Winter RV camping offers a break from the bustling summer season and a chance to relax in the beautiful snowy outdoors. Winter RV trips can be an affordable way to explore a popular ski destination or enjoy other outdoor winter recreation. If you are considering taking your RV out this winter, don’t let the cold weather get in your way.
Before you embark on a winter RV trip, make sure your camper is in the best condition to face the cold. By preparing your camper for harsh weather, you can protect your engine and other RV components from freezing and other damage. An adequately insulated RV will keep you and your family warm to make your winter camping experience more comfortable and enjoyable. Installing insulation is one of the best and simplest ways to keep a camper warm in the winter. Insulation around the base of the RV can also effectively block cold winter winds from damaging RV piping and sucking heat out of the camper.
Wind blowing underneath your RV can cause water tanks to freeze and suck heat out. Installing RV skirting around the base of the RV can block cold winds from damaging vehicle components and chilling the interior. Window film and reflective foil are affordable and effective ways to further insulate your RV windows. Foil-lined reflective insulation can be cut to fit your RV windows and has the added bonus of reflecting heat back into the camper. Thick fabric drapes block cold drafts around windows and keep warm air in during chilly evenings.
Freeze-ups are a common challenge for winter RV camping and can lead to plumbing damage. When ice expands in pipes and hoses, it can cause them to crack or burst if not properly insulated. Wrap your freshwater hose and sewer hose with heat strips to keep the lines warm and prevent freezing. Heat tape can be applied around valves and connections most at risk of freeze-ups. You can also add foam insulation in addition to heat tape for extra protection. Instead of connecting your RV to external water sources, fill the internal freshwater tank to use as your primary water source. This allows you to disconnect and safely store your freshwater hose. Adding a small amount of antifreeze in holding tanks can protect the valves from freezing. Only dump tanks when they are full to reduce the risk of freezing. Keep waste valves closed when not in use. Another simple technique to increase the temperature inside your RV is to park it in the sun. A sunny campsite allows the sun to naturally heat your RV and help melt any snow on the roof of your trailer. A spot with some protection from wind also helps to keep your RV warm. If you do have to park in a windy area, position your RV so the wind hits the front of the RV rather than the sides.
Make sure your batteries are fully charged and securely connected. Batteries that are only partly charged are much more likely to freeze or die in cold temperatures. Check your engine antifreeze and refill it with the proper concentration of antifreeze and water. While water may be effective for cooling an engine in warmer months, using at least 50 percent antifreeze is essential for RV camping in freezing temperatures. For camping in very cold regions, using an engine block heater can provide additional protection. Engine block heaters are meant to warm up your engine before you start it.
Check your RV furnace before your winter camping trip to ensure it is in proper working condition. If camping in extremely cold temperatures, it is best to have an inspection performed by a certified RV repair technician. Clean your furnace using compressed air or a soft brush to remove dirt and debris. Check the furnace vents for any damage or obstructions that could prevent air from flowing properly and check that the furnace air return is not blocked. Space heaters and catalytic heaters can make a huge difference for staying warm in a camper in winter. Remember that these heating methods can add moisture to the air which may cause damage to your engine and other RV components. Condensation in the engine or pipes can cause corrosion, and moisture inside your RV may lead to mold. Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture if necessary and keep your RV warm and dry.
