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Your Ultimate Guide to Winter RV Camping (Tips, Videos & Resources)

| Updated Jan 15, 2024

This ultimate guide provides tips, videos, and resources for winter RV camping. You'll be better prepared (& safe) to enjoy winter adventures…

We love winter camping! Even the same exact campground you visited in summer can be completely transformed by a blanket of snow. You'll have an entirely different experience with new views and activities to enjoy.

Winter RV camping does require some extra planning and preparation, but it's not as bad as you might think. Once you know how to prepare your RV for the cold and pack accordingly, you're good to go.

This ULTIMATE GUIDE brings all our winter camping tips and resources to one place. It has videos, tips, and different links to click on for expanded articles and information. This guide covers winter driving, insulating your RV, what clothes to pack, what national parks to visit in the winter, and much more!

**If you want this info and more, check out our new Winter RV Camping Guide ebook.**

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Our Top 5 Winter Camping Tips (video)

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This short video narrows down our Top 5 winter camping tips. It's a 1-minute crash course on tips to stay warm, what to do about water, and how to flush your toilet when camping in the snow.

This video is a great introduction, but we also recommend watching this next video…

Ultimate RV Winter Camping Tips (video)

In this video we share our tips and tricks to set up for a comfortable winter campout and explore some fun winter activities along the way. Winter campouts and boondocking in an RV may be daunting during low temperatures, but if you are prepared, it can be a wonderful time.

Would you rather read these tips than watch the video? If so, check out this article…

27 Effortless Winter Camping Tips for RVers

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We are always amazed at how many RVers who live in northern states and provinces leave their RV in storage from the first frost until spring.

Some, we know, are snowbirds, heading out for warmer temps in the South and Southwest. But so many others winterize their RVs and just leave them sitting there all winter.

Not Jennifer and me. We camp in our RV every month. And we love camping in the snow. In this article, we share 27 general tips for winter RV camping… Keep reading…

7 More General Winter Camping Tips

At the beginning of this article, we share how we camped in -27F weather. Yes, you read that right: 27 degrees below zero.

We managed to stay nice and cozy when in the RV, and it is undoubtedly one of our most memorable trips. And we mean memorable in a good way!

Towards the end of the article, we share 7 more general winter camping tips. There's a bit of overlap from the previous 27 winter camping tips, but there are a few tips we didn't cover in the previous article. Keep reading…

How to Insulate a Camper for Winter Use

How to Dewinterize Your RV From the Outside In

RV electric heaters, or even a small space heater, can easily warm up small spaces. But if you do not insulate your rig, that heat can escape right through an exterior wall. And there is nothing fun about being cold on a chilly night!

But there are some simple insulation changes you can make to help keep your RV heat source running efficiently, and keep the warm air indoors where it belongs!

Here are 11 helpful tips on how to insulate your RV for winter use… Keep reading…

30+ RV Winter Driving Tips AND Interactive Maps!

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Cold temperatures, snowy roads, and limited daylight can all make for a more difficult and dangerous RV trip.

However, with proper preparation and knowledge, you can safely navigate the winter roads and enjoy all the beauty and serenity of winter camping.

In this blog post, we will share expert tips on how to prepare your RV for winter months, plan your winter RV trip, and drive safely in cold weather conditions. Keep reading…

5 Best Electric Heaters for RVs

When camping in winter (and especially in freezing weather), it's always a good idea to have a backup heater. Your RV heater may be unable to keep up with the demand or may even break at some point.

To avoid being left out in the cold, we recommend bringing an electric heater along. You can use it in conjunction with your RV heater or, if necessary, to help keep you warm if your heater breaks.

In this article, we share 3 important tips for selecting an RV electric heater along with our top 5 choice. Keep reading…

How to Heat a Camper Without Electricity (Be Prepared!)

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Inserting Reflectix in Side Door Windows

Unless you’re an experienced boondocker, you’re likely used to the convenience of an electric hookup. That hookup keeps your camper heated and yourself comfy. 

But electric hookups aren't always available, or maybe you’re just dry camping.. Or, you may find yourself in an emergency situation without access to electricity.

Here is an in-depth guide on how to heat a camper without electricity, ranging from simple to more complex. Keep reading…

How to Keep Your RV Pipes from Freezing While Camping

 One of the most critical issues to be aware of with winter RV camping is the risk of frozen pipes, which can cause serious damage to your RV's plumbing system. And don't forget about your RV holding tanks! In severe cold, these can freeze, too.

In this article, we'll discuss the steps you can take to keep your RV's pipes from freezing while camping in cold weather. And we put all the links on our Winter Amazon List for you to explore. Keep reading…

The article includes options for skirting your RV. But, you may also want to watch this video on airskirts:

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What to Wear Hiking in Winter from Head to Toe

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Snowshoe hiking is a lot of fun!

You know what they say: there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.

So, after checking the weather forecast and trail conditions, you just need to prepare for the cold weather with the proper clothing and gear. (Don't forget booties for your dog!)

