Being a snowbird can be fun, but for some RVers, winters in Florida and the desert eventually get boring. When done properly, RVing in a cold location can be just as fun and rewarding. Below are 7 tried and true tips that I’ve learned after spending my first RV winter in the mountains of Washington.
1. Cover your entry way from snow.
Awnings won’t hold up to snow accumulation, but it’s definitely nice to have a cover over the front door to prevent snow from coming inside the rig, and to have a place to stand and shake off snow.
2. Indicate where your personal belongings are outside the rig.
If you’re staying in an area that has snow removal service (plows or tractors), keep your stuff close to your rig and put poles/sticks in the snow to show where things stick out (front steps, trailer hitch, etc.) so the plows can avoid hitting them.
3. There could be power outages.
Have plans for backup power, even if you’ve got shore connection. If you’re in a remote place, have a generator or propane for backup. Nothing is worse than losing power and having it be 32 degrees inside your rig and a high chance of your water tanks and pipes freezing. Trust me.
4. Protect your RV roof.
Tree bombs are a real thing. Either don’t park under overhanging trees or protect your vents and solar panels from the falling clumps of snow & ice. Snow accumulation that fall from trees can crack RV vents, solar panels, and car windows.
5. Heat the space under your rig.
We typically turn on a heat lamp under our rig when temperatures drop down to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures can drop faster than a heat lamp can warm the space, so it’s best to get the lamp turned on early.
6. Get a boot tray.
Purchase a boot tray to prevent snow on your boots from melting onto your floor. There’s no need to buy a brand new boot tray—instead, go to Goodwill and you can find an old baking sheet that will work just as well.
7. Skirt your RV.
If you’re going to be stationary for awhile, skirt your RV. It will make a big difference in keeping your rig freeze-proof and a lot warmer. Here’s how to do it.