How Owning an RV Cuts Back On Travel-Induced Stress

Stress less. Travel more.

Feeling stressed? Go RVing! The flexibility and freedom of owning an RV cuts back on travel-induced stress thanks to a variety of reasons! If you don’t already own an RV, this just might convince you to make the worthwhile investment and pack up for a relaxing lifestyle!

Get Closer To Nature

Get out in nature through RVing

One of the biggest draws for most RV owners is that camping in an RV allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the wilderness! Although this may not be ideal for every person, those who love the outdoors will find this relaxing!

Flexibility

RVing gives you endless travel possibilities

The freedom that RV travel offers is a huge draw for any RVer! Practically no destination is off limits when traveling with an RV! If you don’t really like your surroundings where you’re staying, just pack up and move! Feeling adventurous and want a change of scenery? Go for it! And with camping available anywhere from public land to luxury resorts, you can pick a destination that will best alleviate your stress!

Cheaper Than Other Forms Of Travel

Save money on your next vacation and invest in an RV.

 

Pretty much any way you chalk it up, RVing is cheaper than any other form of travel! Even with the fluctuating price of gas, you’ll save a substantial amount of money by skipping expensive airfare, overpriced hotels, restaurant meals, car rentals, and other travel expenses. As studies show, money is the main cause of stress for a substantial amount of Americans, so the more you save, the less stress you’ll feel!

Camping Is More Fun

RVing is more fun

This, of course, depends on your opinion, but camping is generally a lot more fun than other types of travel, so you can stay stress-free doing enjoyable activities! Nothing really beats kicking back around the campfire while enjoying the company of friends, roasting some marshmallows, and having a great time! RV camping also puts you right in the heart of locations that feature fun and relaxing hobbies and activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, biking, playing a pickup game of your favorite sport, and so much more! All you really have to do is step out of your RV and adventure will be right there waiting for you!

A Relaxed Community

Enjoy a community full of relaxed campers

The RV lifestyle is known for being a more relaxed, go-with-the-flow way to live, which is why so many people are drawn to it in the first place! Although there are those out there who unfortunately break the mold, you’ll always be surrounded by a community of other RVers who are loving the RV lifestyle! The chill vibes of your neighbors will help you to relax and enjoy RV life!

Living Full Time Is Easy

Off the grid living made easy

Another way that owning an RV cuts back on travel stress is the fact that RVing is inexpensive and easy enough to do full time! Since you can have everything you’ll need right in your RV, you can easily break away from stressful, ordinary, everyday life and spend your days relaxing in your RV! With “workamping” jobs available that make camping practically free, it takes a lot of stress out of financial planning so you can live life the way you want to!

A Simplified Way Of Living

Simplify your life and go RVing

Whether you’re camping full time or just looking forward to exciting weekend getaways, RV travel is a more simplified way to live! You’ll have less belongings to deal with than in your regular home, and packing is incredibly easy as most RVs come with wardrobe closets, pantries, overhead cabinets, and other handy storage spaces! This takes the stress out of packing, since you can leave a lot of supplies and essentials right in your RV!

It’s true: owning an RV cuts back on travel-induced stress! All you need is the lust for an adventurous lifestyle, and an RV of course! What other ways does your RV help to reduce stress? Leave us a comment to let us know!

TerryTown's explanation for why RVing will reduce your travel-induced stress!

Wilderness Couture: Camping Closet That Doesn’t Compromise Style

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The campfire won’t be the only thing that will be smokin’ on your next camping trip! This style guide to wilderness couture will make sure that your camping closet doesn’t compromise your personal style! Who says you can’t be both fashionable and functional while camping?

Women

You don’t have to go full glamping to stay fashionable while camping! We acknowledge that all women are different, and many choose to keep things simple when in the wilderness, but there’s no shame in taking your sense of style along with you either! Here are plenty of great ideas for clothing and accessories that are both trendy and comfortable for your adventures!

Summer Styles

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summer clothing for women

Sun Hats

Sun hats and floppy-brimmed hats have been a big trend over the past few years! Not only will you look stylish, but you’ll be protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays!

Sports Bras

Strappy demi bras have been huge lately, but they aren’t very practical for camping or hiking! You can still enjoy this trend with a stylish sports bra! If straps and crisscrosses aren’t your thing, pick a cute color or pattern and you’ll stay well-supported for any activity!

Headbands and Buffs

Bring along some cute headbands for when your hair is on day three of a dry shampoo (no shame!) These can add a nice personal flair, but can also be functional! Buffs are versatile and can be worn for a variety of uses from headbands to scarves!

Yoga Pants and Leggings

Who doesn’t like to be comfy? Yoga pants and leggings are great for a variety of activities from light hiking to lounging by the campfire! The variety in colors and patterns will allow you to show your unique taste! Invest in some with higher-quality material to avoid rips and snags while you’re out exploring!

Swimwear

Just like regular clothing, swimwear comes in a variety of styles and colors, and is a good way to bring along your personal style while you’re out in the wilderness!

Fall and Winter

womens winter wardrobe

womens fall wardrobe

Flannel

As the weather turns, pull out your soft flannel shirts and you’ll definitely stay cozy! Flannel has been trending for the last few years, and is a favorite with many because it comes in tons of styles! Layering is another way to say fashionable, so pair your flannel with a cozy vest for added warmth!

