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Midtown RV Ltd Winter RVing in British Columbia

Midtown RV Ltd Winter RVing in British Columbia

Camping in the depths of winter can be a magical experience. But if you're not properly prepared for the conditions you and your RV could be facing, your relaxing trip can quickly turn into a nightmare.

 

Here are some of the most important points to bear in mind before heading out on a winter RV expedition around British Columbia.

 

1) Holding Tanks and Sewers

 

Holding Tanks and Sewers

 

A burst to your holding tanks is something you don't want to endure on any RV trip. If you'll be encountering sub-zero weather, protect the tanks with an enclosure built from fibreglass battling, and install a pair of low-wattage light bulbs inside it to keep the air just above freezing. Alternatively, heating panels can be attached to the tank sides.

 

And don't forget to winterize your sewer hoses. Standard plastic models aren't usually able to withstand a prolonged deep freeze, so replace them with winter-rated versions.

 

2) Insulation

 

Insulation

 

Check over your entire RV and fill any interior gaps and crevices with a DIY filling product. Areas to inspect include parts of the floors or walls where wires or piping come through, along with window frames and vent fixings.

 

Also invest in heavy-duty blinds or drapes for all doors and windows, and close them as soon as you're safely tucked inside at dusk.

 

3) Propane

 

Depending on your existing propane tank size, consider getting a secondary one fitted to increase your capacity. The last thing you need in the BC winter wilderness is to be worrying about your supply running low.

 

Also, look into ways your electrical system could take some of the load off your propane. Examples include electric blankets, small portable heaters, and so on.

 

4) Water

 

If you have low water usage, such as if you're using your RV at weekends only, consider bringing along your own supply of drinking and washing water. This will let you close down and winterize your RV's system to protect it from freezing.

 

If you need a fully operational water supply, insulate all pipes and connectors both inside and out to prevent freezing, and run a faucet every hour or so to keep the water moving around the system.

 

5) Vents

 

It may seem a strange idea, but for winter camping it's helpful to keep one roof vent slightly open at all times. This helps prevent moisture building up inside your RV and damaging the interior surfaces.

 

However, make sure you install a cover above the vent to keep snow out, and also check that all other vents are well insulated to keep as much warm air inside as possible.

 

6) Other Considerations

 

Other Considerations

 

Regardless of how well you prepare your RV for winter camping, it's sensible to be ready for an emergency. Keep extra supplies of clothing, food, and drinking water in store so that you have the resources to live through a power failure or similar mishap.

 

Also, make sure you have an emergency plan for summoning help if needed, and that all your communication devices are fully operational with battery backups if necessary.

 

An RV opens up the whole of BC and beyond for year-round exploration. Prepare wisely, and you can have a winter experience to beat any traditional vacation.

Categories: RV, British Columbia

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