Tis the Season: 5 Tips and Tricks for Winter RV Camping

5 Tips and Tricks for Winter RV Camping 1

By Sima Nimer

One of the nice things about RVs is that they let you travel leisurely in any season, choosing various destinations and enjoying the scenery as you go. However, the time of year that you travel can affect how to plan for an RV trip.

If you enjoy experiencing the stark sights and serenity of cold, winter landscapes while travelling in your RV, here are five tips and tricks for making your next wintertime road adventure a cold weather success.

 

  1. Anticipate the Conditions of Your Destination

If your destination is an RV park that’s well-maintained in all seasons, and the roads to get there are well-travelled winter weather probably won’t delay you from arriving safe and sound, or give a snowdrift permission to use your parking space.

However, if you’ll be traveling to a nature spot, where road maintenance isn’t high-priority, know exactly what type of destination you’ll encounter before you depart. If you’re facing a blizzard, delaying your trip by a few days could make it safer and more leisurely.

 

  1. Always Have Reliable Cell Phone Connectivity

Cell phones are everywhere, but cell phone towers are not. If you plan on parking your RV in an area where cellular connectivity is sketchy or unavailable, consider investing in a satellite cell phone that works anywhere you go.

The phone won’t be cheap, but it will ensure that you stay connected to the outside world, no matter how remote the road you travel becomes. It can also serve as a bridge to your loved ones; you can let them know how your journey is going and that you’re traveling safely.

 

  1. Carry a Reliable, Portable Electricity Generator

Using an energy-efficient, portable generator to supply electricity to an RV is often more economical than keeping the RV running to do the same thing. Having a generator can also bail you out of difficult situations, such as needing to charge a drained vehicle battery in a wilderness spot, or needing to conserve gasoline, when bad weather halts travel. It can get a little confusing with so many different models on the market, so be sure to take your time to do some research beforehand to find out what suits your needs best.

Having a portable generator can also let you perform some interesting activities on your adventures. If you wanted to, you could travel to a Rocky Mountain retreat, plug an electric guitar into your generator, and sing John Denver songs all night long.  That’s pretty cool for an RV winter camping experience!

 

  1. Pack at Least an Extra Week of Needed Supplies

If there is even a remote possibility that a winter storm could leave your RV stuck in a winter wonderland scene for a while, plan to pack at least seven extra days of needed supplies beyond what you anticipate requiring.

If the forecast is especially inclement and shows no signs of letting up, you can use your satellite cell phone to alert others. With that said, if you’re traveling in a relatively moderate climate, like the Midwestern U.S., you’re unlikely to get snowbound.

 

  1. Make Plans for Both Indoor and Outdoor Activities

The confines of RV winter camping provide cozy warmth and a sense of security, but they can also make you feel a little stir crazy if you spend most of your time in the live-in cabin, gazing out at a gray sky that wouldn’t seem so uplifting if you weren’t on vacation.

Even if you’re not exactly the outdoor type, try to plan at least two to three hours a day for activities outside the vehicle, preferably ones that expend some physical energy to help you relax, such as taking extended walks to photograph new scenes.

 

Guest Author

Sima is a keen traveller and freelance writer.

18 thoughts on “Tis the Season: 5 Tips and Tricks for Winter RV Camping

  • October 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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    Winter camping is something new to me. I mean, with the cold weather out there, camping is quite a challenge. The tips you gave can be very useful for beginners like me.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 12:57 pm
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    These are some great tips. I’ve never been RVing. However, maybe once the kids are out of the house it’s something that I would consider.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 8:44 pm
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    Thanks for the tips. These are really important pieces of advice. Winters are unpredictable and we must always be prepared for any emergency.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm
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    Camping in winter sounds like an activity that will need proper packing. So you are right when you say that we should anticipate in the conditions of the place to be able to pack right.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 1:42 pm
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    These are all important tips here. I actually never heard of satellite cell phone. This is such an important one.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    Yay.. thanks for the tips.. this is really helpful… I honestly havent tried this kind of adventure…but sounds interesting…cant wait for my first time?

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  • October 21, 2018 at 5:47 am
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    Interesting post with some useful tips. Camping is one of my favourite things to do. I love the tip of carrying extra supplies. I actually had never used RV, but I would definitely rent one on my next trip.

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  • October 20, 2018 at 10:45 pm
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    It’s definitely the season for camping! We had so much fun but I wish the connectivity on the Internet was a lot better. It is so nice to have all the comforts of life and still be one with nature!

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  • October 20, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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    I have yet to experience winter rv camping. Thanks for these tips. They come in handy when I need them.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 5:05 pm
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    RVing – our long time to do .. and you have provided great tips that I need to keep in mind for when we do 🙂 and the satellite phone one is a good idea. we do a lot of road trips in our van and staying in hotels.other for the nights and have been in areas without cell phone service on the road often

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  • October 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm
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    Although I’m not a massive fan of camping, I’ve been a lot with family over the last few years. This will definitely help for next time!

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  • October 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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    More women need to camp! Its so fun and exciting. These are great tips for any woman and even men that are new to camping!

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  • October 19, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    I love the idea of having an RV and being able to move around as I like. I’ve had one for a festival before which was a god send when it rained x

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  • October 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm
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    I love to travel, and although I have never travelled in an RV, I always wanted to. This guide is definitely useful and these tips are to keep in mind for such an occasion.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 10:32 am
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    I totally agree on making plans for both indoor and outdoor activities. We really need to have plan A, B, and C to enjoy and maximize our camping time.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 10:31 am
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    Pack an extra set of supplies, that is such an important tip. Having a reliable cell phone connection is very important too.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 9:56 am
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    Useful tips. Camping is love and I love the view there. Its lovely. Lovely pics though, must say.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 7:01 am
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    You know, I love to go camping but my hubby hates bugs and this is his excuse of never taking us camping. I think an RV would be a nice compromise for us especially now we have a toddler.

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