Thermal and Fleece Leggings

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to abandon your leggings for the season! Fleece leggings are so warm and cozy, with plush inner linings that will make it feel like you’re wearing a fuzzy blanket no matter where you go! Thermal leggings are great for cold weather too, especially for outdoor activities, as most of them feature moisture-wicking material so you can stay warm and dry!

Boot Socks

Who doesn’t love a great pair of socks? Boot socks come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and are super fashionable with cute trim and buttons! Wear a cute pair of merino wool boot socks with duck boots and you’ll be looking on point during the colder months!

Men

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mens camping wardrobe

Men like to look good while camping too! Although there isn’t as much of a variety of clothing for men, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring along your favorite trends into the wilderness! Celebrate your rugged side with these mod ideas!

Plaid and Flannel

When you think of rugged camping, what’s the first thing that comes to mind for men’s clothing? For us, it’s plaid, and it’s not just for logging camps! It’s warm, comfortable, and an easy trend that even fashion-impaired guys can pull off to look dapper!

Boots

A good pair of boots are ideal for a variety of outfits! Just about every brand of top outdoor clothing outfitters sells sleek hiking boots that add a touch of modern style! This is great for all those guys out there that think one pair of shoes is all you need in a wardrobe! This time, they’ll be right!

Cargo Pants/Shorts

Cargo pants have been the butt of many fashion jokes since about 2004, but they’re great for camping! Sleeker, tighter-fitting styles and modern cuts transform these pants from their former made-for-dad-bod design into smart and functional outfit staples!

Something For Everyone

clothes for everyone

There are plenty of fashion trends that are great for everyone! Enjoy these smart items to keep your camping style going!

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are important for any outdoor excursion to keep your eyes protected, and come in tons of different styles! It’ll be easy to stay healthy and looking good!

Punny Camping-Themed Shirts

What better way to show your love for both camping and fashion than with a shirt laden with camping puns? A quick search shows everything from funny puns and pop-culture camping references to just plain cute designs!

Vests

Layering is both fashionable and functional to help keep you warmer when it gets cold out! Pop a vest over your plaids or fleece jackets and you’ll be cozy and look good!

Portable Glamping Tents

You don’t have to go to a resort to go glamping! Bring the safari tent with you wherever you go! Ok, so this isn’t necessarily something you’d find in your closet, but it totally captures your free spirit and taste for the finer things, if that’s your style! Decorate the inside with throw rugs, tapestries, and more!

Winter Wear

You absolutely need durable winter accessories if you’re camping or exploring in the snow, and it’s a good opportunity to show off your snowy style! Beanies and headbands never seem to go out of style, and come in endless trendy patterns and materials! Gloves, scarves, and mittens are great too!

The Perfect Kicks

A great pair of tennis shoes goes a long way while camping! They come in tons of different colors and patterns for a variety of uses, so lace up and show off your awesome footwear!

Head out for adventure and dress to impress! Use these great ideas for trendy wilderness couture and you definitely won’t compromise your personal style! What other trends can’t you live without while camping? Comment to share your fashion ideas!

How To “Responsibly” Run Away: A Guide For Wanderlusting Millennials

always travel responsibly

Millennials are quite familiar with how we are perceived by older generations. From baby boomers labeling us as lazy, spoiled, screen-obsessed narcissists, to Gen-Xers who believe we’re destined to live in our parents’ basements for all of eternity, trust us, you’ve made your opinions known. And while we, as a generation, might not prescribe to the stereotypes given to us by our predecessors, I think we can agree on some commonalities, starting with our shared lust for adventure.

Perhaps learning from past generations who claim their biggest regrets in life are working too much and not experiencing enough, Millennials are determined to make the most of the time they have – even if that means not waiting until retirement to start taking a serious look at their bucket lists. So if you’re a twenty-something who’s wondering how to responsibly run away and travel the country, take a look at this guide for wanderlusting Millennials. And then get out there and start making those older generations jealous!

Be Spontaneous, But Be Smart Too

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When you start itching for an adventure, you might feel tempted to just quit your job, load up your backpack, and head off on a perpetual, impromptu road trip. While this spontaneity might be enticing, you’ll probably be able to sustain your adventures a lot longer if you add some foresight to the planning process. This doesn’t mean that you need to have a meticulously-detailed itinerary, but you might want to have a direction in mind. Here are some things to consider as you prepare for your adventure:

Budget

Ask yourself how you plan to fund your travels. A drained bank account will be the arch nemesis of your adventuring escapades, so find a way to manage an income even as you’re on the move. Making money from the road isn’t impossible, and with technology becoming increasingly more prominent, remote job opportunities are becoming increasingly more common. Consider starting a blog, taking on “workamping” gigs, participating in volunteer trips, or utilizing your unique talents to garner cash in other ways. You don’t need a steady paycheck to travel, but you will at least need a small source of income.

