RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather

Whenever you consider RV residing within the winter… do not you image the snowbirds who journey South within the winter for delicate climate RV residing?

Nicely, that is not us – we do issues a bit otherwise from the norm – simply ask our household!  lowes foam board

Our fulltime RV residing selection discovered us on the banks of the Missouri River the place we at present work as camphosts at a personal campground and are on the brink of spend our third 12 months of winter tenting in Missouri the place the climate may be balmy sooner or later and brutal the subsequent.

A lot of individuals suppose we’re loopy… loopy for this life-style of fulltime RV residing, however even crazier for spending the winter in Missouri once we might be in Arizona or Florida or Texas the place the winters are heat and sunny.

Oh properly – we’re accustomed to raised eyebrows!

We had those self same locations in thoughts till the campground proprietor employed us for the year-round job and we fell in love with the attractive setting on the banks of the Missouri River.

We determined winter tenting within the chilly and snow can be a brand new expertise so as to add to our adventurous fulltime RV residing journeys.

Possibly it was the problem to determine methods to comfortably survive RV residing in winter that drew us in, or possibly it was the Universe telling us that it was time to alter our notion of winter.

(We’re huge time complainers of snow and chilly.)

Truly, it was each!

Little did we notice that our first expertise of RV residing in winter climate would happen in the course of the BLIZZARD of 2011!

Little did we notice how a lot our perspective can be tried and examined when the overall snowfall for the winter set a brand new file for our space… 43 inches to be actual!

Our preparations for RV residing in winter climate have been priceless classes in survival. Our solely winter preparations earlier to this was to maintain the snow shovel and ice soften helpful by the entrance door.

We spent hours Googling ideas from different RVers. It took some digging to search out the appropriate info since most ideas for winterizing an RV centered on getting ready the RV for winter storage – not RV residing IN winter.

We made numerous journeys to Lowes, Westlakes, and Bass Professional to ask for help with our RV residing in winter venture. (once more, the raised eyebrows from the clerks who tried to assist us!)

Essentially the most priceless useful resource of all was discovered at a neighborhood cell house provider. It was there the solutions to all our questions have been answered by educated individuals who knew how and what and the place and why to guard our truck camper for RV residing throughout winter. Their options have been sensible and easy… they have been extremely captivated with serving to the loopy couple who’ve this notion of RV residing in winter climate!

For starters, the entire pipes, inside and outdoors that I may handle to succeed in have been wrapped in foam pipe insulation. The empty areas across the pipes and holding tanks have been full of insulation. The within ceiling vents have been lined with plastic to assist preserve the chilly air out. Simple to do – acquainted duties to any house owner… and particularly important for RV residing in areas the place bitter chilly and snow and ice assault you for a number of months.

I learn a number of recommendations of protecting the home windows as properly to maintain out the chilly, however simply could not convey myself to dam my view, particularly since I can look out my window and watch the river – it’s my saving grace whereas holed up inside whereas the snow flies and the temperatures plummet.

This type of view is what makes RV residing so worthwhile.

We shortly discovered that for RV residing in winter climate, it was obligatory to guard our water provide and the sewer hose from freezing temperatures. With the assistance of the workers on the cell house retailer, we designed a water hose from a small plastic pipe fitted with connections to the campground water pump and our camper. This pipe was wrapped in an electrical warmth tape, which was then wrapped in foam pipe insulation.

Our versatile sewer hose was inserted into a bigger PVC pipe for added insulation. It took a number of tweaks to search out the appropriate elbows for the pipe, however we did it! Now the skin hoses have been protected and we had a protected water provide for our first RV residing expertise with winter tenting!

These fixes labored nice to guard our water provide and sewer hose; however, once we unhooked every thing to take a street journey, we quickly realized how “EXACT” our parking needed to be once we returned house. It took a number of makes an attempt of backing up – pulling in somewhat nearer – backing up – pulling to the appropriate somewhat extra – nope – angle it extra to the left… time and again till the pipes lined up excellent for reconnecting.

Usually, no huge deal to do that – however it was bitterly chilly that day. Simply one other a part of the method of studying the artwork of RV residing in winter climate.

As we started our second season of RV residing in Missouri’s winter, we regarded for different options that may assist us simply and shortly reconnect our hoses. We needed to discover extra flexibility.

Google looking out got here by once more as we researched extra methods to outlive in winter climate. The subsequent winter, our water hose was wrapped in heavy obligation aluminum foil, adopted by the warmth tape, adopted by the froth pipe wrap. We additionally bought an excellent heavy obligation sewer hose that is ready to stand up to frigid temps. Now we had flexibility! No extra inflexible pipes to reconnect once we arrive again on the campground.

One of the treasured discoveries in getting ready for RV residing in winter was the electrical radiator heater. These heaters work properly as a supplemental warmth supply in small areas and keep heat with out utilizing a lot electrical energy. As a result of pure convection distributes the warmth, there is no fan to make noise, making them extremely quiet. We did not must run the furnace always, by no means needed to fear about working out of propane in the midst of the night time and waking as much as a chilly camper.

With all these fixes in place, the one huge drawback we encountered for surviving RV residing in winter was condensation that constructed up underneath our mattress the place the chilly outdoors air meets heat our bodies. (our mattress is over the cab of the pickup)

The answer?

Create an air house between the mattress and the ground of the mattress. I headed to Lowes with measurements in hand and requested for assist determining my loopy thought. Fortunately, I used to be helped by somebody who knew precisely what we wanted –

boards to make use of as slats and 1/2 inch foam board to put on high of the slats and beneath the froth mattress.

Now the air can flow into… and the most effective half is the froth board added safety from the chilly ground of the mattress.

I AM a cheerful camper… RV residing within the winter is a chunk of cake!

Two years in the past, we have been stocking up on meals and flicks and water as a result of the forecast known as for a blizzard! We had anticipated a number of new adventures with RV residing and winter tenting, however, a blizzard was one thing we had by no means skilled! Nineteen inches of snow fell as we have been snuggled safely in our camper.

The subsequent day, we have been like little youngsters. We could not wait to get out and tromp round within the deep, deep snow that had drifts a number of toes deep.

If we had determined to take off that winter and settle into RV residing in sunny Florida, we might have missed the magical views of snow lined fields glowing like fairy mud within the mild of a full moon, surrounded by stillness.

If we had headed South for the winter – positive, we may have performed on the nice and cozy, sandy seashores, however we might have missed sinking as much as our thighs in snow – similar to we did once we have been three years outdated and three toes tall!

I’d have missed that magical January morning once I headed to the river, wrapped in my sub-zero sleeping bag, digital camera and low in hand… and watched the wonderful dance of the gulls swooping and swirling with grace and majesty.