How To Stay Warm In Your RV and Protect It In The Cold!



RVing in the winter can have its challenges but you can heat your RV and protect it from the cold using these tips. Staying warm in your RV is key to having a good time but be sure to protect your RV from freezing and keep your water lines from bursting.

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48 thoughts on “How To Stay Warm In Your RV and Protect It In The Cold!

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Oh don’t forget the kitchen ventilation ducks we always forget about that

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Also on my Class A I had form sprayed on the underbelly it helps a lot especially with rust

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I also put a wireless thermostat in both my freshwater bay and my waste water bay just in case and also the propane tank doesn’t work well with extreme cold so get a heat blanket to wrap around the propane tank if you’re not around hookup and also like a person stated use plexiglass on each windows or form covering but especially the doors always leak I buy moving blankets to put there

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    What is the portable heater you supplement with? Thank you-love your videos

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Como sacas la humedad de tu RV usas un Dehumidifier? Y me gustaria saber cual, estoy en Lucas Kansas y esta Snowing 🌨 🥶🥶 tengo muchos problemas con la humedad

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Does it make a big difference when you insulate your flip up doors? I run a Planar 8dm it's mounted under the floor and puts out 130 degrees at the vents. It gets to 70 degrees under there. We just hooked up the ducks from the propane furnace to the diesel heater. Diesel is 2/3 cheaper. Most people in minus 25 go threw about 300 pounds of propane. I burn about 80 bucks

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    We put a small marine diesel oil heater in our travel trailer. Used a outboard tank to hold the diesel and stuck it into the ladder . It gravity fed into the stove and we put cement board with diamond patterned stainless on the walls beside and behind it. Kept the trailer at 72 F even when caping at -20f for days on end….lovely even warm cozy heat.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    This is nothing more than empty talk. It is just one of the sales strategies to sell people RV crap. Nothing is is going to protect the tanks and hoses from freezing temperatures.
    It will be just waste of money hoping you will win the nature. .

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    If you are hooked up to power etc leave a tap trickle at least overnight letting some warmer water through and keeping the water in your hose moving pulling some of the cold into your heated space.
    Keep your tanks on the full side, the liquid is above zero and acts a mild heat sink, drain the tanks in one big rush, let it drip dry for a while then dry the cap end so it is not frozen when you go to do this again.
    Yes to everyone mentioning straw bales, go big here if you can stacking them up the sides to the bottom of your windows and shovel snow over them packing it with your shovel to make a great seal and deterring mice. .

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Would have been nice to see how you would wrap the pipe that drains the gray and black tanks

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I live year round. Got rid of the furniture. Hooked up a planar diesel heater. 1third the cost of propane. Its130 degrees at the vents. The floor is warm now as all that heat in the sub floor does the job.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    We went Camping in a Tent Trailer to Yellowstone for Thanksgiving once. That was a real learning experience!
    All water Froze solid, from the dish washing tub, the bottle of water in my bed, the Batteries in the Trailer and the Trucks! But we were never short on ice for food in the Snow! We had a blast
    A must do is invest in Silk Long John's and Wool socks, and wool blankets, warm gloves, scarfs, jackets, Beanies, and UGGs!! Have fun!
    I now have a huge Travel Trailer! Live for camping

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Nope, not putting as skirt on my RV. Long Johns, maybe, but not about to give it identity issues.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    What is your access point to get an electric cord inside the rv from outside?

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I watched until we got to the “comfort” portion…..then I said “nope” . Going to Tampa to visit my son.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Storm windows. If you have the option at purchase the rig – see if the unit comes with storm windows

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Can you link the heat cables together… you know, like Christmas tree lights?

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Could you potentially pour some antifreeze in the grey and black tanks to prevent freezing? Obviously you'd have to do again it anytime you emptied, but I just wonder…

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Just this past February 2021, in the most southern part of Texas (Brownsville area), we endured a historic freeze event. Every night, I would close the slide to reduce the amount of square footage exposed to heat loss.
    As a former HVAC Service Tech, I knew the importance of this. Granted, not all rigs can close their slides and still gain access to all of the necessary facilities. We could, so it was very beneficial in saving precious propane to stay warm.
    Plus, years ago I purchased 2 14X14" foam rubber squares from my local hobby store to place into our 2 vent openings. I've never had a condensation issue.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Full time in cold climates is a challenge , we skirted our RV with plywood and insulated it then we took 2 1500 watt space heaters and placed one under each end of the RV, this accomplished keeping a heat source under the rv to keep the tanks from freezing and to keep the rv floor warm
    Just having a warm floor in the RV is a huge improvement and sure cuts down on the amount of Propane that one goes through

