How To RV in the Winter



We’ve been RV snowbirds for 8 winters in a row, mostly in the Desert Southwest. This year, for the very first time, we’ll be spending the winter in the RV in a northern location.

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Granted, the Lower Mainland of British Columbia isn’t exactly Manitoba when it comes to winter, but we’re far enough up in the mountains to get some freezing temperatures and snow here.

We show you all the steps we’re taking to winter in our motorhome. We’ll demonstrate how to keep the water hose from freezing and how to keep ourselves warm too. We’ll cover water hose insulation, heat tape, the differences between all five sources of heat we have available, moisture & humidity control, and even pest control.

We’ll also be using our Extend-a-Stay (also known as a Stay-a-While or an Extend-a-Flow) to connect to a large external propane tank.

SInce this is our first time dealing with winter in the rig, we’ve done a lot of reading and learned a lot from our friends and neighbors up here in beautiful, friendly BC. The site we’re on has 30-amp electric, so we have to be particularly aware of our power usage.

Luckily, Birgit & Greg, whose site we’re using, were nice enough to let us tap into their super-size external propane tank (we’ll be paying for the propane we use, of course). So propane shouldn’t be a problem, but we’ll still want to keep our usage to a minimum, since it’s expensive, and propane use can cause excess moisture to build up in the rig.

There are lots of RVers who know way more than we do about RVing in REAL winter deep freeze conditions, but we wanted to give other cold weather newbies a feel for some of the steps we’ve taken to prepare for it. We’ve seen a lot more online about winterizing an RV for storage, and we wanted to add some information about living on board too.

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22 thoughts on “How To RV in the Winter

  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    Wouldn’t it be great if the manufacturers could have a solution as part of the huge amounts of money we pay them! It’s like we are are just now finding out we need to protect our rigs from Jack Freacking Frost!

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DE-HUMIDIFIER IN AN RV IF YOU ARE FULL-TIME…SUMMER AND WINTER. MOISTURE BUILDS UP JUST FROM BREATHING AND IT WILL GET MOLDY. ALSO YOU NEED SOME TYPE OF SPACER UNDER YOUR MATTRESS TO PREVENT MILDEW…USE WOOD SLATS SPACED 1 FT APART…OR FOR $150 THEY HAVE A PRODUCT BUILT FOR BOATS THAT DOES THE SAME THING.

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    My older travel trailer doesn't have any of those basement ideas like that.

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    Also, an alternative to moving the thermometer transmitter from under the hood to the water compartment is to get one with 2 transmitters, if you still want outside temperature readings.

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    Thank you! Definitely the best, most informative and helpful video on winter RVing.

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    possibly an infra red light bulb would be of use farmers use them for cattle and fowl during the winters here in europe.

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    "Good", that was VERY good 😉 Thank GOD and thank you for your support and time 😎

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    Some really great tips!! Several I had never heard of, ie tin foil on the hose and tank heat pads

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    How about the slides? I heard someone say to make sure you pull in your slides when it is snowing. Is that necessary? Do you pull them in during snowfall and open once sky is clear? We have a sticks and bricks up for sale and may have to spend a month or more in the motorhome with snow likely before our retirement on May 1st. It is a big concern. Thanks for the tips on the waterlines and basement care.

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    Diesel heater not a hard install. If your pusher is not Diesel then 5 gallon tank can last a week if heating all day long.

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    At what temperature do you recommend needing the heat pads for your tanks.

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  • November 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    I've done the same hose in the past. Need to make a new one, and thinking of using 1/2" pex tubing instead of a hose. Will require some fittings to get to garden hose thread. Pex is rated to 180 degrees, so heat tape shouldn't be a problem, and it bends very well too. I'm stationary in a park, btw. Will still wrap in foil and use pipe insulation. Any thoughts out there?

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