Preparing for Snowbirding

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If you’re planning on heading south to where the weather is decidedly less chilly this winter, we’re sharing our tips on how to prepare your RV for the journey, and what to plan for along the way.  


When you’re done RVing for the summer, but not quite ready to head south, we recommend that you winterize your RV in September. Even though you’re not storing your RV for the entire season, fall is here and an unexpected cold snap before you leave could do damage.

Watch the weather

Check the weather all along the route, not just at your destination. If you’re traveling far, you could encounter a wide variety of weather as you travel, from sunny days to snowstorms. Once you know what to expect, you’ll be able to prepare you RV accordingly.

Be flexible

If your travel plans are flexible, pick a departure week, not a set day, so that you can head out when the weather along your route looks the best.


We recommend you wait to de-winterize your RV until you’ve reached your destination, even if you’re traveling in the early fall. This will prevent any freezing on the road from unexpected temperature drops. Once you’ve reached your warm destination, check out these tips on how to de-winterize your RV.

Know where to get help

If you’re traveling through the States, remember that your RV Care customer card gives you coverage with the Priority RV Network, the largest dealer service network in the US with more than 110 locations. You’ll receive priority emergency service so you can get back on the road as quick as possible. Find a location on our website or app.

Don’t forget about yourself

If you’re traveling out of the country, it’s a good idea to purchase travel medical insurance to avoid a hefty, unplanned doctor’s bill.

Need help preparing for your winter trip? Talk to the knowledgeable staff at your local RV Care Dealer, they’ll be happy to share their expertise.