can you handle high altitude RV camping?

image by @Busskipper, iRV2 Forums member

Some things that affect your RV camping in high altitude may surprise you. From appliances to your health, let's take a look at them.


Altitude causes air pressure build-up  in sealed items.  Buy groceries when you arrive.


Cooking and baking is affected because of low pressure.  Boiling points are lower in the mountains. Thinner air makes bread baking difficult because liquids evaporate faster.


Propane is harder to use at altitude. Your stove, water heater and refrigerator might have a hart time lighting in the thin mountain air too. Be patient. They're not broken.

Altitude sickness

Living in thin air makes many people sick at about 8,000 feet (2400 meters). Give yourself time to acclimate.  Being out of breath and lightheaded for a while is normal.


The more you go camping in high altitudes, the better you learn how your appliances, your recipes, and your body react to altitude.  RVing is the best excuse to get out there and try!