For many RV owners, this time of year is reserved for cozy nights in, tropical vacations, and having their campers or motorhomes winterized and put into storage for the off-season. But for the rest of us, the colder months just make for an excellent – and affordable – excuse to explore popular ski destinations or other winter recreation. For true Canadian RVers who aren't afraid to brave the cold in the name of adventure, here at five great tips for taking your RV out this winter!
First things first, you’ll want to ensure your RV is actually fully inhabitable for the cold winter months. This involves having it properly insulated so you can block out the cold air. RV insulation protects many vehicle components from damage and helps create a warm and toasty living space. Insulation around the base of the RV can also effectively block cold winter winds from damaging RV piping and sucking heat out of the camper. Doing this yourself can take a bit of work, although it is doable. Fortunately, the service centre at South Thompson RV offers expert winter services if you need a hand!
If your RV doesn’t have snow tires and you’re planning to drive through icy road conditions, make sure you have a set of snow chains. In fact, driving with snow chains during adverse weather conditions is a requirement on some roads. But depending on where your RV came from, you might not even be able to drive on those roads. Many big RV rental companies, such as Cruise America, explicitly prohibit renters from using chains on their motorhomes, as they can cause damage.
While you want to avoid overpacking, sometimes winter in an RV can call for a few extra items. Consider packing:
If you like to drive without an itinerary and stop whenever you feel like it, you’ll still need to do some advance planning. Many campgrounds close in winter, so verify potential campsite locations are open before you hit the road. But even if a campground looks officially closed online, it doesn’t hurt to call. There are some campgrounds and RV parks that close in winter but will accept campers on a day-by-day basis.
Another perk of hitting the road during the winter is the ability to easily drive yourself to a warmer destination. Snow snowbirds from BC can be in the sunny state of Florida in around three days’ time. So why not escape the cold and head to the beach for a bit?
Whether you need winterized RV services or a new camper to be your travel companion this season, the good folks at South Thompson are always at your service. Browse our inventory of exceptional residential vehicles, or visit our dealership today!