Wintertime isn’t usually what comes to mind when someone mentions camping. But when temperatures drop and snow covers trees and bushes like thick frosting, there’s nothing like camping to experience all the beauty of wintertime and the activities that come with it. The freedom to camp year-round means you can experience a variety of climates, scenery, and you don’t always have to battle the crowds for a good campsite.

Protect Your Water

It’s no secret that freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on water lines. Even in a brick-and-mortar home frozen water pipes can burst. When you are living in a camper in the winter, taking special care to avoid frozen lines is just as important.

There are several solutions to combat frozen pipes but the best way to avoid a frozen RV water line is to have a heated water pipe or hose. This is by far the best option for avoiding frozen lines. Heated hoses for drinking water are pricier, but they are all inclusive and if you plan to do a lot of winter camping, well worth the investment. There is also heat tape and heat cables (sometimes called heat wraps). If you already have a hose and are looking for something economical, these alternate wrapping solutions can work to keep lines from freezing. Insulating your hose along with using a heat wrapping solution helps improve the effectiveness.

Something to remember when purchasing these heated hoses or heat wrap solutions: you get what you pay for! You may see two nearly identical hoses or heat tapes and one is much less expensive than the other. You’ll think you just got a great bargain until you realize you’re living in a camper in winter temperatures that get down to -40 or -50 degrees and your “bargain” is only rated to -20 degrees. Not a great deal in the long run.

Another thing you can do to help prevent liquids from freezing in the tanks is to keep in warm inside your RV. That doesn’t mean you need to crank up the heat and feel like you’re living in a sauna. But when you keep the temperatures above freezing on the interior of your RV, you are more likely to prevent freezing tanks from occurring.

Consider a Smaller RV

The larger your RV, the more space you have to keep warm. This also means more insulation is required. If you plan to do some winter camping, or are considering living in a camper in the winter, consider purchasing a smaller RV. Smaller size doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing amenities. Good things come in small packages and there are tons of benefits packed into many smaller RVs. One of the biggest benefits is that they are much easier to keep warm in the winter. On the flip side, they are also easier to keep cool in the summer!

If you already have a large RV and are accustomed to all the room, you may not be willing to give up those big RV benefits. Or you may have a large family that needs a larger RV. Whatever your reasons, when you have a large RV, one of the most efficient ways to warm your RV is by sectioning off areas of your interior with blankets. This will help you heat the areas you are using only when you are using them. Keeping just your usable space warm will help keep down heating costs.

You’ll still need more insulation with a larger RV, but if you can prioritize the areas above your tanks as your main areas of heated usable space, it creates a win-win because your tanks will be less likely to freeze.

Speaking of Insulation

Large or small, your RV will be equipped with stock insulation. For most camping situations the stock insulation is perfectly fine. But if you are living in a camper in the winter, the temperatures can be extremely cold. It’s a good idea to improve the insulation as much as your situation and resources allow.

This can mean adding aftermarket insulation to your entire RV to improve the heating efficiency. If you are watching your budget, there are also some basic insulation solutions. RV skirting is a great overall fix that not only insulates your entire RV by trapping warmer air in underneath your RV, but it helps keep cold air and frigid winds from blowing underneath. Simply blocking off windows is a big help when it comes to preventing heat loss. There are window insulation kits available, but many handy and rather ingenious ideas for using plexiglass, blankets and even bubble wrap are available as well. Resourcefulness is a great trait to have when you’re camping any time of year, but very handy when you’re camping in the winter.

Prepare Enough Propane

You may not be surprised that living in a camper in the winter can be tough on your heating system. Ensuring that you are stocked up with enough propane tanks to last for your entire trip is critical. Running out of propane when you’re camping in the winter isn’t a mere inconvenience. It can jeopardize your physical well-being along with your water tanks. So, be sure to stock at least one extra tank. That way if one tank runs out, you can still have heat while you refill the empty tank. This is especially important when you are camping in a location that doesn’t offer on-site propane fills.

Safe Driving is a Must

No matter how many times you’ve driven with your camper in the other three seasons, it is crucial to make sure you’re comfortable driving it on slick and snowy roads. If the roads are snowy or icy before you take a long trip away from home, take the chance to get out there and practice some driving. While any vehicle is difficult to maneuver through snow, towing a travel trailer or driving an RV take difficult driving to a whole new level. Something as routine as backing up can become quite an ordeal if you aren’t prepared.

Getting stuck in a snowbank is no one’s idea of a vacation, and even less fun when you’re towing an RV. Keeping tire chains on hand is a good idea and you’ll be extremely glad you have them should you ever need them. It’s important to know what the local laws are about tire chain usage. Even if you’re living in a camper in the winter, if you need to relocated and the road conditions are dangerous, tire chains can make all the difference.