When packing for winter travel trailer camping, it is best to prepare for even colder weather than you expect and bring back-up supplies in case of an emergency. Winter weather can be unpredictable, so prepare for a winter storm even if clear weather is in the forecast. Pack an emergency kit that includes anything you may need to repair your RV should a freeze-up or breakdown occur. When choosing clothing for your winter RV camping, look for waterproof and insulated options. Prepare for any adventure by bringing several different layers, and remember that you can always take layers off if the temperature rises. A lot of body heat can escape from your head and feet if they are not protected. Choose a warm hat and socks to stay cozy in cold temperatures. When the temperature drops in the evening, you can bundle up with extra blankets and warm clothes. If you get wet in the snow or rain, extra clothing is essential to keep you warm. Prepare for fluctuating winter temperatures by packing several different base layers made of insulating and breathable materials, like fleece and wool. Choose a winter coat that is waterproof and sufficiently warm to protect against snow and freezing rain. Bring a sleeping bag that is rated for zero degree temperatures or lower for extra warmth while sleeping. Waterproof and insulated gloves or mittens are perfect for playing in the snow or hiking in cold weather. Waterproof snow boots are a must for walking outside in snowy and wet conditions. The sun sets earlier in the winter, so you may get caught in the dark when hiking or exploring outdoors. Bring a headlamp to navigate your campsite in the evening. A battery-powered lantern can also help light up your campsite at night. When RV camping in the winter, you may need to dig your camper out of the snow. If you do not have skirting, a shovel is also useful for shoveling snow away from RV pipes to prevent freezing. If you get caught driving in the snow, RV tire chains or GripTrax traction tool can greatly improve traction on mountain roads.
Remember that at the end of the day, camping should be fun! If your RV gets too cold during your winter camping trip, there is no shame in heading into the campground facilities to warm up or booking a cabin instead of shivering outdoors. But if you love winter RV camping, then facing some snow and cold is worth it to enjoy the beautiful outdoors all winter long.
Clearwater, Florida was voted best in America. Clearwater travel resort offers reasonable rates for more than 100 full hookup sites. They have shuffleboard and a heated pool or you can venture off campus for sport fishing, kayaking or stand-up paddle board — or scream your head off on some of Florida’s best roller coasters at Busch Gardens.
Fiesta Key, Florida RV resort and Marina offers 28 acres of ocean views and fully-functional hookups, and it’s central enough that you can take a day trip to Miami, explore the Everglades or head further south. You’re also right next door to Long Key State Park, where you can hike, swim, snorkel, and bird-watch.
Orlando, Florida it’s not the least expensive option in town, Disney’s on-site campground, Fort Wilderness, is nice enough that mom and dad will have as much fun as the kids. You don’t need to venture far from camp for outdoorsy activities like archery or horseback riding, and shuttle and ferry services connect you directly to the parks. Once you’re done with a full day of magic, head home to relax poolside and grill up dinner — or belly up to the buffet at Trail’s End. Best of all? You can see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from your backyard, so skip the crowd on Main Street, USA.
Twenty-nine Palms, California has a lot to offer. It’s a gateway city for legendary Joshua Tree National Park, whose twisted namesake flora and star-studded night sky are stunners. It’s also just an hour from Palm Springs, of summer film festival fame, a mecca of recreational activities from horseback riding to golf. The Twentynine Palms RV Resort offers 168 full-hookup RV sites as well as a sauna, fitness room and pool.
Tucson, Arizona is a surprisingly vibrant warm-weather hub for snowbirds, bringing something to the table for the whole family. Have some of the country’s best tacos, explore its beautiful mountains or head to Saguaro National Park to marvel at just how big cacti really get. The 55+ RV community Far Horizons was a top rated Good Sam park in 2015, and features a mini golf course as well as a pool and sauna. And the nearby Prince of Tucson RV park offers up to 50 amps on every one of its 176 sites, some of which are 80-foot pull-thrus.
White Sands, New Mexico is a hidden gem, and White Sands National Park shouldn’t be missed, where you can sled down the huge dunes of rare gypsum sand that give the site its name. Neither, by the way, should Carlsbad Caverns, well worth the three-hour drive to the east.
Austin, Texas has been having a moment for quite a while now, and for good reason. If it’s song and dance you’re after, the city’s got you covered with its legendary fleet of venues and bars. Although it’s small enough not to have a dedicated website, Pecan Grove RV Park is right downtown and highly-rated. If man’s best friend is along for the ride, check out Austin Lone Star RV resort, which features a fenced-in pet run as well as a heated pool.
In general, we always know where the bathroom is. Home, work, out and about in our own city… but what about when you’re travelling?
