Staying Warm with Reflectix

 Staying Warm with Reflectix

There's a whole bunch of us camping in the cold northwoods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this weekend  and though we're surrounded by massive amounts of  snow, we are  nice and toasty warm inside our RVs.

We're at Tahquamenon Falls State Park and this is an annual event for most of us, filled with snowshoeing, big campfires, hiking, photography and – this year – dogsledding.

We'll have Facebook Live reports Friday and Saturday on the Roadtreking Facebook Group where you can see us live and ask questions. But one question we get asked a lot is how do you stay warm inside the RV? Besides our heaters, the secret for many of us is Reflectix, a reflective bubble wrap form of insulation. It comes in 25 foot long rolls at the big box home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot.

I put together this video to show how to use it in your RV:

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 made reflectix window covers for all of our 2006 P and then I covered them with Material using a hot glue gun. The reflectrix plain reminded me of the old conspiracy theory people in the movies that used aluminum foil over their windowsto keep the government from listening. Mine look good and keep the heat in.

  • We also use the panels to block out light at night and helps keep us cool in the summer I have a panel made for every window.

  • Great idea but I am in a 32′ Travel Trailer with 1 slide out and I live in it which I love but every night my windows are dripping wet with moisture. I keep it at 60′ in the evening and 70′ during the day I have a pet parrot that lives with me also. The moisture is awful and I do use a dehumidifier it fills the bucket! I would love to use this but will it trap the moisture in? I also have a air filter for dust and dander from my parrot. I supplement the heat with a radiant heater and use the propane heater at night. What else can I do? Thank you and Happy Camping! 😊

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