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Love Your RV: Tips and tricks for cold weather RVing

From the bloggers at Love Your RV.

RVers generally are an inventive and self-reliant bunch. One thing that really gets their creative juices flowing is trying to live in an RV below freezing for a sustained period of time. The typical RV is not at all designed for use in the snowy, icy northern climates. My Keystone Cougar fifth wheel has a sticker on the side proudly proclaiming “Polar Package” hahaha, pure marketing hype. There is not a chance it would be useful in any “polar” climate. It is barely adequate in the relatively mild climate of Vancouver Island in the late fall. Thankfully we have never had to test it out in any serious cold weather.

Somehow though even with the cold weather limitations of most RVs many hardy, ingenious folks find ways to do it anyway. Below you’ll find some of the best tips and tricks I’ve come across for cold weather RVing.

First thing you’re going to want to do is add some extra insulation to the RV, especially the windows and underbelly area. These areas are where the rig loses a large percentage of its heat.

Window Film – Pick up something like the 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit to apply to all the windows. It’s inexpensive and really helps keep heat in by adding an extra air barrier.

Foam Board Insulation – Add some foam board insulation to the bottom of the RV underbelly. This will help with keeping your waste and water tanks warm preventing freeze ups.

Reflectix Bubble Foil – This stuff comes in rolls and can be cut to fit into window openings or anywhere you want to add an extra layer of insulation. The foil will reflect the heat back in and the bubbles provide insulating air gaps. We use it for both cold and heat. When not needed it rolls back up for easy storage.

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