Do You Dare Venture Out in Winter with Your RV or Motorhome?
Every February or March there’s always those days when the temperatures rise just above freezing and it starts to feel like Spring. If you’re like us, you might be tempted to fire up the motorhome and hit the road.
Taking short RVing trips is fun and can be helpful to prepare for camping season.
Cold weather driving gives you a good idea how efficient the on-board heaters are or if your windshield or side mirror defrosters do the job.
Obviously RVers who live, as we do, in the cold and snowy northern region of the Midwest are not going to find many open campgrounds until late April or early May. But if your RV has been winterized, the road conditions good, temperatures mild, winds down and you keep a close eye on the forecast, exploring the local sights in the late winter can be a real fun change of pace.
If plowed of snow, these are great for pulling in and enjoying the scenery while sipping hot coffee or cocoa. Kick on the generator for a few minutes, run the microwave and warm up some lunch or pop a bag of popcorn.
Would you drive your RV in snowy conditions?
We posted a short video on our JK and Kim in The Camperhttps://www.facebook.com/jkandkiminthecamper Facebook page recently showing the road conditions on one of our local Minnesota highways which we were driving. We asked this winter related question to fellow RVers: “Would you drive your RV on snowy roads like this to get to warmer weather in the southern states? And for how many miles and how many hours?”
We got a huge response.
Here are a few of those comments (reprinted here with approval.)
These responses are great, and we thank everyone who chimed in to share.
More Cold Weather RVing Tips.
Make sure the carbon monoxide detectors in the RV are tested and working, especially if you plan to use your rig’s propane or gas/diesel heater to keep your camper warm. It’s also a good practice to open the roof vent or side window to let any exhaust fumes out and some fresh air in.
We also place insulating reflective panels, such as Reflectix, in all the camper windows to keep heat in and the cold from passing through the glass. It really helps!
Small clip-on fans help keep RV windshields and side windows from foggy up. These little fans can be plugged into the dash USB ports for power while driving. Some RVers have permanently hard wired and mounted fans onto the headliner above the windshield for added defrost capabilities!
Put state department of transportation (DOT) road condition apps or websites on your phone, tablet, or laptop. If traveling through several different states, it’s a good idea to have these bookmarked and readily accessed to stay up to date with current road conditions or closures.
Don’t fear the cold.
Winter road trips and camping can be fun if you are prepared and when weather and road conditions are favorable. Of course, common sense, pre-planning, and updated forecasts and road conditions are the keys to staying safe on the road and warm at the camping spot.