Winter RV Camping, Preparing for the snow and cold once again this year!
Once again we make full preparation for winter camping before the snow hits. We are Full Time RV’ers, and Have done a winter here already. I like working up at the ski resort as a liftie, so some Full Time RV Winter Camping skills are needed.
First, we insulate the water and sewer line both with an electric heat element tape, a temperature controlled electric tape strip that keeps the water and sewer line above 40 degrees.
Here is a set of photos showing and documenting our preparation, skirting, and a winter RV camping photo of this time last year! The winds are bringing in the cold weather now too!
The electric tape helps tremendously to help keep your water and sewer lines from freezing. automatically switches on when the temperature gets below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and is wrapped around the water and sewer lines. Then we insulate both the water and sewer line with insulation, then wrap with some sort of waterproof covering. I use aluminum tape on the water lines, and cover it. It works well, and lasts in the sun. You can wrap sewer lines in plastic bags too, but does have to be changed once in a while. Anything to prevent deep snow from soaking the insulation helps.
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Then we place 100 watt light bulb, OPEN all gray and black water sewer valves so tanks are left open. (if the tanks are empty, there is nothing to freeze!) Flush from the top for the winter.
With the base of the RV clear of items, we place our panels we made last year (recycling), a stiff R3 insulation board with aluminum backing for the outside. It worked well to split 4 foot sheets for our RV Travel Trailer, and only required 4 sheets. They only had 3, so our ends are not as “pretty” as the front door wall and sewer side.
Those are aluminum back. We use basic “tuck” aluminum tape, no waterproof aluminum tape is necessary. it did successfully come off last year, although we did pull it when it was a little cold. It is recommended, and might create paint damage. Ours was fine. We only speak for ourselves, but with our aluminum siding, it worked great! We wanted something that was sort of professional looking too.
With the entire bottom wrapped, taped up, we waited until night, the 100 watt bulb showed where there were holes, and we swept a little gravel up against the bottom of the panels to seal for drafts. The more draft free, the better, and holds more of the 100 watt bulb heat. This does burn out by the way, so should be checked, and an access door made to change the bulb.
Also there are large spike nails around the perimeter of the skirting on the inside and outside. The nails in combination with the aluminum tape, and running the skirting up a ways on the side of the RV travel trailer, makes for a very solid skirting system! Wind does not move a thing!
Well, we are ready! The RV Skirting is done, a fully Winterized RV! Winter RV Camping is upon us, and we are ready for the threatening snow, or should we say blessed snow!
Thanks for stopping. Hope yours goes as well as our experiences! This was last year!
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