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Transportation

Gone are the days where you can travel across the country just by sticking out your thumb. While hitchhiking might be extremely cost-effective, we wouldn’t recommend it as a reliable means of transport anymore. So how exactly do you plan on getting from point A to point B? If you want to travel internationally, consider getting a rail pass and utilizing public transport systems. And for help finding overnight accommodations, AirBnB and Couchsurfing can be great resources. But if you want to test the waters and take your adventures one continent at a time, one of the cheapest means of travel is going to be an RV. RVs not only eliminate the need to pay for hotels and short-term lodging, but they also save you money on the cost of food because, with your own portable kitchen, you won’t be forced to eat out for each meal. Additionally, you’ll also have the luxury of bringing along a lot more than you would in just a backpack or luggage bag.

transportation

It’s Not All About Your Instagram Account

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In the era of FOMO (fear of missing out), it can be all too easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. And for some, missing out might be one of the biggest driving factors contributing to their sense of wanderlust. We understand the feeling of stewing with envy as you scroll through your Facebook feed seeing nothing but a series of your old high-school chums posing, arms outstretched, in front of some beautiful, exotic landscapes. But remember, travel is about more than just having another enviable photo to put up on your Instagram, and it’s certainly about more than just amassing ‘Likes.’ So don’t start your adventures just to make yourself look interesting on social media, and don’t diminish the quality of your adventures by experiencing them through the screen of your smart phone. Talk to new people, try new foods, and take on new challenges. And if you happen to snap a couple selfies along the way, who can blame you?

Keep Your Family Close, Keep Strangers Even Closer

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Leaving your loved ones behind can be one of the hardest parts about “running away.” You might miss out on some special moments and you might even grow a little homesick from time to time. So make it a priority to stay in touch and keep close contact as much as you can from the road. With that being said, you should also make it a priority to meet plenty of new people while you travel too. Networking on the road is vital to opening up new possibilities. You might meet fellow travelers who can give you great insights that enhance your experiences and help your budget. Build connections with people from places you’d like to visit, and continue to cultivate those friendships even after you go your separate ways.

You can try to label Millennials as a generation of work-deprived, self-obsessed Wi-Fi junkies whose thirst for adventure is rooted in their need for instant gratification. But wanting to have amazing experiences early in life isn’t a desire completely unique to today’s twenty-somethings. Wanderlust exists in every age group. Perhaps Millennials are just the first generation that’s not willing to ignore it.

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How to Rid Your Clothes of the Campfire Smell

 

Family around a bonfire.

Last night was epic! The drinks were flowing, stories were being shared, and all your friends were gathered around a roaring campfire. This was just how you pictured the start of the camping season! But when you woke in the morning and started brewing your coffee, you couldn’t escape the pungent smell of last night’s campfire. It wasn’t because your fire hadn’t burned out, it was because your clothes reeked of smoke! Even though it’d been hours since you were around the fire, the smell of it was lingering on your clothes, giving you a headache. Luckily, you’re not doomed to wear the smell of your campfire for the rest of your trip thanks to a few tips we have for ridding your clothes of the campfire smell. Read on to learn how to freshen up and deodorize your favorite camping clothes!

Steam ‘Em

Use the bathtub as a way to steam your clothes

If you have a full bath in your RV, then this method should be an easy one for you. First, hang your smelly campfire clothes in the bathroom from either the curtain rod or the inside door handle. Fill the shower/tub with hot water. Then add four cups of white vinegar. Close the bathroom door(s) and let the solution sit in the tub for 10 minutes while your clothes hang freely in the bathroom. The acetic acid found in white vinegar works to remove smells from clothing as it rises up in the steam from the hot water. If your clothes still smell of last night’s campfire after ten minutes or so, heat up the water/vinegar mix with fresh hot water and give it a little more time.

Spritz ‘Em

Use a spray bottle to spray away the bonfire smell on your clothes

Check your refrigerator’s fruit bin for this next tip. Grab a lemon or lime and a grater and start zesting it. You’re going to use the zest to make a water-and-zest solution to help freshen up your clothes. In a small squirt bottle, create a solution that is 1 part zest and 8 parts warm water. Let the solution sit and mingle for 30 minutes. Then thoroughly spray your campfire clothes with it and then hang them out in the sun. After about 3-4 hours, your clothes should be rid of the pungent fire smell and back to smelling like the great outdoors.

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If your fireside party last night included vodka cocktails, then this might be the solution for you. That is, if your vodka bottles aren’t bone dry. If you have some vodka left, slowly pour it into a spray bottle that has a mist nozzle. Carefully mist it onto your stinky campfire clothes and let the powerful alcohol do its job. As the alcohol evaporates (and it will, don’t worry!), so will the smell of last night’s fire. Be careful not to douse your clothes in it, as it could harm or discolor more delicate fabrics. And leave your silk and suede camping outfits at home, as vodka is too harsh to be used on these fabrics. Try a less-concentrated 50/50 vodka/water mix if you’re concerned about spraying straight vodka on your clothes.

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If you have a bottle of store-bought deodorizing spray handy, like Febreze, you can spray your clothes with it to freshen them up. Give it about 60-90 minutes for it to work its magic and transform your dingy, smoky sweatshirt back into your favorite go-to campfire gear.

Wipe ‘Em Down

Use a dryer sheet and wipe across your clothes to rid of the bonfire smell

One of the easiest ways to freshen up smelly campfire clothes is by simply wiping them down with a dryer sheet. Not only will this help absorb the musty smell, but it’ll fight any static too. And with all the wonderful scents that dryer sheets come in, your clothes will smell like fresh linen or sweet dreams in no time!

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Another simple and inexpensive way to deodorize last night’s camping clothes is by sprinkling baking soda on them. This method works best on tough fabrics like jeans and flannel shirts, as you can easily brush or shake it off after it’s sat for a while. Softer fabrics may have a tendency to hang on to it. I recommend using a light layer of baking soda as opposed to completely covering your clothes in it, as baking soda can sometimes be hard to get off if it’s caked on. As a natural deodorizer, baking soda should work well in absorbing the smoky scent. Leave it on for about an hour and then brush or shake it off and take a whiff. Repeat if you can still smell the campfire on your clothes.