Have you heard about the Flush – Toilet Finder map application?
When you’re away from your comfortable surroundings and you’re off exploring, you might need to find a place to stop and smell the roses. This app will help you find public restrooms that you can use while you’re on-the-go.
We’ve not had an opportunity to use the app ourselves, but it does sound brilliant for the constant traveler. Especially those of you who like to tour big cities.
Boasting information on over 100,000 restrooms around the world – you can download it now on IOS or Android devices.
Have you had a chance to use the app? What are your thoughts on it?
If you don’t have kids that are going back to school and you’re able to get some time off to travel, Autumn can be the best time of year to get away. You don’t need to fight the Summer travel crowds or go head-to-head with the Christmas/Holiday rush.
You’ll get the chance to check out some cool, color changing scenery in unique environments around the country. A nice spot doesn’t always have to be a warm spot, as the Northeast and parts of the West Coast can be absolutely stunning this time of year. This is especially wonderful if you don’t live in an area known for its Fall colors.
Personally, watching the leaves change around New England can be magical, but if you’re not necessarily feeling that part of the country for your travel plans, check out the list that was published by Forbes last year. Johnny Jet really nails a few of these places and gave us ideas that we hadn’t considered before. Check out that article if you get the chance.
Otherwise, it’ll be fun to get out and enjoy a nice cooler vacation after the Summer we had. Here’s hoping that it doesn’t start dumping snow early in any of these places!
Otherwise, enjoy the science behind color changing leaves…because why not?
Old Faithful Geyser is located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and is the most famous of all North American geysers. It spouts on an average of every 90 minutes. Ultimately, though, naturalists at Yellowstone have found that the geyser’s eruption can be predicted accurately only from one event to the next. Precisely when the next eruption will occur is determined by the duration of the preceding eruption: the longer an eruption, the longer the interval to the next eruption. The duration of Old Faithful’s eruptions ranges from 1.5 to 5.5 minutes. Billowing steam and 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of hot water are ejected at each eruption. The geyser’s fountainlike columns reach heights averaging about 130–140 feet, although eruption height can exceed 180 feet. During an eruption, the water temperature at the geyser’s opening is about 203–204 °F.
The Upper Geyser Basin has Yellowstone’s largest concentration of hydrothermal features and has long been the focal point for visitors to the park. The historic Old Faithful Inn (1903–04) is one of the country’s great national park lodges; Old Faithful Lodge (1918–28) and other vintage buildings are also in the vicinity. In 2010 Yellowstone park officials opened the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. The facility provides park visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the geology, hydrothermal properties, and scientific study of Old Faithful and other hydrothermal features in the park.
If you would like to watch a video of Old Faithful, click on this link
At one time, auto travel was always less expensive but less convenient than air travel. In an era of high gas prices, enhanced airport security and airfare wars, the comparison is not as cut and dried. When deciding which way to travel, be sure to consider all the factors. Each method of travel offers its own pros and cons, and your ultimate decision will be based on what is most important to you.
Your car’s seats may be significantly more comfortable than those on an airplane, unless you travel first class, but you must stay in the same position for hours. Switching drivers periodically allows everyone to change position, but you must stop moving if you want to walk around or get something to eat which air travel you do have the ability to nap, snack and walk around.
On long distance trips air travel is significantly faster than auto travel, as long as your flight is not delayed or canceled. On shorter trips, the length of time you must spend in airports could be a factor. Most airlines recommend that you arrive at least an hour or two before the flight to get through security. Claiming checked baggage could add another 30 minutes to the trip.
Weather delays are a common concern for both road trips and flights. Unlike an airplane, however, you may be able to route your car trip around significant weather problems. Even if you must stop, on a car trip you are in control of your hotel and dining options. If a flight is delayed due to weather, you may be responsible for paying for your own accommodations and dining, but your options are limited to airport hotels or those accessible by public transportation.
