You know what’s great about winter RV camping? No one’s around because it's “too cold”!
You know why that's great? Because it means more space for us! Many destinations that were bustling with tourists in the summer are now transformed into quiet, peaceful, silky white landscapes. No screaming kids, parties or general busy-ness!
Many people who start winter RV camping never stop, returning year after year.
So for those of you taking advantage of the wintertime, here’s our top tips for winter RV camping to ensure your trip is super enjoyable and safe!
Most RVs are, but some are better prepared for winter RV camping than others. If renting, make sure you ask the owner about its winter capabilities so you know what else you might need to bring.
Check out our RV range at RVezy to investigate your winter options.
We’ve compiled a list of the real winter RV camping essentials you should make sure you have:
This really goes without saying. Wintertime brings some crazy cold temperatures and unexpected storms. With so many resources available to track the weather, there really is no excuses to get caught out!
The Canadian Government has a good website which provides all weather predictions and alerts which can be used to get a feel for conditions. But you should never base your decision on internet forecasts.
Many campsites close after October (in Canada anyway). The easy solution is to call ahead.
You should also contact the relevant government transport department to make sure all roads are open! Each province has it own Ministry of Transport to provide road conditions and access information.
This is perhaps the most dangerous hazard for those going winter RV camping. In certain conditions a thin sheet of ice forms on the road surface and can cause absolute havoc! The best way to mitigate the risk is to be aware how it forms so you know when to look out for it.
Its caused by sleet, refreezing snow or rain freezing as it hits the ground. Prime time is sunrise or sunset - the coldest times most cars will be driving.
If your RV has an external thermometer, and it shows around 32 degrees F or below, then be on guard and don’t speed, tail gate the car in front, or brake violently.
The best thing to do is don’t panic, take your foot off the accelerator, and let your vehicle exit the ice. Easier said than done! But it's better than overcorrecting, panic braking, and completely losing control!
These points may seem a bit dreary, but it's really just about covering the worst case scenario, and having more control over your own fate.
With proper preparation and planning, your winter RV camping roadtrip can be as good or better than a summer one!
Check out our recent post about ‘Ski resorts that are RV friendly’ for some inspiration!
See you on the road!