The ideal RV vacation occurs in great weather where the sun is out and warming the earth or maybe a few drops of rain are felt. In both circumstances, the conditions are naturally regulated enough to give comfort. What happens when you decide to pursue a winter vacation or what happens if you are approaching a location that is locked in winter conditions?
Just as with all RV trips the preparation begins well before the first mile is done, while at home drain the RV’s entire water holding systems. Be sure to also empty the shower, toilet and all water faucets, the washing machine and dishwasher before taking the next step. Pump antifreeze through all of the RV’s water systems to keep the lines from freezing and breaking while on the road. In addition to washing and waxing the exterior, be sure to thoroughly clean the interior and remove all food and miscellaneous items from previous travels. Check the RV for tears, holes, and dents and have them all sealed to prevent insect infestation and water damage. Due to the cold conditions be sure to lubricate door hinges and locks and be sure to check your battery before heading out. Be sure to have your tires checked and changed before traveling; summer conditions and prices for repairs will be lower compared to a winter blowout.
Life is known for throwing curve balls in the form of unexpected circumstances even when all possibilities have been planned for. During your winter tour, always have extra warm clothing, blankets on hand and maybe a few for a passing cold traveler. Other handy winter supplies include snow tire chains and just a few extra bottles of drinking water. Be sure not to over pack though as any excess weight will cause wear on your RV parts.Finally, have at least two solidly built space heaters in the cabin of your RV for extra warmth.
Traveling with pets adds an extra layer of preparation that is well worth it in the end if your best friend can enjoy comfort and safety while traveling. The concept of bucking up applies to pets while the RV is in motion. The same forces that can harm a human will also have an impact on animals should the vehicle stop suddenly. For those furry friends, it is important to remember that their temperature regulation system is very different from ours. Be sure to set the thermometer at a position where you are warm enough but your pet is not too hot; they can pass off from a heat stroke too. Finally, have proper ID on your pet since you will be in multiple locations at a time. Typically a visible collar and tag are great as a first line of defense. Be sure to fill out the information with an active number just in case your pet gets lost.