While there are a few unique things to keep in mind when you are winter camping vs. other times of the year, there really isn’t anything that compares to it when you want to experience all the beauty of wintertime and the activities that come with it.

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Crisp, cool air and a burst of color from the changing leaves greet you as the sun peeks up over the horizon. Steam from your morning coffee rises, twisting through the morning air. The stillness is only disturbed by the crunch of leaves underfoot as you walk over to sit at the picnic table and enjoy the quiet morning moments. Fall weather is best enjoyed up close out in nature and one of the best ways to get close to nature is with a fall RVing trip.

Benefits of Fall RVing

Skip the Crowds

Summer is the most popular time for camping, so when cooler temperatures arrive, many take it as a sign that camping season is over. This is good news for you! With fewer people camping, choosing the ideal campsite becomes easier. More campsites are open and you’ll enjoy more “elbow room” to experience nature without feeling crowded. Campgrounds aren’t full of the throngs of people who flock to campsites in the summer. But they aren’t ghost towns in the fall (although there may be ghosts and goblins near Halloween). So, if you enjoy socializing with other campers, you’ll still have neighbors, but also more freedom to keep to yourself if you are looking for a quiet commune with nature.

Comfortable Temperature

Fall RVing brings milder weather. While summer camping is fun, sweltering heat can make those summer days – and nights – exhausting. It’s easier to dress for the cooler temps and bring a jacket or sweatshirt along. Those campers who enjoy making the most of hiking, biking, or other outdoor activities can do so without having to worry about the risks of excessive heat.

Bye Bye Bugs

One part of summer camping that you won’t miss with fall RVing is the bugs! Fall is too cold for many of those intolerable insects. Camping in the cooler weather means more room to pack marshmallows for the campfire because you can leave your bug spray behind! Your family, including pets, will be safer and incur fewer bug bites or stings when the mercury dips down in the fall.

Best Camping Atmosphere

Fall foliage makes an incredible backdrop to any campsite when you’re taking advantage of fall RVing. Colors pop and there’s a stillness in the air that makes nature come alive. There’s a different smell to the fresh air as you walk down a path or sit on a rock and watch a chipmunk skitter under a log.

One of the best parts of camping is sitting around the campfire. Cozy campfires can take the chill out of the fall evenings and make the best part of camping even better. And with the longer nights, you can spend even more time gathered around the flames, warming your hands, swapping stories, and roasting marshmallows.

Longer nights bring another bonus – better sleeping weather! Not only does the cool night air make for a better night’s sleep, but the shorter days and longer nights means a later sunrise leaves you more time to snuggle under the blankets and savor sleeping in.

Tips for Fall RVing

Pack a Variety of Clothes

When you’re packing for a fall RVing trip, remember that fall weather can take dramatic swings. Pack appropriately and dress in layers because this time of year, a 20-degree change in temperature can happen quickly. You want to be ready for warm days or temps that can be near-freezing. And whether you find it unfortunate or exciting, those temperature extremes can all happen in one day! Fall also brings rain, so pack extra clothes and socks so you don’t have to be miserable and soggy.

Keep Your Roof Clear of Leaves

A clean RV roof helps deter damage. It also prevents blocked vents and keeps your RV cleaner overall. One thing to keep in mind about that beautiful fall foliage – those leaves don’t stay on the trees forever. Falling leaves end up on your RV rooftop, along with acorns, pinecones, or any number of other types of debris. Be sure to check your roof and keep it clear as part of your fall RVing trip.

Choose the Right Destination

No matter what time of year, the right campsite can make all the difference. So, when you consider fall RVing, plan your trip carefully. There are plenty of color tour resources to help you choose a destination. Consider looking into the local harvest festivals and other activities once you have decided on your campground or boondocking location. There are plenty of things to do here in the Midwest and fall RVing is a great way to enjoy the drive and the journey’s end when you’re going on a fall foliage tour, or just enjoying a last hurrah as a weekend warrior!

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5 Major RV Roof Repair Tips

The roof of your RV is one of the most important features no matter what type of RV you have. If the roof didn’t matter, you’d simply sleep out under the stars or in a tent. But many an RVer started out as a tent camper who was rained on one time too many! So, how do you care for your precious roof and avoid RV roof repair as long as possible? Read on to learn 5 major tips for RV roof repair and maintenance.

