Tips & Tricks from RV Care customers
You may recall RV Care customers Vince and Laura Langdon’s story of their winter RVing adventure that started when they moved into their RV in -20C weather just before Christmas last year. Along with sharing their story of living in their trailer through an Ontario winter, they also shared their best winter RVing hacks and some tips and tricks they put to good use.
- If you are setting up for good a period of time, invest in a Shelter Logic door cover. It is a tarp-covered breezeway, that completely covers the trailer’s entrance. This prevents heat loss every time the door is opened, keeps steps clear of ice and snow, and provides a protected area for boots or other storage. Be sure to anchor it to prevent the wind from taking it away.
- Learn everything you can from other people who have already done this. Everyone has ways of dealing with inclement weather, flora, fauna and everyday trailer life
- Only pack the essential items you absolutely need to live. Cut down the clothing and only keep useful items inside the trailer.
- Reduce mud and dirt from getting into your trailer by using stepping stones or skids outside your entrance. When you get a ton of rain, you’ll be tracking in all kinds of mud.
- We never used our trailer’s built in water system during the winter. Instead we use two 5-gallon refillable water jugs that rest in the trailer bathtub with a battery-operated water pump to get the water we needed. This way, we never relied on water hook-ups and could endure all weather elements throughout the year without any worry of freezing. For washroom facilities, we used the ones provided at the campground.
- Invest in a good portable heater. Our Dyson heater was sufficient to heat our entire trailer for the winter, with our propane furnace as a back-up.
- Pull your bedding and mattresses away from the outside walls during the cold winter days and nights to reduce moisture build-up.
- Open all storage doors and cupboards in the winter when you’re away from the RV. This will increase circulation and reduce moisture build-up.
- Cook outside when you can. This reduces interior moisture, food smells, smoke and other damage inside your RV.
- Don’t leave your awning out for extended periods of time in the winter. We’ve seen several ripped off RVs when used by other full time campers.
- Purchase a small dehumidifier to keep the moisture down.
- Purchase a hygrometer. This will let you monitor your relative humidity within your RV, and let you know when you should be running your dehumidifier.
- Keep some windows cracked open, even in the winter! We learned this the hard way in -20c temperatures. When you heat up the interior of your trailer and the outside is extremely cold, the windows will all frost up. On one occasion in our first RV, we built up 1″ of ice on the interior of our front window. Proper heating and air circulation is a must!
We loved hearing about Vince and Laura’s RVing adventure, thank you so much to them for sharing their tips with us! Do you have any winter RVing hacks? Share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!