Box ‘Em Up

Gather charcoal and place in a box with clothes to rid of the fire smell on your clothes.

If you’re shacking up in the great outdoors for a lengthy period of time and happen to have a supply of clothes, charcoal, panty hose, and a box with you, then this is the perfect solution for your wardrobe problem. First, put your activated charcoal briquettes into an old pair of panty hose. Then place them in a box along with your stinky clothes. Close up the box and let it sit for 5-7 days. Voilà. In just a week’s time you’ll have your favorite campfire clothes back that no longer reek of smoke!

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If none of these deodorizing methods are doable for you in the great outdoors and you feel like you’re trapped in a cocoon of campfire smoke, whatever you do, don’t spray yourself all over with perfume or essential oils. This will just intensify the smell as the perfume or oils mix with the smoke that’s lingering on your clothes and in your hair. Just ride it out and know that you’re not the only one who’s wearing last night’s campfire. After all, you ARE out in the great outdoors, so why shouldn’t you smell like it, right?

Do you have any tried-and-true methods for deodorizing clothes of that smoky campfire smell? Share them with us below!

TerryTown's guide to ridding your clothes of the campfire smell

Year-Round Road Trip: Winter RV Living Tips

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RVs are equipped with so many more amenities today than they were years ago. Today’s modern RVs are outfitted with furnaces, thick insulation, heated tanks and valves, and other features that make year-round camping not only possible, but totally doable. But if you’re planning to venture out in the winter in your RV, or want to live in your RV full time, there are some weather-specific things you should be aware of. Here are some winter RV living tips to help make your cold-weather road trip a success!

Preparing and Setting Up Outside

There is some RV prep work that you need to do before you leave and when you reach your destination. These things will ensure that you make it there safely and that you have a comfortable stay! Let’s get started!

For the Drive

To make sure you have a clear view of the road in front of you, take care of your windshield! The easiest way to do this is by making sure you have a good supply of de-icing washer fluid. Not only will this fluid not freeze, but it cuts through built-up ice on your windshield, which can be hard to get off otherwise! Also, invest in snow or winter blades for wipers! These blades have a rubber coating around them that helps to push snow off the windshield. Regular blades have gaps where snow and ice tend to get stuck and create a bigger problem. They’re also studier than regular blades and can handle wet, heavy snow, so they’re less likely to get bent. Finally, the rubber itself is synthetic, so even when it’s freezing outside, the rubber stays soft and still does its job.

de-icer windshield wiper fluid

Next you want to protect your engine. First check and fill all your fluids. Make sure the mixture of your antifreeze is correct and there isn’t too much water in it. If the mix is more than 50% water, you run the risk of it freezing. And ice in your engine is nothing to mess around with! Go to your local automotive store and pick up a tool that makes it easy to check your fluids. Finally, if you’re traveling with a motorhome that has a diesel engine, make sure you add fuel stabilizer to it. This will keep the fuel from turning to gel, which will create issues with flow and combustion. Do this to your generator as well if it’s diesel.

check engine fluids

If you’re heading into the mountains for your winter RV road trip, make sure you have chains on the tires of your vehicle and towable. Whether you actually have to use them or not, they’ll be good to have on hand in case of an icy, snowy emergency.

chains on your tires

For The Site

When you arrive at your campground, remember these three words: location, location, location! Do the opposite of what you do in the summer and try to find a sunny site! This will help to keep your RV a few degrees warmer and could mean the difference between freezing and staying warm. Also, if you want to avoid using your RV’s tanks altogether, then try to get a campsite close to the campground facilities so when you have to make the trek to the bathroom, you don’t have to venture out too far in the cold.

find a sunny spot

Winterize your tanks and lines to protect them from the freezing temps! The winterization process involves running RV antifreeze through the lines and putting it into the tanks. This antifreeze is non-toxic and pink in color. Never use poisonous automotive antifreeze! You can never be 100% sure that it’s completely out of your tanks and lines when you open up your RV in the spring/summer and you could possibly ingest a small amount.

antifreeze

Protect your tanks and lines from freezing so you can use them! If you want to use your tanks because you’re either not a fan of campground bathrooms or you’ll be camping somewhere without facilities, there are some things you can do to keep the water flowing. It’s ok to put some antifreeze into the black and grey tanks, so pour some down the drains and into the toilet to protect them. Also, consider running insulation around the pipes that are exposed outside the RV to help keep them warm.