Protect Your RV from UV Damage

There most popular time to camp is summertime. However, as enjoyable as it is to be in the sun, when your RV is parked in the sun, your roof is taking a beating. It’s a fact that RV roofs are vulnerable to damage from the sun; and the extent of the damage is directly related to the amount of time you are having fun in the sun!

But don’t worry, there are steps you can take to protect your RV from UV damage and prolong the need for RV roof repair. First, if it is possible to store your RV indoors between your camping excursions, then it is one of the easiest ways to care for your RV – roof and all. Next, consider an RV roof protectant. These can protect against UV rays, stains, and even keep your roof and the sealants and caulking on it from drying out and cracking.

Finally, when you are camping, or when you store your RV when you don’t have indoor storage available, make every effort to park in the shade to keep heat and sun damage to a minimum. It is good to remember that if you are parking under a tree for shade, consider the type of tree and the time of year. Certain trees can drip sap on your RV. And while fall can be a beautiful time for a color tour, it’s the time of year when trees can drop leaves, debris or even nuts on your roof – which can be especially noisy at night!

Reseal Seams on the Roof

Time marches on and after several years it may feel like it has been marching on your RV. Keeping up with RV roof repair can be a very worthwhile investment. It’s also a recommended maintenance by most RV manufacturers to inspect and reseal seams every 90 days at a minimum.

Properly sealed joints are an important part of roof maintenance. Anything that involves the roof such as fans, vents, or AC units will have joints that will eventually need to be resealed. These fixtures, while necessary for the comfort and safety of your RV living, were installed by cutting a hole in the roof to install them. Even though the holes are sealed once the installation is complete, time and weather eventually take their toll and resealing is necessary.

When your roof seam are properly sealed it is easier to keep moisture out and maintain the desired temperature in your RV. This means that ultimately sealed joints save you money because it can cut down on heating and cooling costs. A well-maintained RV lasts longer and has a higher resale value when you are ready to upgrade.

However, it is possible that even with regular seam sealing, in time you may need extensive resealing. There are products you can use to reseal your entire roof depending on the type of roof you have. The type of roof you have determines the type of care it needs.

At All American Coach here in Sylvania, Ohio, many of the RV models we carry use one of two types of roof membranes. You can learn more about them, including tips for taking care of these roof types:

 One thing that is of the utmost importance is to use the correct sealant for the type of roof you have. Using the wrong product on your roof can result in more than just RV roof repair; you could cause damage that would require an entire roof replacement!

Cleaning the Roof

RV roof repair can be expensive and regular cleaning is one of the best and easiest steps in maintaining your RV roof. Unlike the roof on your home, which you may never climb up on, your RV roof needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep it in good condition. If your RV roof is safe to walk on, getting up on your rooftop to give it a good scrub is also the perfect time to clear away any debris as well as inspect for any damage that may need repair.

Other types of RV rooftops aren’t rated for bearing weight like a person walking around. For these, you’ll need to clean it from atop a ladder or from a raised position without getting on the roof. You may also be able to use ply decking to create walkways on top without damaging the membrane. As always, err on the side of safety when it comes to doing anything on ladders or on top of RVs!

There are plenty of roof cleaner products available. You’ll want to be sure to check that you’re using the proper cleaning solution for the type of RV roof you have. For instance, steer clear of using petroleum-based products on rubber roofs. It could cause damage that is beyond simple RV roof repair and requires roof replacement.

Some RV Roof Repairs Are Actually Replacements

Even with proper care, over time simple RV roof repair may not be enough. If time has worn down your roof or if you have extensive damage, it may actually be time to consider replacing your entire RV roof. Replacement costs will vary depending on the type of roof you have. It can be a costly, so depending on the length of your RV, plan to spend several hundreds to thousands of dollars.

The good news is, while it can be a sizeable investment, it will be far less expensive than purchasing a new RV and, depending on your skill level, it could be a DIY project. But whether you have it professionally replaced, or have the experience to tackle the job yourself, you will eventually be able to get back on the road.

Avoid Repairs with an RV Roof Cover

One way to minimize long-term damage to your roof is with an RV roof cover. A cover can lower the risk of needing RV roof repair by protecting your roof from the sun and elements. There are full RV covers which are great for storage and keeping your whole RV protected, not just your roof. Some covers give extra protection only to your roof. But either option is a good investment and a way to postpone RV roof repairs as long as possible.

There are covers designed to be left on even while you are camping. These covers leave doors accessible and as an added benefit, they keep your RV protected from excess heat while you are camping which can cut down on your cooling expenses. Covers also help protect against dirt and debris. They also add an additional layer of protection against rain which is important since that last soggy tent camping trip is likely the reason you are a proud RV owner, or looking to become one!

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