! What we do know is that taking care of your RV is a top priority, and we recommend that you put extra care into this task while the temperatures are low. Staying updated on regular maintenance items in your RV makes a huge difference in the longevity of the coach, lowering your chances of maintenance-related failures or falling victim to accidents such as RV fires.
Before hurrying to de-winterize your RV, make sure to take precautions to combat pesky winter weather, and you’ll be ready for spring in no time!
1. Protect Your Bottom
Your RV’s bottom, that is. You may have to get a little crafty, but the end result of a safe RV is more than worth it. It is key to insulate the bottom of your vehicle, which can be done in a variety of ways. Gather some lumber and insulation, and attach the materials to the bottom of your coach for much-needed insulation. In addition to this, consider skirting the rig, to keep out cold breezes that can and will come up through your floors. For skirting, you can go with one of two options: inexpensive with more labor, or expensive and less work. If taking the inexpensive route, easily add foam insulation or plywood around the exterior, and for a long term investment with less labor, consider going with a professional RV skirt. For more information on RV skirting, click here. The choice is yours, and whatever you do, keep the cold out!
2. Insulate the Interior
Just as if you were trying to keep out zombies, look around your rig for any possible spots where the cold can get in and the heat can escape. Windows are important areas, as well as any seams or vents that could possibly be vulnerable to outside conditions. Just remember to leaving at least one area open for air circulation. If you’re able to make a trip to the store, purchase different insulation materials such as foam or window insulator to install, and for a quick fix, hang up any extra blankets and fasten with tape.
3. Stay Proactive
It is highly important to be aware of current weather conditions for the life of your coach during the harsh winter months. If severe weather, also known as a hard freeze, is predicted by forecasters, close up shop on your water and sewer lines to prevent frozen lines. Seek out other ways to stay warm, such as using insulated sleeping bags and small space heaters while keeping an eye on your power. Lastly, plan your campsites according to park openings, ensuring that your desired RV destinations are in fact open for business.
We hope you enjoyed our “Toasty RV” tips and found something useful to help keep both you and your RV healthy and safe! Maintaining the life of your home on wheels is extremely important, which is why we offer the products we do. Interested in protecting your coach from future catastrophic failures–and your wallet from unexpected costs? Fill out a free and simple online quote form or speak with a Warranty Specialist toll-free at 800-939-2806 and see how your rig can be protected. Good luck in your winter camping adventures and we’ll see you in the spring!
Russell and Sharon Rohlman says
New RV’ers. Looking forward to your newsletters
These are good tips. Here’s some more that we’ve found helpful in living in our RV in the winter in NY.
Paul Salos says
I have found that small bubble wrap works well for insulating windows.