RV Lifestyle

Great Resources for Tips on RVing in Extremely Cold Weather

By Levi Henley             December 2022


Most RVs are not equipped to handle extremely cold weather off the lot. If you will be RVing in sub-freezing temps by choice or not, a little preparation can make or break the experience.

Adding insulation to your RV's walls, windows, and doors can help keep the heat in and the cold out. You can add thermal curtains or blankets to windows to further reduce heat loss.

Insulating Your RV

The following articles provide tips on methods and materials that you can use to insulate your RV.

Insulating Your RV

You can winterize your RV's water system or use a heated water hose or heat tape.

Protecting Your Water Supply

If you live in your RV and can't winterize it, heat tape is a common solution for RV plumbing.

Protecting Your Water Supply

Have a well-stocked emergency kit on hand, including: -Emergency blankets -Extra batteries -First aid kit -Flashlights -Generator or other power sources -Weather radio

Emergency Kit

There are several options for heating your RV in cold weather, including space heaters and propane heaters. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Heating Your RV

Heating Your RV

Many RVs come equipped with heat pumps. However, they tend to only work well down to 40°F.

Heating Your RV

Many alternative heating methods can be used in extreme conditions.

Keep Your Body Warm

In addition to keeping your RV warm, layering your clothing and using blankets and sleeping bags can help. Warm beverages and food help raise your body temperature too.

Staying Safe Outside

Dress in layers and cover exposed skin. Use hand and foot warmers, and be mindful of the risks of hypothermia and frostbite.

Learn From Others

Other RVers love sharing their knowledge about their past experiences. Hearing their stories can help you avoid making the same mistakes they did.

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