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Must Have Winter RV Camping Tips

October 14, 2022


Winter RV camping is becoming more and more popular. Not only does it have a lower cost than summer stays, but it also can be a fun way to enjoy the season while staying warm and cozy in your RV. However, winter RV camping requires some special preparation and planning to stay safe. Here are our top tips for having a great time this winter!

Preparing your RV for winter camping

  • Insulate the windows.
  • Insulate the water hose.
  • Keep supplies on hand, including ice melt, extra water and fuel, firewood, and a shovel.
  • Stay prepared for emergencies by having an emergency kit ready to go in your camper at all times. You never know when you may need it!
  • Look for campgrounds with winter camping discounts; many of these can be found online or through apps like Groupon & Living Social (I love these sites). It’s also smart to check out Yelp reviews before booking anything too—you want to make sure that everyone who has booked there before had a positive experience so there aren’t any surprises when you arrive!
  • Pack clothes that are not only comfortable but warm enough too–a good rule of thumb is layering up so if one layer gets wet from sweat (or worse), another layer underneath will absorb it instead! Also remember to wear hats or hoodies at all times because they keep us warm too 🙂

Insulate the windows

If you have a large RV, it can be difficult to heat up. The best way to keep warm is by insulating the windows. If your RV has big windows and they’re not insulated, then you’ll want to use plastic sheeting or another material that will help keep the cold out. You can also use a space heater inside your RV if it’s too cold outside, or even use a heat lamp as well as insulation on your window so that both sides of it are insulated and therefore less likely to let in any extra cold air from outside.

Insulate the water hose

  • Insulate the water hose. Water hoses can freeze in a matter of minutes, so it’s best to insulate yours with an insulated bag or an insulated hose cover to prevent that from happening.
  • Use a heat tape. If you’re still worried about freezing temperatures, consider using a heat tape on your water hose to keep it from freezing in the first place!

A heat tape is a small electrical wire that can be wrapped around the water hose. It’s typically powered by a 12-volt battery, which means you’ll need to run an extension cord from your home or garage to wherever you’re using it. The only downside of using a heat tape is that it needs to be replaced every year.

Keep supplies on hand

If you’re planning on winter camping in an RV, it’s important to have a few essential items on hand. These include:

  • A first aid kit with all the essentials like bandages, ointments and band-aids. This will help stop bleeding and prevent infection if someone gets hurt while out in the cold.
  • A tool kit (or two!) with wrenches and sockets that can be used for any repairs that might crop up during your trip.
  • Spare tires (in case one goes flat) and tow ropes (to pull other vehicles out of trouble). If you drive an RV with four-wheel drive capabilities, then having those extra wheels could help get through tough terrain when needed.
  • Extra gas cans filled with fuel so they can be used as backup when filling stations aren’t available due to bad weather conditions or long lines form due to high demand! You’ll never want to run out of fuel during an emergency situation like this one…

Stay prepared for emergencies

  • Have a phone number for the campground or park ranger on hand.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times, including food, water, blankets and other essentials. You can buy one of these kits or make your own with things from around your house that you think might be helpful in an emergency situation.
  • Don’t forget to keep fire extinguishers inside the RV and use them if needed! They’re also great for cooking grease fires on the stovetop.
  • Light up your campsite with flashlights and battery-powered lamps so you don’t have to worry about tripping over something as it gets dark outside. It’s also a good idea to have some rechargeable batteries on hand just in case any of these devices run out while you’re camping!

Choose your campsite wisely

  • Choose your campsite wisely. Be sure to choose a campsite with easy access to water and electricity, as well as a bathroom nearby. If you’re going to be outdoors for several days, make sure you have a fire pit, picnic table and grill at your disposal.

With the right preparation, winter RV camping can be fun.

Don’t worry, you can still go camping in the wintertime. With the right preparation and gear, winter RV camping can be fun.

Many of your favorite campsites will have a few amenities that make them perfect for winter RV camping. Some campgrounds may offer heated restrooms and showers, making it easier to get ready for an outdoor adventure when temps are below freezing.

You can also choose to stay at a hotel or motel where you’ll have access to hot water without having to deal with cold temps inside your rig.

If you’re renting an RV, be sure to pack enough clothes so that the temperature inside doesn’t drop too much while you’re away from home. If it does drop too much when everyone’s asleep in their beds (like mine do), then just turn on some space heaters until everyone wakes up!


Winter camping can be a great experience, but it’s important to be prepared. We hope this list of tips has helped you plan your first winter RV trip!

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