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    This winter, I placed bubble wrap in the windows adding a layer of trapped air for insulatioin. It allowed enough light through to still enjoy the daylight. I also hung a plastic liner over the doorway creating a curtain effect to help reduce drafts. I hung a plastic lining between the cab of my coach and the living area which also reduced lost heat.Lastly, I disassembled the door framing and filled the gaps with foam insulation and reassembled the framing. All of theses tricks helped my stay cozy this past winter where we had temps in the low 30's.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Used the same insulation and command strips to insulate the outside of my slides.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I use a small heater in the basement and a 36 inch Goldenrod dehumidifier in the area where the valves are.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I bought a used 88' Tioga Arrow class c. Im seeing now the absolute shoddy workmanship and skimpy use of materials used. Zero insulation.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Stoker wood stoves have a built in hot water option where you can run a hot water line to keep areas warm .A wood stove will save on propan and add aviance. Modles you can look at are Dickerson, Tiny Tot and Cubic Mini.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I stay warm in my Motorhome by staying away from where it gets cold.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    It’s an RV, wish people would stop saying rigs. I work on rigs… like oil rigs. Smarten up.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    If you decide to go with skirting do not do something on the cheap. Use a system that installs grooved channels on the RV to attach the material and high quality insulated material. It is expensive, 4 K and up, but cheap systems like snaps will not do much. Just throwing money away. Here is a company that does excellent with skirting. https://www.canvasworksincmn.com/

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Great video. Hey, I'm wondering if I could travel from New York to Florida now and use my toilet while my RV is winterized. Could I flush with anti freeze? Looking to boon dock a few nights on the way down.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    We have used Reflectix to create window insulation. Just cut to size and place it against the window & lower the shade. You can pop it out when it’s sunny. We’ve also used it to line the back of storage bins & closets that are on exterior walls. This helps with hot & cold environments. You can make a skirting out of it & plug in a heating pad, place a piece of foam insulation underneath the pad to keep your tanks from freezing(you probably need to have shore power for this).

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Why didn't you build insulation for Ure floors? It's family can sleep on REFLECTORS. The benefit is in winter keeps ure shoe family Sam. + in summer keeps I cool at night. FLEEC BLEND WOOL BANKET, very soft,& very warm THIS BLANKET BUY AT INDIAN STORE. IT'S HUNG LIKE A A RUG, BUT ACTUALLY IT'S BLANKET. IT'S COMES IN MANY DESIGNS,COLORS, AND SIZES. I pure queen for me even though I am at medium height. Did you think of installing a * WOOD STOVE – BUDDY HEATER * OR * KELLY WOOD STOVE * benefit is it's family will always have heat & cooking range. I can burn woods,pallots,I and when papers. This would always insure ure family members will stay warm & eat because you have wood. WOOD STOVE WILL PREVENT FROM * MOLD * BY KEEPING URE FAMILY SAFE.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Well here in sweden our caravans are made for wintercamping. They are insulated and have heated waterpipes in the floor. Soo u can go barefoot in many freezing degrees

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I never thought of the dump valves. I am winterizing my rv now , (in the south). I will wrap those dump valves.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I guess I’m missing something here… why don’t you just drive to a warmer place like Florida in the winter. Problem solved.

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    Few points about moisture and mold.

    1. Watch out about those cushions you stick up by your fan to keep the cold out. They do keep the cold out, but … the area between them and the fan itself can get covered with mold because of lack of air circulation. And mold is really hard to clean out of that area, including the screen, the blades, etc. Leave it up there too long and who knows how far that mold could spread.

    2. Also watch out for condensation everywhere else. Check your windows, a major source of cold entry/heat leak. Check the channels your sliding windows slide through — they can collect a lot of water overnight and start to leak down walls. When that happens, some areas may dry out and some not. Example: That happened to me at my dinette windows, and some water leaked down between my wallpaper and seat cushion. Oops! Found a good crop of mold growing — very scary! Check areas where liquid could hide frequently. After cleaning, I began to stuff 100% cotton washcloths in the runnels to catch any moisture before it could run away and hide.

    3. Yes, do get a humidifier. Well worth the money. Also put extra dehumidifiers, like the kind with absorbing dessicant crystals, in cabinets you don't check too often and/or that are attached to the outside walls, rendering them a zone in-between your heated interior and cold exterior. That a prime place for moisture to condense unbeknownst to you. You can repack the dehumidifier containers with economy-size jugs of dessicant crystals.

    4. Get a humidity checker. Or two. I have one by my bed so I can take a quick, frequent check on humidity. Ideal humidity to inhibit mold growth is 40% or less, but try to at least keep it below 50%. Closed off rooms, like bathrooms, can get much colder, so don't assume the warmest place(aka least humid as a general rule) or dryest is a full reflection of everywhere else. They are very cheap and the best insurance you can buy.

    In short, the two main factors contributing to mold growth are humidity and lack of air circulation. Spend the money to prevent both. You'll be very sorry if you mess this up!

  • January 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    maybe its a stupid question but if you have the chance to build a tiny woodstove into your Rv , would that work as well instad of gas?

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