Gone are the days of camping only in summer and storing your RV all winter, you had to drain your tanks, add
antifreeze to your plumbing, then you put a cover on it till Springtime.
That was then- this is now. According to the Washington Post, 1 million people live in their RV’s they are calling us Modern Nomads.
That being said there is a completely different process for winterizing when you are a full-time RV’er.
PLEASE READ…DO Not use un-vented heaters, space heaters, gas stove or oven in the living space of your RV.
Un-vented combustion heaters produce Carbon monoxide, it is a tasteless odorless gas, that can be fatal.
Any heater that burns a fuel source must be vented.
Make sure your Fire extinguisher is full, your Smoke detector works & this is crucial never ever disconnect the
Co2 alarm, it will save your life, but it won’t if it’s inoperable.
It is against the law to UN-hook it unless replacing it.
Another must-have gadget is a humidity tester, the condensation that builds up inside your RV can cause potential
Mold is one of the best-known problems caused by excess moisture.
You can buy one at your local Lowes or Home Depot. The humidity level should be between 30% & 40%. Periodically you
will need to open a vent.
Air Sealing –
Insulation Windows-Most brick & mortar homes are built with a two-ply plan for keeping air and cold out,
window and a storm window for added protection from the elements.
Unfortunately, RV manufacturers do not follow those guidelines, but we can create a defense ourselves by putting plastic
or a plastic film on the outside of our RV windows.
Do NOT use regular tape or regular duct tape, use an all-weather tape or thermal tape, otherwise when you remove the
tape you paint from your RV will come off with the tape and that’s not easy to fix.
Inside windows can be covered with plastic or a heat shrinking plastic, this comes with two-sided tape, This will
greatly reduce heat loss and air coming into the RV or camper.
Window treatments In RV’s and campers are pretty but not practical. For winter living.
Hang heavy blankets or blackout curtains for added protection from the cold.
You can attach them in many ways, I use Velcro strips and leave my strips on the walls (you can not see it) for future uses.
Always remember your North facing windows need extra covering as these windows will get the colder air, as it comes from the north.
Add weather stripping around all door frames, use reflectix to cover glass indoors and outside glass of doors, this
material comes in rolls and can be cut to size.
You can find this item at your big box home improvement stores.
Drape a heavy blanket in front of the interior of the door, as was done for windows.
Do not seal with caulking or any type of foam these need to be accessible.
You can buy factory vent plugs reasonably priced or make your own.
These look like square pillows but they are very well insulated and go in your ceiling vents, usually in winter,
but I use mine in summer as well.
Outside your RV seal all areas around plumbing and electrical openings to the outside, use low expansion foam to seal gaps.
Water tanks check your manual to see if your tanks and plumbing have been factory insulated. Pipe wrap and heat tape may
be needed depending on the temperature and weather conditions.
You may need to leave under sink cabinets open to help keep pipes from freezing, do this in the kitchen and bathroom.
Any outside plumbing not insulated, Examples: outside showerhead or faucets need to be drained and covered. Gray and
Black tanks, these tanks should be insulated but check your manuals, empty these as needed. Never leave the drain open,
it can and will freeze causing a lot of damage. Keep cap on as well.
Keeping your feet warm is very important, most think that two pair of socks are warmer than one, but they are wrong
the second pair restricts circulation and therefor becoming colder.
Merino wool is the best way to keep your feet warm.
Our feet warm our bodies core. So now you can begin to prepare for your assault on the cold winter temperatures.
I hope you found this informative.
Any questions or comments please leave them below.