If you have a heated and enclosed underbelly and valves, it may not be enough to keep you warm inside. This is especially true if you want to try and avoid using the furnace, which we’ll talk about later in the “Warm and Cozy Inside” section. These heated areas are usually warmed via a duct from the furnace, so if you’re not using your furnace, they’re not getting heated. Mini space heaters can keep things warm in there when the furnace isn’t being used. Put one near the valves and another near the fresh water tank to keep both areas above freezing.

space heater

Once you’re all set up and warm and toasty inside, you want to keep it like that! Put RV skirting to work to help keep the cold and wind from blowing underneath your RV and creating a chill. If you don’t have skirting, use snow! Just build up a snowbank along the sides of your rig so that it keeps the wind off your pipes, valves, and tanks! Just be sure you don’t cover any exhaust outlets for things like the furnace and generator. Otherwise you could end up filling your RV with CO, which can be a deadly mistake.

build snow falls to keep pipes warm

Now that you have your tanks and valves ready, you have to think about getting the water in and out of your RV. If you plan to just fill your tank and unhook, then it’s pretty easy. Just make sure you get all the water out of the hose before you put it away and do not leave it out in the cold. The same goes for the sewer hose. If you want to stay hooked up however, you need to think about how you’re going to keep your hoses from freezing. First, consider purchasing heated hoses! Or you can easily make your own with some heat tape and insulation. For the sewer hose, it’s good to make sure you have a sturdy material. The typical hoses that come with the RV can become brittle in the cold and can crack easily. Using PVC is a much better option, as it will not bend or cause cracking. You can also wrap this in heat tape to ensure there’s no freezing going on inside of it.

You’ll find out in the next section that not using much propane is a good idea in the winter! So if you’re heading out to go boondocking and don’t have a generator to recharge your batteries, make sure you bring extra batteries along. Since you’ll be using more electricity than usual with the tips found in the next section, you want to ensure you have enough juice to keep everything going.

batteries

Finally, even if you plan on using no propane at all, fill up those LP tanks! Propane is a strange thing. It actually has what they call a boiling point of -44° F. This is when it starts to turn from a liquid to a vapor or gas. The reason that the propane in your tanks stays liquid is because the pressure in the tank doesn’t allow it to turn to gas. The less pressure there is, the more chance it can evaporate to a gas. It can then leak out of your tanks, and if you find yourself in a situation where you need it to keep warm or cook due to battery failure, you don’t want to find your entire LP supply gone.

propane

Warm and Cozy Inside

Keeping the inside of your RV warm is what will allow you to stay comfortable. As you may have noticed in the last section, avoiding propane as much as possible is the best way to go. This is because propane creates moisture which can build up inside your RV. Not only can this freeze, but it can create mold and mildew growth inside your RV. Here are some ways you can still stay warm and cook your meals without propane!

Keeping your RV’s interior warm in the winter is best done with electric space heaters. These don’t create moisture like propane does, and they will help dry up moisture build-up from things like showers and breathing. They’re also less expensive to run than a propane furnace.

heater

Just as the propane furnace will create a moisture build-up inside your RV, so will your stove! Bringing along alternate methods of cooking will help in this department. Consider cooking with electric griddles, portable electric cooktops, and crockpots. You can also build a campfire and cook outside in the snow if you want to bundle up and spend time in the brisk, chilly air.

griddle

Insulating your windows will help to keep the heat in once you have your rig nice and toasty! The easiest and least expensive way to do this is with bubble wrap! Start by cleaning your windows as any dirt or dust will create issues with application. Then, all you have to do it cut your sheet of bubble wrap to the size of the window, spray some water on the bubble side, and then stick it to the window! The bubble design, along with the water, create somewhat of a suction against the window. The bubble wrap insulates but still lets much-needed sunlight in!

bubble wrap on window

Finally, pack your RV with lots of blankets! This way when temps dip you can all snuggle together, sip some hot cocoa, and get cozy under the blankets. Electric heating blankets for the beds will allow you to turn the heaters down at night and conserve electricity!

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What to Do if Your Tanks/Pipes Freeze

If you find that your water pipes or tanks are frozen, turn your water pump off! It will try to keep pumping the water and it could potentially burn out. Once it’s off you can worry about trying to get everything thawed out and moving again!

If the only frozen component is the inlet hose, then you’re in good shape. Sometimes it will be so frozen you can’t get it unscrewed. If you have a hair dryer (or better yet a heat gun), take it out and heat up the connections so that you can remove the hose. Then you can take the hose inside to thaw it out. If you have other pipes that have frozen up, the hair dryer may still help. It’ll be time consuming, but you can get outside and warm things up with the hair dryer there too.

frozen pipe and hair dyer

If your tanks are frozen, you have a few options. The waste tanks are easy since you don’t use that water, so there you can dump as much antifreeze as possible in them and then go for a drive. The movement from the driving will help mix the antifreeze around in there and thaw things out. You can do this with the fresh water tank as well, you’ll just have to be prepared to clean out the whole fresh water system before you can use it again.

Another way to get tanks thawed without going the route of antifreeze is to get one of those metallic lamps with a clam and a reflector. Then just put in a 100W bulb and set the light so that it’s facing the tank. Make sure the light isn’t touching the tank itself as it may cause damage. If there isn’t enough space to get the lamp in there without it touching the tank, then use a lower wattage bulb.

clamp lamp

If none of these tips are working, it may be time to fire up the furnace. This will send heat into the underbelly and start to thaw things out. Open the cabinets that have pipes in them so that the warmth easily reaches the pipes in there.

You have one last option to help thaw out your RV or to keep it from freezing in the first place. Head south! Finding a warmer climate that is above freezing will help to get all that ice thawed and keep it from accumulating. So head to sunny Florida, California, or to a beach in Mexico!

Enjoy Crisp Winter Days At Keystone Resort In Colorado!

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Fun winter activities make it easier to tolerate the cold temperatures, but if you’re a thrill seeker, you may be looking for the next, bigger, and more exciting winter activities! Take your winter fun to the next level and enjoy crisp winter days at Keystone Resort in Colorado! Perfect for family and group getaways, you’ll want to book your stay ASAP!

