Tips for RV Camping in the Winter


When winter descends and snow flies, you don’t need to say goodbye to camping. Plenty of adventure awaits in cold weather, and you don’t have to limit your trips to flying south for winter. If you’re hoping to see Montana from your RV, keep these tips in mind for winter RV camping.

Check for campground closures

When heading out to camp in winter, it’s essential to check for closures at the campgrounds you want to stay in. Even once the calendar passes Labor Day, checking is a good idea. Go online and call to see if bad weather might change availability. This is also an excellent time to check on amenities—are water, sewer, and electric services available all year or only seasonally? What is and is not going to be available onsite in the winter?

Be prepared for anything

Check the weather before you go, and have a backup plan if conditions change suddenly. Even if the roads are clear and the skies are supposed to be sunny, winter can change that quickly. Pack extra layers and emergency supplies, and plan as much as possible. Don’t forget your outdoor gear, like skis, snowboards, and snowshoes. But also bring along some tools for indoor fun, like books and board games.

Insulate your rig

Not all RV insulation is created equal, and some models are better for lower temperatures than others. But even if your rig doesn’t stay as warm as you’d like, additions like an area rug, insulated window coverings, and extra insulation tucked into drafty corners can help you keep warm.

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Go for skirting for longer stays

If you’re posting up for a while, skirting and insulating under your rig might be the move. It will help keep critters from seeking shelter under your camper, and it keeps drafts at bay too. This is one way to help keep your pipes from freezing in low temperatures. There are many methods for skirting, from hay bales and foam boards to vinyl fabric. Look into the options to find the right one for your situation.

Consider winterizing water systems

Water pipes in cold RVs are especially susceptible to freezing. Depending on how much winter camping you plan to do, it might be best to drain your system and dry camp instead. Some people who want to be able to flush their toilets add antifreeze to the system, too. But if you’re not familiar with winterizing your rig, it’s a good idea to get help from the pros. Planning can save you big in the long run since it’s always better to prevent repairs before the damage even happens.

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Stock your emergency kit

Before you head out, fill up your emergency kit with winter gear. Gloves, chains, a blanket, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, jumper cables, a mini air pump for low tires, a shovel, a portable propane heater, extra fuel, and road flares are just a few of the items you might want to bring along.

With four seasons of exploration in store, see what winter camping you can find this winter with Starry Night Lodging’s array of campgrounds. See what’s available in all seasons, and book your stay for destination skiing and quiet snow scenes.