Tips for RVing in the Winter
There’s no place like the RV for the holidays and winter months! There are plenty of reasons to RV in the winter, especially at our Louisiana campground. With proper planning and a little preparation before heading out on the open road, you may find that RVing in the winter is your favorite time to use your camper. Use these tips for RVing in the winter to get the most out of your trip.
Plan your trip
When planning to RV in the winter, make sure you have a solid plan. If you plan to stay in the south, you won’t have to worry too much about making sure your RV is ready for snow and ice. However, if your RVing adventures take you up north at any point, you’ll want to make sure you’re adequately prepared for snowy weather. Have a plan of where to stop if the weather deteriorates, and stay on top of weather conditions. An unexpected winter storm could mean hours stuck in traffic and frozen pipes.
Maintain and inspect your RV
Before you go anywhere, take a day to properly inspect and perform some general RV maintenance, which will help prevent frozen pipes, dead batteries, and more. Make sure your tanks are filled with antifreeze and keep more on hand. Fill your windshield wiper fluid tank with a liquid designed for cooler temperatures. Check your RV batteries and make sure they are fully charged before heading out on your trip—they are more likely to freeze or stop working in cold weather if not fully charged. You’ll also want to make sure your heater and furnace work before you go on your trip as well. Additionally, check your tires to make sure they are rated for snow and ice if needed, and check the tire pressure.
Insulate and seal
Staying warm and comfy during your winter RV trip comes down to how well your RV is sealed and insulated. Adding insulation to your RV isn’t very expensive and is well worth the effort to install. Save on RV heating costs by ensuring windows, doors, vents, and pop-outs are correctly sealed with adequate weather-stripping materials. If you’ve already installed weather stripping, make sure your current materials aren’t broken or damaged. “Skirting” your RV by adding panels to the bottom will help prevent cold wind from blowing underneath and potentially freezing the water tanks. Other ways to stay warm in your RV include bringing electric and other warm blankets, installing insulated curtains, and putting large rugs on the floor to help keep cold air from rising into the RV. Once you arrive at a campground during your winter RV trip, park in the sun and let it’s natural heat warm up your RV.
Store your RV at YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK
Not traveling this winter? Keep your RV ready for next season by storing it at our Louisiana campground! You can choose to reserve a storage spot for $600 per 12-month period or pay $70 per month as needed. An inspection fee is required, and RV owners are in charge of maintaining up to date insurance on the RV. The vehicles can be moved at any point for an additional fee with 48 hours’ notice. We also have onsite storage available if you want to store your RV short-term. This option is available the Sunday before you want to store the RV, and you must reserve the camper at the site you want to stay at later. Learn more about our RV storage options here.
RV at our Louisiana campground this winter
Now that you know how to prepare for a winter RV trip properly, it’s time to get out and explore! Jellystone Park in Robert, Louisiana, is a perfect place to RV in the winter. Our winter rates are the best deals of the year, with campsites only $35 per night in December and January. Book your campsite today!