About Keystone Resort

Located in Dillon, Colorado, Keystone Resort offers endless fun for everyone! Featuring three mountains, this resort’s position on the Rocky Mountain range allows for some spectacular skiing and snowboarding, and unbeatable views! It’s the perfect getaway spot for winter enthusiasts, with a welcoming family atmosphere and tons of awesome activities for any age! With more than 3,148 acres for skiing, 20 different lifts, and two gondolas, it’s one of America’s best skiing destinations! Keystone Resort features plenty of wintertime offerings, awesome nighttime activities, programs for the kids, and so much more!

Fun Wintertime Activities

Skiing

Keystone Resort is home to three different mountains, including Dercum Mountain, North Peak, and the tallest, The Outback, reaching 11,980 feet high! A multitude of hills and slopes range in skill levels from the newest beginner to totally experienced experts, while an awesome and highly popular terrain park allows visitors to test their skills! Who says the fun has to end at sundown? Keystone offers night skiing so you can enjoy a unique take on this awesome winter activity!

skiing

Lessons

What makes Keystone Resort such a great place to visit? You don’t have to be a skilled skier to enjoy the fun! You don’t even have to know how to ski at all! Keystone offers amazing lessons in a variety of ways so you can learn the way you want to! If everyone needs a lesson, group and family lessons are offered, as well as private lessons, and children’s lessons as well! Kids ages 12 and under even ski free with a two-night stay! There are also plenty of beginner slopes so you can fully get the hang of skiing and snowboarding before you hit the bigger and more challenging slopes!

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Kidtopia

Keystone Resort is serious about family fun! Kidtopia is a festival just for kids, with daily and weekly events throughout the winter and spring! Kids will never want to leave once they see the awesome jaw-dropping, world’s largest snow fort, where snowball fights are a favorite! Other fun activities include cookie and ice cream parties, adventure walks, parades and fireworks, scavenger hunts, and tons of other fun events! Be sure to stop and get a high five from Ripperoo, Keystone’s mascot!

kidtopia

Ice Skating

If you love to ice skate, you’ll be delighted by what Keystone Resort has to offer! The resort features two different ice skating rinks, but the rink at Lakeside Village will blow your mind! It’s the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor rink in North America, spanning five acres for ultimate fun! Join a pickup game of hockey, or just refine your skating skills with friends!

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Tubing Park

tubing

If you’re looking for a fun, thrilling activity but are wanting to take a break from the slopes, check out the awesome snow tubing park at Adventure Point! Zoom down the snowy lanes in your tube at top speed and hold on tight! Try racing your friends and see who makes it to the bottom first!

Snowcat Rides and Skiing

snowcat tours

See the slopes in a whole different way! These unforgettable tours take you through the backcountry slopes of Keystone Resort in a warm and powerful snow cat machine and allow you to witness the breathtaking views of the area, making it a fun and relaxing addition to your vacation itinerary! If you’re looking to ski off the beaten path, snow cat ski tours are available too, which will take you out to the more secluded bowls so you can zip down the freshly powdered, undisturbed slopes! The snow cat will take you back up for another run, so book a day-long excursion to get the most out of this neat experience!

Sleigh Rides

snowcat tours

For a truly wintery experience, go on a sleigh ride during your stay at Keystone Resort! Book a dinner and scenic sleigh ride package and you’ll enjoy a beautiful tour of the grounds of the resort, and even get some information on this history of the area and a good look at an original historic Keystone ranch homestead! Dinner is served afterward, so you can get cozy and enjoy a delicious meal!

Dogsledding

dogsledding

For something a little different, book a dog sled tour and let a team of snow-loving pups give you the tour around Keystone Resort! It’s a super fun activity for adults and kids alike! Your little ones will love zooming across the snowy landscape, and who doesn’t love playing with dogs?

Lodging

lodging

Keystone Resort offers countless lodging options to fit your specific vacationing needs! Whether you’re on a weeklong excursion with the family or an elegant weekend getaway, Keystone has something for you with over 1,200 lodging options! For a relaxed getaway, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and lodges are available! If you’re planning a longer stay, or are looking to save some money, condos, townhomes, cabins, and vacation rentals are the way to go! These usually come with kitchens, washers and dryers, and other comfortable amenities to make vacationing easy and ultra comfortable! For lodging and booking information, check out Keystone Resort’s website!

Restaurants

restaurants

Adventuring goes beyond the slopes at Keystone Resort! With countless upscale and highly rated restaurants, there is something sure to satisfy any palate! Colorado is a craft beer lover’s heaven, so make sure to spend some time at 9280’ Tap House and sample some tasty beers and dine on some delicious food! Der Fondue Chessel is a wonderful fondue restaurant, which features a sumptuous menu with a cozy atmosphere, perfect for cheese lovers! Still not satisfied? Kick it up a notch and treat yourself to an intimate dinner at the AAA Four-Diamond™ -rated Alpenglow Stube! The Bavarian-inspired contemporary cuisine is sure to please, but the view is gorgeous from the top of North Peak!

Ready for adventure? Keystone Resort has everything you could possibly dream of and more, making it an amazing place to enjoy some wintery Colorado days! Have you visited Keystone Resort before? Or are you excited for an up-coming trip? Comment to share your favorite memories or the activities you are most excited for!

