RVing in British Columbia, especially Vancouver Island is a year-round activity for some, enjoying the peaceful wilderness and quieter campgrounds. If you are considering a winter adventure, we have a few tips for you to be prepared.
Before you hit the road, make sure your RV is in the best condition it can be to face our sometimes unpredictable weather. With a little preparation, you can protect your RV components from freezing and other damage.
PREPARE YOUR RV
- Keep the water moving. Allowing a slow drip from your faucet can keep the water moving and help prevent feezing
- Use your freshwater tank. Instead of connecting your RV to external water sources, fill the internal freshwater tank to use as your primary water source. This allows you to disconnect and safely store your freshwater hose.
- Keep your internal plumbing warm. Open your bathroom and kitchen cabinets, so your RV’s heating can keep your plumbing warm.
- Antifreeze. Adding a small amount of antifreeze in holding tanks can protect the valves from freezing.
- When to dump your tanks. Only dump tanks when they are full to reduce the risk of freezing. Keep waste valves closed when not in use.
- Don’t get stuck. When parking your camper in potentially cold weather your stabilizing jacks may get stuck to the cold ground. Place wooden blocks underneath the jacks to prevent them from sticking.
- Cover your AC unit. The cold temperatures mean you won’t need your air conditioner. Using an insulated AC cover can protect your AC unit while it is not in use and prevent cold drafts.
- Install vent covers. RV vent covers allow you to keep your air vents open in any weather without snow or rain getting into the trailer, and the open vents can release humidity to keep your RV dry, too.
- Brittle Plastic. In extremely cold temperatures, plastic parts of your RV, such as levers and trim, may become brittle. Handle plastic components with care to prevent breakage.
WHAT TO PACK FOR A WINTER RV TRIP
Remember to always be prepared if you are stuck in the elements – be sure to bring the necessities with you
- Warm clothing, hats, socks, and gloves
- Warm sleeping bag
- Snow boots
- Tire Chains
- Blow Dryer (for potentially frozen pipes)
- Extra food & water
- Extra propane tank
Aside from the elements you might face in the winter months, make sure you have all the information you need before you set off on your adventure. Keep your eye on the forecast so you don’t put yourself in an unsafe situation. Some campgrounds close in the winter months, so always check to be sure your destination is open for you. Once you hit the road, remember to drive safely, watch for standing water, black ice, and other challenges that arise in the winter months.
When you’re prepared, winter RVing is fun and a great way to connect with your loved ones and create memories that will last a lifetime!