Are You Prepared for Winter RV Traveling in Reno Nevada?
Winter RVing may not be for everyone, but for those RV enthusiasts in Reno Nevada do you know how to travel safely during the winter months? Here are RV safety tips while traveling during the winter months.
According to an article at voices.yahoo.com, “RV Winter Travels”
“RV camping lends itself to winter as the RV is more weatherproof than a tent. Winter RV camping requires a little more planning than camping during the rest of the year, but the rewards are great. A winter ready RV will let you camp inexpensively near major ski and winter resorts without having to pay top dollar for lodging; giving you more money to spend on skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding.
Prepare the RV
It does not matter if your RV is a travel trailer, pop-up camper, class C or class A motor home, you can use it for winter camping. Preparing the RV for winter is important. There are a few items that must be taken care of before heading out into the freezing weather.
Winterize the RV by adding weather stripping to all doors, windows, basement areas and access panels. Check the RV from top to bottom and replace all worn seals along windows, doors and seams.
Clean out the RV furnace area. Use a can of compressed air or a soft brush to remove all dirt, debris and unwanted insects. Check the furnace to be sure that it is working properly before you head out. If your RV does not have a furnace and only has a heat pump or heat fins, you may want to look into an additional heat source as these systems are not effective if the outside temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Empty the black water and gray water tanks. Add RV antifreeze (not the same type you use in cars, this is for water systems) to the black water and gray water tanks. Insulate pipes with foam pipe insulation. You may want to consider adding electric pipe heaters if you will be in an area that has below freezing temperatures for an extended length of time.
Cut insulating foam boards (blue core or pink core) to fit around the base of your RV. The boards should fit snugly between the RV frame and the ground. This will help insulate tanks, pipes, and keep out cold air.
Replace or add insulated curtains to the RV. Hang them over the windows and keep them closed at night to hold in the heat. If you are traveling in a class C or class A RV, have an insulating curtain made to divide the cabin area from the living quarters of the RV. This will keep you warmer and save on propane or electric costs.”
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