Northern New Year’s Events for RVers

Northern New Year Events

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is over and it’s a mad dash to the end of 2016! With Christmas shopping and decorating in full swing, the last month of the year always flies by! In a flurry to find the perfect gifts and host the perfect parties, it’s no wonder we’re exhausted by the time New Year’s Eve arrives. That’s why spending the night at home with my family and a few friends always sounds so good! But this year we’ve vowed to plan a memorable New Year’s Eve by taking to the open roads with our RV and hitting up one of the many celebrations going on around the country. As northerners, we love snow, so we set about to find the greatest NYE celebrations to choose from where we’d be surrounded by crisp, fresh air and beautifully falling snow. If you’re looking for a fresh new idea for New Year’s Eve and don’t want to head south where all the snowbirds go, check out these northern New Year’s events for RVers that will make every mile of your trip worthwhile! Happy 2017!

A Sweet Northern Michigan New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve in Traverse City, MI

Ring in the New Year by joining in the fun in the Cherry Capital of the World. Located in northern Michigan, Traverse City celebrates the New Year with an annual Cherry Ball Drop. With live music for dancing, the festivities start around 10:30pm and end at midnight with the lovely Cherry Ball that descends during the countdown. This is a family-friendly event and donations are accepted to help benefit local food pantries. Scores of popular restaurants and bars line the streets of Traverse City and will be happy to welcome you before the celebration gets under way to enjoy delicious farm-to-table dishes and local beers and wines.
If you’re looking for adult NYE parties, check out the ones being planned at the Grand Traverse Resort or Shanty Creek Resort, where you can enjoy an elegant dinner, champagne toast, and plush overnight accommodations. No matter what type of celebration you partake in, you’re guaranteed a memorable NYE when you spend it in northern Michigan.

Accommodations:

Timber Ridge RV Park & Resort, located in beautiful Traverse City, is a 4-season RV park that can accommodate every size of RV from pop-ups to big rigs! During the winter months here you can take advantage of their clean bath houses, spacious sites, wireless Internet, and a camp store. Over 60km of Timber Ridge-groomed trails, along with the Vasa trail system, are at your disposal for peaceful winter hiking.

Ring in the New Year in the Golden State

New Year's Eve in the Golden State (Colorado)

Colorado is a winter-lover’s paradise! Whether you love skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, X-country skiing, ice skating, or just window-shopping in the glitzy ski resort towns that Colorado is known for, there’s something for everyone in this Golden State! And on New Year’s Eve, head to Copper Mountain for a variety of fun activities that the whole family can participate in. Head to the slopes to watch the little skiers light up the mountain as they cruise down it carrying glowsticks in the Kid’s Glowstick Pageant. This is followed by the mesmerizing Torchlight Parade, Rail Jam under the lights, and a mountain-side fireworks celebration. For adults-only entertainment, drop the kids off at Kid’s Night Out and head to one of the resort restaurants or bar for live music, drinks, and celebration into the wee hours of the morning.
Or, for couples looking for a more romantic way to spend the last evening of 2016, sign up for Copper Mountain’s Moonlight Dine + Ski night for an unforgettable night. Ride the chairlift up to Solitude Station, mid-mountain, and enjoy fine dining and live music. Then ski back down to the village to ring in the New Year.

Accommodations:

Located 30 miles south of Copper Mountain, Leadville Corral RV Park offers year-round camping in historic Leadville. This breathtaking location that averages over 300 days of sunshine a year has 33 full-service, pull-thru sites that have 20/30/50 amp with cable TV. The daily rate of $38 includes clean, modern restrooms. The town of Leadville offers a rich history of the area and is home to the National Museum of Mining. You’ll enjoy their eclectic restaurants, shops, and recreation, including hiking, fishing, and more.

Celebrate in Jackson Hole

New Year's Eve in Jackson Hole, WY

Make plans to head out west to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for your New Year’s celebration this year and be a part of an amazing celebration that will light up your night! To start the festivities, ride up the Sweetwater Gondola with your little skiers where they can participate in the Glowworm Parade! Holding tightly onto a glowstick (no poles allowed!), kids up to 14 years old form a line and proceed down Eagle’s Rest, lighting up the mountain as they shush back and forth. Then at 6pm, the annual Torchlight Parade descends down Apres-Vous. Have your cameras ready for both of these events because these are sights you’ll want to capture and share with your friends and family back home for sure! Following the Torchlight Parade is the celebratory fireworks show that will set the mountain ablaze in beautiful hues! I can’t think of a better place to spend New Year’s than in this charming western town nestled in the glorious mountains of Wyoming!

Accommodations:

Jackson Hole Campground at Fireside Resort is the only campground in the area that offers year-round accommodations. Located in the heart of the towering Tetons and offering stunning mountain views, no RV is too big to call this RV park home as the winter sites can handle RVs up to 65’ long! This beautiful spot just minutes from trendy Jackson Hole offers heated bath and shower houses, laundry facilities, 30 & 50-amp hookups, and a store. At just $59/night, you can save your money for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lift tickets and fun in the resort town of Jackson Hole!

