As the RVing days dwindle down

 As the RVing days dwindle down

The temperature outside my Roadtrek in the driveway of our Michigan home was 34 degrees this morning.

That's the coldest yet this season and a reminder that soon, there will be no putting off the fact that it needs to be winterized.

We still have a couple of long weekend trips planned and I am hoping that I can do them without pushing antifreeze down all the pipes. It's funny, really, because even when the RV is winterized, there's no reason I can't use it. You just carry drinking water and use antifreeze to flush the toilet. No big deal.

cold weatherBut still, winterizing means winter and winter means cold and, well, the fact of the matter is this has been such a great season for our RV that I hate to see it end. November and December are the times we use it the least.

It won't be long till the first of the snowbirds head south. These are usually Class A owners and they tend to sit in one spot all season long. We're not like that with our Class B. And since we tend to move around a lot, it's hard to get reservations n Florida. Impossible, really. So I don't think we'll even try Florida this year.

Instead, we're looking at a trip after the New Year, over towards the Texas Hill Country and the southwest.

But this relatively inactive time after the first hard freeze settles in until the holidays are over always leaves me a little sad. I hate to see a good thing end… even if it's temporary.

Guess the best cure for the off season blues is to plan the next season.

How about you? What are your plans for the next couple of months?

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • I am not sure what the temps are outside but I am not far from you so I’m sure its the same here too…brrr I hate winter.
    Our plans for the next few months is to be anywhere its warm.
    Keep its rollin my friend and keep the dirty side down

  • I’m a Texan in Maine now in my 2005 LTV Freespirit–living the good life!!! I have a month to get to the Florida Keys where I have a week reservation at Long Key State Park. I HATE reservations, but in the Keys you must!!! I’ll wind my way back to Texas by mid December. I’ll do the children and grandchildren time and a huge extended family Christmas, some short trips to Rockport and Port Aransas in Texas, and yes, plan my next long trip. Leaving in March for a SLOW trip to Alaska!!!

  • Mike
    Winterize, what is that?
    You need to come to southern CA. Desert season awaits. Just finished working a week in northern CA. I am getting ready to head to the desert. And then there is the central coast. In two weeks I am heading for Pacific Grove outside of Monterey for a dance weekend. Then I am taking a few days to come home via the Big Sur Coast.
    If I felt secure enough I would be going to Baja but I am not sure about doing that one alone. Where I live you can Roadtrek all year round. Just saying….

  • I continue to travel all winter even after winterizing. Just have to improvise a bit. Generally trips are shorter … maybe two weeks at most. Boondock most of the time as in the past. My RV never sits still. Too many places to see and just not enough time to see them. 🙂

  • We left Duluth MN a week ago and headed out to coastal Maine. The weather has been beautiful, the colors are beautiful and we have another week to work our way home. Every day we have great meals in our camper, we sleep in our own bed every night and use our own bathroom wherever we are all day long. how could it get better? We have to plan our spring trip soon because we have too much fun at home during the winter. Thanks for keeping the traveling spirit alive and strong Mike, Bigfoot Dave

  • I remember the good old cold northern winters. I am currently in Georgia. We are lucky to not have to winterize until maybe January. We have campouts planned for Stone Mountain Park (Nov.) and River Forks on Lake Lanier (Dec). 2014 will begin in March. Safe travels to Texas and enjoy.

  • Mike,

    We’re planning a trip to Albuquerque for Christmas with the kids. We hope to have our RT Agile SS by then and are shopping hard. We’ve driven it a number of times and know that the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico can hold their share of surprises that time of year but we don’t like the thought of flying for the reasons you stated so eloquently. Unless I’m going to another continent, I abhore flying.


  • My Class C is going into a warehouse in Idaho while I brave the Montana/Wyoming/Yellowstone winter for a few months, playing on snowmobiles. Uncertain whether snow or wonderful Arizona desert will win out next winter! ❄️☀️

  • Only if your a sissie.

  • This is something I’ve thought about if I had an RV, why not head south like the birds when winter is approaching?? That’s what I’d do! 🙂

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