8 Essential Winter Tips for RV Living

Winter is just around the corner. And for those living in an RV, it’s important to prepare for colder weather. While California may not have harsh, snowy winters, it can still get pretty chilly and rainy. Here are some winter tips for RV dwellers in California:


1. Insulate your RV


One of the most important things you can do to stay warm in your RV during the winter is to make sure it’s well-insulated. This will help keep the heat in and the cold out. You can use weather stripping around windows and doors, add thermal curtains, and use reflective insulation on the roof and walls to help keep your RV warm.


2. Install a heating system


If your RV is not equipped with a heating system, consider installing one. Several options are available, including propane heaters, electric heaters, and even small, wood-burning stoves. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take appropriate safety precautions when using any heating device.


3. Invest in warm bedding


Having warm, cozy bedding is essential for staying comfortable in your RV during the winter. Consider investing in a high-quality, warm sleeping bag or comforter, as well as blankets and pillows. Make sure to choose moisture-wicking bedding materials.


4. Use a dehumidifier


Cold and damp air can make your RV feel even colder, so it’s a good idea to use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air. This will help keep your RV warm and comfortable and can also help prevent mold and mildew from forming.


5. Protect your RV’s plumbing


Frozen pipes can be a major problem for RV dwellers in the winter. To prevent this, make sure your RV’s plumbing is properly insulated and consider installing heating tape on any exposed pipes. Be sure also to drain your RV’s water system and add antifreeze to the tanks to prevent freezing.


6. Stock up on warm clothing and gear


It’s always a good idea to have warm clothing and gear on hand when living in an RV during the winter. Pack plenty of layers, including long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, and warm pants. You should also have hats, gloves, and scarves to keep your head, hands, and neck warm.


7. Plan your trips carefully


If you plan on traveling with your RV during the winter, it’s important to plan your route carefully. Check the weather forecast before you leave and avoid traveling in adverse conditions, such as heavy snow or ice. 


It’s also a good idea to have an emergency kit with blankets, food, water, and other supplies.


8. Stay active


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to be cooped up in your RV all day. Staying active is important for your physical and mental health, so get outside and enjoy the winter weather. Dress appropriately and stay safe.


Bonus: Winter RV Living Checklist


We prepared a general checklist for your winter RV living needs. You may want to add or remove items depending on your specific circumstance. It’s always a good idea to be prepared and to have a plan in an emergency.

  • Warm clothing and hats, gloves, and scarves
  • Blankets and extra bedding
  • Non-perishable food items and snacks
  • Water and other beverages
  • First aid kit and any necessary medications
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable heater and heat tape
  • Tire chains and other emergency equipment
  • Generator and extension cords
  • Skirting and other weatherproofing materials


Winter Tips for Living in an RV


Experience the serene beauty of a winter RV trip. From the solitude of a winter campsite to the peaceful snowfall, there’s nothing quite like it. Follow our tips to ensure that your RV stays warm and comfortable throughout the winter season. 


With a little preparation and careful planning, you can enjoy a fun winter in your RV, no matter where you roam. Happy travels!


Whether you need to rent an RV for a couple of weeks or a month, Smoke Tree is one of the best RV parks in the Bakersfield area. For more information, you may reach us at 661-831-6154 or drop us a message here.

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