With the following tips, winter hikers can keep warm, regulate their body temperature, and stay as safe as possible while enjoying nature in its coldest element. Keep reading…

11 Emergency Winterization Tips for Campers Caught in Sudden Cold

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We often hear stories of campers caught in sudden cold and how their plans were interrupted by dangerous circumstances that not only exposed their RV to risk but also their personal safety.

In this article, we share a podcast where we interviewed several campers who found themselves suddenly caught in freezing temperatures.

The article also list emergency winterization tips to protect you and your RV in such a situation. Keep reading…

3 Life Safety Detectors You NEED in Your RV

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No matter WHEN you camp, you should always make sure you have these 3 life safety detectors in your RV. More importantly, you need to test them regularly to make sure they're working!

However, it's especially important that these detectors are working while winter camping. Why? Because winter camping typically puts more strain on appliances and systems that can lead to fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and even explosions.

So, be sure these life after detectors are installed and working! Keep reading…

How to Detect Carbon Monoxide in Your RV

Close-up Of A Person's Hand Using a Screwdriver To Install a Smoke Detector On the Ceiling

If you're using your RV heater round-the-clock, it's imperative you know how to detect carbon monoxide in your RV. As you may know, RV heaters and any other propane appliances are common culprits of carbon monoxide poisoning.

You don't want to fall victim to this odorless, poisonous gas!

This article carefully explains how to detect carbon monoxide in your RV before it's too late! By knowing these tips, you can prevent poisoning and even possible explosions… Keep reading…

7 RV Propane Safety Tips to Prevent an EXPLOSION

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A quick Google search of “RV blows up” will produce more results than you might think. Even if you amend the search to include this year or even month, you'll likely see recent news stories.

That's why every RVer needs to practice propane tank safety. You need to know how to store it, when to turn it off, how to detect leaks, and more.

I'm going to give you several RV propane safety tips to help keep you and your family safe. It's a good idea to share this with fellow RVers, too, who may be taking their safety for granted. Keep reading…

Is It ILLEGAL to Have Propane on While Driving an RV? (Is It Safe?!)

Many RV heating systems use propane. And, as we know, whenever we use propane, there's the potential for propane leaks. And propane leaks mean a potential for carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.

While the risk is small, it is still a very real risk. Many RVers have lost their lives to propane-related incidents.

That's why there's a lot of controversy over whether or not propane should be on while driving. It's especially tempting if trying to keep your RV warm while driving, too. Which is why you should keep reading this article to learn more…

Why We Should Not Trust GPS Completely

Why We Should Not Trust GPS completely

GPS does not take weather conditions into account unless there is an official road closure. And trusting GPS blindly can leave you into a very dangerous situation.

In this article, we share a tragic story of a couple who became stranded due to bad GPS directions. Both suffered badly, and unfortunately, one lost their life.

It's a sad yet important warning of why RVers should never trust GPS completely. The article also gives tips on how to avoid GPS leading you to such a fate, especially in winter conditions… keep reading…

Family Tracker Apps: RVers Set Family at Ease with Life360

The Life360 app (like other family tracker apps) allows users in the same “circle” to see where each person is wherever there is a satellite connection.

I will tell you more about Life360 and a couple of alternative family locator apps RVers can use.

(By the way, we are NOT affiliates of Life360… just happy customers.) Keep reading…

When to Replace RV Tires (Advice from Real RVers)

Before you go winter camping, you need to assess your RV tires. This is important to do before any RV trip, but especially important if driving in wet and icy conditions.

Many new RVers are surprised to learn how often they really need to change RV tires. It may be more often than you want to, but you can learn from other RVers' experience that it's well worth it.

In this article, REAL RVers share their advice and experiences. Keep reading…

10 National Park Adventures Perfect for Winter

Grand Teton National Park

When it comes to national park adventures, winter pursuits can be just as thrilling for many than summer ventures.

Whether you're in the mood for downhill ski runs or the quiet bliss of solitude in a please-let-there-be-no-cell-service zone, America’s Best Idea has something for everyone, regardless of where you fall on the ideal Fahrenheit-reading spectrum.

In this article, we cover 10 great wintertime national park adventures to consider adding to your bucket list… Keep reading… 

Our Winter Camping Trips

We weren't lying when we said we love winter camping trips! We have quite a few articles on our favorite cold-weather adventures.

Our trips may inspire you for your next RV trip. So, here's a sampling of some our RV winter camping trips:

Camping Comfort Food for Chilly Nights

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Comfort food warms the soul and the tummy! If you're camping this winter, try the following delicious comfort food recipes from our sister site, CampingFoodRecipes.com:

We Are Huge Fans of Winter Camping!

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Now we say that knowing many people are not. Indeed, you need to actually enjoy snow and cold. But we know there are thousands of RVers out there who just need a little coaxing and some tips to get out there and have fun in their RVs year-round.

So that’s why we wrote The Winter RV Camping Guide.

In this 36-page ebook – (NOT a Print book) we’ll walk you through what you need to do before you leave home to get your rig winter-ready, and we’ll cover what to do when setting up camp.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2024-01-15

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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