6 Ultimate tips for those who want to camp in winter
It’s getting a little colder again, so today we give you 6 ultimate tips for those who want to camp in winter. Because if you are going to travel in the winter with a caravan or motorhome, there are still some things you need to pay attention to. And those things we give you below in 6 tips.
1 Sufficient gas
Make sure you have enough gas in stock before you leave. And above all, keep in mind that you use more gas in the winter than in the summer! It might be useful to bring an electric fire to help you out of a jam if necessary.
2 Don't let your water pipes freeze
You should actually check this when you buy your caravan. If the water pipes are placed on the outside of the caravan, this caravan is not suitable for winter use! So when it does, it is best to change it. This may cost you a few dollars now but it will save you a lot of misery. If they do get frozen, a hair dryer can come in handy.
3 Lay out floor mats
Floor mats can provide additional insulation. And that can come in handy in the winter! Plus it’s cozy to walk on too.
4 A flue extension
Suppose it has been snowing heavily and on your caravan there is a 30 cm pack. Then you may find it helpful to have a chimney extension. This ensures that your regular chimney does not get clogged with snow. And that you don’t have to go out and shovel snow every 2 minutes.
5 Snow Chains
Also, don’t forget snow chains! Even if no snow is specified at your destination. In Europe, the weather and temperature can change quickly. And then you are reassured anyway.
6 Battery stove ignition
As a precaution, install a new battery in the stove ignition. It’s best to get a heat-resistant one from the dealer. You never know!
Camping in winter
With the camper
in the winter
1 Check in advance
Checking a few things in advance is essential before you leave. The normal things, like checking the battery and radiator, are of course self-explanatory. But checking that you have enough antifreeze bee is just as important. Taking an extra jerry can with you therefore does not seem an unnecessary luxury. You should also check the oil level, of course. It is self-certified to use slightly thinner oil than usual. Putting oil between the door hinges is also a good idea.
2 Run the engine briefly every day
It’s also best for the battery that when the temperature is freezing, you run the motor of the camper for a while every day. Otherwise you have a chance of a flat battery, but also a chance of a reduced battery power or even a broken battery. And you can miss that when you travel.
3 Enough ventilation
When it’s cold outside and inside the RV the heater is running at full speed, you have a very good chance of condensation. Something you would like to avoid absolutely. So ventilating your entire RV enough is the message. Also, putting something under your mattress during the day to allow air underneath is not a bad plan. Because the mattress is one of the things that knows the fastest about this moisture. Installing a dehumidifier can also be done.
4 Check your toilet
When traveling with your RV in the winter, you should also check whether your RV water tank is under the insulated floor or or above it. If this is under your insulated floor, it is recommended that you fill your empty water tank with antifreeze that is specifically designed for RVs. Also, watch carefully that the tank is never full to prevent freezing.