Tips For Preparing Your RV For Winter Traveling And Storage

If you're thinking about taking your RV out for one last winter trip before you put it into storage for the season, you'll want to make sure that the rig is prepared. Since most RVs are vulnerable to cold temperatures, you need to evaluate and address any potential areas of heat loss inside before you head out. Here are a few areas to check and address.

Dealing With the Windows

While most household windows are double or triple-pane and insulated enough to keep cold out, RV windows aren't as well protected. Instead, you'll need to add some insulation to your RV windows by applying an insulating film outside. Then, you can cover the insides with shrink film, using a hair dryer or something similar to warm it and secure it in place.

If possible, upgrade your RV windows to a thermal-insulated model instead. This will help you keep condensation at bay, particularly when it's warmer inside than it is outside. Add a dehumidifier inside the RV and you'll be able to combat moisture when there's contrasting temperatures.

Blocking With Drafty Conditions

Since RV doors frequently have gaps around the edges, many RV owners find that they experience issues with drafts and cold air in the winter. All of the doors are susceptible to this, so adding draft barriers around the doors will help keep the inside space warm. New weather stripping on all sides of the door and draft blockers on the floor make a big difference.

Avoiding Frozen Pipes

Evaluate all of the pipes on the rig to spot the ones that have open space or aren't insulated. Use caulk material to seal cracks and apply spray foam to the larger gap areas. Just be careful when you use it, because the foam expands rapidly. Apply it in small amounts so that you don't overfill it.

Protect Your Water Tanks

If you're going to use your rig in the winter on a regular basis, invest in insulated water tanks. That way, you can keep water on hand without concern about it freezing. If you're having trouble with freezing water lines, leave the cabinet doors open and use a small electric heater inside the rig to keep things warm. Add insulation or heat tape to your plumbing lines so that you maintain the function of your bathroom. Remember that most campground shower facilities are seasonal, so you'll want to have running water.

In addition to these steps, make sure you drain all of your tanks before you put the RV into storage. That way, you don't risk any damage due to frozen water in the tanks or the water lines. Contact a company, such as Advanced Realty, for more information about RV storage.