Tips for Winter RV Living: How To Prepare for Cold Weather

RV living comes with a unique set of challenges—especially when the weather turns cold and wet. But with the right preparation, you can stay warm and cozy all winter long.
Continue reading below to learn some essential tips to prepare your RV for winter living.
Enjoying winter RV Living in a comfortable clubhouse
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Whether you stay for a month, a season, or the whole year, you’ll appreciate our competitive rates and outstanding amenities. Contact us or visit us today to learn more about our RV park and reserve your spot.

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  1. Insulate Your RV

    One of the most important things you can do to stay warm in your RV is to make sure it’s well-insulated. (This will help keep the heat in and the cold out.)

    You can add weather stripping around windows and doors, put up thermal curtains, and use reflective insulation on the roof and walls.

  2. Install a Heating System

    If your RV is not equipped with a heating system, consider installing one. In the market you can find options 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 comfortable winter RV living. So consider investing in a high-quality, warm sleeping bag or comforter, as well as blankets and pillows. Make sure to choose moisture-wicking materials to stay dry and comfortable.

  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 also help prevent mold and mildew from forming.

  5. Protect Your RV’s Plumbing

    Frozen pipes can be a major problem for RV dwellers. To prevent this, make sure your RV’s plumbing is properly insulated, consider installing heating tape on any exposed pipes, and drain your RV’s water system. You can also 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 for your winter RV living.

    Pack plenty of layers, including long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, and warm pants. And don’t forget 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, you should plan your route carefully and check the weather forecast before you leave. Avoid traveling in adverse conditions, such as heavy snow or ice. Also, 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. You can still stay active while living in an RV in the winter. Besides, it is important for your physical and mental health.

    So get outside and enjoy the winter weather! Dress appropriately and stay safe.



Part of comfortable and safe winter RV living is being prepared and having a plan in case of emergency. We’ve prepared below a general checklist. You may want to add or remove items depending on your specific circumstances.

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

Finally, choosing the right location can make a significant difference in your comfort during the colder months. So, to enjoy your winter RV living, a place with mild winter is a great option — like Bakersfield. For example, our RV Park in Bakersfield, CA offers the amenities and location that make winter RV living a pleasurable experience.


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 your RV stays warm and comfortable throughout the season. With a little preparation and careful planning, you can enjoy winter RV living no matter where you roam.
Smoke Tree is one of the best RV parks in the Bakersfield area, whether you need to rent an RV for a couple of weeks or longer. We’re a gated community, and our park features amenities to take care of your needs and feel at home while away from home, including:

  • Covered spaces available for up to 29’ trailers
  • Clubhouse
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Outdoor BBQ area
  • Smoke Tree Mobile Estates Fitness Facility
  • Smoke Tree Dog Spa
  • Dog park with dog bags


Stay warm and cozy during winter! Our laundry facilities are open to keep your clothes clean and fresh.
For more information, call us at (661) 762-4124 or contact us online.
Get directions to our park at 4435 Hughes Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93304.
Happy travels!

It’s a clean and affordable RV park with nice management.
Jessica Flores

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