With the first hint of fall popping up in the post-Labor Day blues, the chilly air may seem like a shell shock if you’re not amply prepared. With the kids back in school and summer seeming like a distant memory, if you have the chance to squeeze in one last road trip or outdoor adventure before fully getting acclimated to the grid – jump on the chance. Most RVs weren't designed to be used in cold weather so if you’re planning a fall or winter escape, it pays to take the necessary precautions to ensure you’re safe and warm for maximum comfort.
Things to consider:
Most RV windows are single-paned and do not seal well, but there are a few MacGyver tricks that can work around this. You could cover the windows with Plexiglas or Lexan attached with brackets, Velcro, tape, or shrink-wrap them from the inside, securing with a hairdryer. For the roof, shrink-wrap can also be used to conceal vents or fiberglass insulation can be cut and secured with a piece of cardboard.
Moisture from cooking and showering can raise the humidity inside the RV and condense on cooler inside surfaces like window frames and doors, which can lead to mold and mildew, water stains or further damage. Make sure you use a vent and dehumidifier as much as possible to protect your investment.
Many people prefer to use a portable electric heater to heat their RV because it doesn't add condensation to the air and costs just pennies an hour to run, which is much cheaper than propane. We offer a number of freestanding electric stoves that can heat up to 400 sq.ft. or 1000 sq.ft. if it’s an infrared model. For a more permanent solution, consider a built-in electric fireplace insert that can be concealed with trim to match your rig.