If your car breaks down on a road trip, you are responsible for getting it fixed and securing your own accommodations while repairs are being done. If your flight is delayed due to a mechanical failure on the airplane, the airline is generally responsible for your lodging and dining.
Add all the expenses for each method of travel together, and then compare the final results.
Click here if you would like to read some pros and cons
We have flown from Denver, Colorado to Portland, Maine and the flight was straight there and it ended up a little over 4 hours. We drove from Portland, Maine to Denver, Colorado and the drive took us a little over 3 days due to all the construction and traffic. The cost for flying was much cheaper than driving.
This is the world’s tallest thermometer in Baker, CA. Every time we travel passed we have to stop to take a picture. It is really neat to go into town and see it up close.
It is 134 feet tall in Baker, CA and is known as the “Gateway to Death Valley”. In 1990, Willis Herron, a businessman paid to have it constructed of 33 tons of steel and almost 5,000 lamps but a strong wind broke the thermometer. It was rebuilt filled with concrete and switched on October 9, 1992.
Herron died in 2007 and in 2012 it stopped working and went up for sale. In 2014 it was purchased by Herron’s daughter and his widow paid to have the thermometer repaired and officially turned it back on October 11.
We had a great time in Las Vegas, NV. Walking up and down the streets just to see all the casinos and shows they have is amazing. Here are a few pictures of some of the casinos walking around downtown. All the lights downtown are really something to see. You don’t have to gamble to enjoy yourself. We gambled a little bit since it was our sons’ 21st birthday but we had more fun just wondering around.
The Luxor or Pyramid Casino was so cool to see it both on the inside and outside.
We went to Fremont Street and ate at the “Heart Attack Grill”. We walked inside and you put on a surgical gown over your clothes. All the staff is dressed like nurses and doctors. They only sell burgers, hot dogs, fries, etc… everything is fried and “so called” bad for you. That was so fun to eat there. You have to eat everything you order or you get spanked by the nurses (waitresses). Of course my husband wanted to get spanked and they swing their arm all the way back and hit your bottom with a paddle as hard as they can. We all got a good laugh out of that. The food was really good and very reasonable priced. Make sure you go in there with an empty stomach.
Walking down Fremont Street is really neat too. You can see all the older casinos and they have different stands that sell all kinds of things
Niagara Falls in New York, is open all year long and free to walk into the park and experience the Falls. Today, the oldest American State Park retains Olmsted’s vision by staying committed to maintaining native vegetation, preserving its unparalleled vistas and providing public access. Visitors from around the world are entranced by the thundering wonder of Niagara Falls, a grand tribute to the to the men and women who fought to preserve it for all.
Where are you going?
How are you going to get there; Fly, drive, sail, train?
How long will you stay?
How long will the journey take?
Are you going to stop along the way? Where?
All of these are basic questions that should be asked prior to departure. Sadly, many of these questions are often over looked in the spirit of, “winging it,” because people feel like they know what they’re doing and can handle themselves.
Today we’re going to look at how we are travelling to our destination – Mode of transportation can impact the decisions we make along the way. Packing for a road trip is significantly different than planning for your flight. For example, you’ll need food, food storage, charging devices, and more just to survive the trip these days. With a plane, pack your bag and let the in-flight crew handle the entertainment and food.
Consider making a list of all the things you’ll need depending on your mode of travel weeks in advance of your trip. Then, take the time to actually acquire the desired items before departure. This will allow you to pre-plan and eliminate last-minute worry associated with, “did we get this,” or, “we should have brought that.”
It’s better to overthink and over-plan than it is to get caught without that one important item that can derail your entire experience. Look into how long it will take to arrive at your chosen spot based on the mode of transport. If you’re driving cross country, you will need to buy and prepare for a LONG journey ahead. If it’s a quick train ride between states…maybe bring a bag and a magazine.
When it comes down to it, all modes of transportation will require some sort of carry-storage. Consider finding the best backpack or travel bag for the trip you’re planning.
We recommend something durable, but portable like these.