Six tips for keeping warm even on the coldest nights
While spring and summer RV trips can be great, that doesn’t mean those are the only times they can take place. Many parts of the U.S. that look best with a nice layer of snow. And one of the bonuses of taking a trip during the colder months is that there are fewer travelers out on the roads and at the campgrounds. The downside, however, is that things can get awfully frosty in your RV. But with the right preparation, you can easily keep cozy and warm no matter how low the temperature drops.
Get things tuned-up
It is always a good idea to have your RV looked at to ensure it’s in great shape before embarking on a trip. When traveling in cold climates, it is especially important to know that your battery will be able to withstand the additional strain you may put on it. And of course, be sure that your heating system is working well.
Just as insulation helps keep a house at a comfortable climate, the same is true for an RV. But instead of putting it in the walls or floor, there are easier things you can do. Just laying a thick rug down can help keep heat inside. To avoid heat from escaping through your windows, covering them with bubble wrap is a good trick. Hanging thermal or insulated curtains is another effective tactic for heat retention. And to help ensure that your water doesn’t freeze, it’s important to insulate both your water heater and pipes.
Put on your skirt
One of the best ways to keep your RV protected from the extreme cold is by putting a skirt on it. In addition to safeguarding the undercarriage, a skirt helps an RV retain heat. The only issue is figuring out which type is best, as there are several different kinds to choose from. If you so desire, you can also think about making your own.
Use your sleeping bag
Who says a sleeping bag should only be used outside? For an exceptionally toasty night’s sleep, a thermal sleeping bag is ideal. If you are picking up some before you take your trip, be sure to choose bags that will keep you warm in very low temperatures. Even if they don’t get that low while you’re traveling, it’s better to be prepared. It’s also a good idea to select bags that have hoods for even more warmth.
An easy way to add more heat to your RV is to crank up your stove. Be sure to bring some foods that require frying, like meats or eggs. You may also want to think about whipping up some tasty treats in your oven, such as cakes or cookies. Bonus tip: When you’re done baking, keep the oven door open, as this will supply your RV with a little bit of extra heat. Even just boiling water for a hot beverage – like tea or cocoa – can help, plus it will warm you up when you drink it.
While it may be tempting just to burrow under your blankets when it’s freezing outside, you’ll do yourself a favor if you stay active. Although you probably won’t have a lot of room to work with, you can still get in a good body-temperature-raising workout. There are numerous things you can try, including sink pulls and wall push-ups.
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