New England New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve in New England

Take a trip to the beautiful state of Maine and enjoy a week’s worth of holiday fun on the slopes! Sunday River Ski Resort has something for everyone at their resort that spans 8 mountains and always has fresh, powdery snow that skiers and snowboarders dream about. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is jam-packed with fun family activities that include night skiing and snow tubing, terrain park lessons & prizes, live entertainment every afternoon at the Foggy Goggle, a fire dancer, a mid-mountain family dinner and story time with Eddy the Yeti, G-force laser tag, and a New Year’s celebration to cap it all off on December 31st! This kid-oriented PG-13 New Year’s Eve Party starts at 6pm and ends at 9pm, allowing your little skiers to partake in NYE festivities without staying up way past their bedtime and spoiling the next day’s fun. You and the kids will have fun with the photo booth, inflatable sumo wrestling, and GaGa Ball pit. The countdown to 2017 is at 8pm followed by an amazing performance by fire dancers and a spectacular firework show with the mountains in the background. What a way to ring in the New Year!

Accommodations:

Stay at the foothills of the White Mountains at Stony Brook Recreation & Camping in Hanover, just minutes from Sunday River Ski Resort. Located in southwestern Maine, this campground offers 50 RV sites that range in amenities from full hookups to none. All of their sites are premium, pull-thru sites and are built to accommodate any-sized RV. For winter sports enthusiasts, this campground is the perfect landing place. It features snowmobile trails that stretch throughout the Northeast, beautifully groomed cross-country trails, and hiking trails galore. This affordable campground has rates between $33-39/night and offers flush toilets, hot showers, handicap restrooms, dump station, laundry facilities, grills, fire pits, grocery store, arcade room, and more.

How To Turn Snow Into Drinking Water

Turn snow into drinking water

Water is the stuff of life. As much as 65% of the human body is made up of water, and after going four days without it, a human being cannot survive. Any situation where water is not accessible can be life-threatening, so it’s best to be prepared and informed on how to identify sources of water and ensure that water is safe for consumption. In this post, we’ll be discussing the potential that snow has as a clean, consumable water source. So without further ado, here’s how to turn snow into drinking water:

Supplies:

  • A vessel or container
  • A heat source
  • A purification method

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Steps to turn snow into drinkable water

There are a variety of options for converting snow into drinking water, so these instructions should merely act as a basic guide. Read below for more specifics on your available options.

Step 1: Collect your snow – Avoid snow that looks discolored or tainted. Seek out a patch of deep, clean-looking snow to reduce the prevalence of pathogens.

Step 2: Melt your snow – Depending on what heat source is available, warm up your snow so that it converts into a liquid. Be aware that it will take a lot of snow to make a little water.

Step 3: Purify your water – To ensure that your newly melted snow is safe for drinking, it is advised that you put it through the purification process before consuming.

Heat Sources:

Fire in winter

Fire or Stove – If you’ll be melting your snow over a fire or stove, you’ll need a heat-proof pan or pot. Start by putting a little bit of water into your pot before adding your snow. Adding snow directly will burn your pot, evaporate your water, and tamper with its taste. After putting snow into your pot, heat it gently, stir it, and continue to add more snow until you get your desired amount of water. Because snow is made mostly of air, you’ll need to melt a significant amount of snow.

Body Heat – You should only use your own body as a heat source if you are safe from the potential of hypothermia. To melt, simply put your container filled with snow, such as a water bottle or canteen, into the pocket of your jacket or coat. Leave it be as you go about your daily business and your body heat will slowly melt the snow to water.

Solar Heat – You can use the sun as a heat source to melt your snow into water. To make a solar snow-melter you’ll need a Rubbermaid-type tote or bin. Line the inside with a large, black garbage bag, and insulate the outside to create a thermal barrier. Cover your exterior insulation with black duct tape. Then fill the inside of your container with snow and place a clear piece of plastic or glass over the top before setting it in direct sunlight. Give your snow plenty of time to melt.

Purification Methods:

Boiling water over a fire in winter

Boiling – If your heat source is a stove or fire, then your easiest method of purification is probably going to be boiling. Simply bring your water to a frothy, rolling boil and let it continue boiling for at least 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and let it cool.

Purifying Systems – You can purchase a water purification system that will filter the water and eliminate any contaminants. These systems can come in the form of water bottles with built-in purifiers, hand-held pumps, gravity-fed filtration containers, solar-activated purifiers, and even UV light purifiers!

Tablets or Drops – Although these products can alter the taste of your water, they are another viable option for purification. Iodine and chlorine are the two most common types of disinfectant chemicals used, but be aware that most tablets or drops can become ineffective if your water is too cold.

Did we miss anything? If you have another effective method for how to turn snow into drinking water, tell us about it in the comments section and help keep our readers well hydrated!

Terrytown's winter survival guide: turning snow into drinkable water

Best Species of Live Christmas Trees For Your RV

Merry Christmas - Christmas Tree

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without the fragrant, earthy aroma of a real, live Christmas tree. Stringing lights onto the branches and decorating with ornaments is a festive tradition that, for many, marks the beginning of the holiday season. And for RVers, this annual custom is no different. But with size restraints and other factors to keep in mind, it can be difficult to find the perfect tree for your RV. So we’ve compiled a list of the best species of live Christmas trees for your RV. Check them out, make your choice, and then go chop one down!

Scotch Pine

Scotch pine

Known for its superior needle retention, the Scotch Pine is a conical-shaped tree that boasts a charming dark green color. The branches are sturdy and ideal for supporting an array of ornaments, and its long-lasting aroma will fill your RV with sweet-smelling delight throughout the holiday season! The Scotch Pine makes our list of the best Christmas trees for RVs due to its excellent survival rate and adaptability to a wide range of climates.

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

As one of the most popular species of Christmas trees, the Douglas Fir is a classic choice for RVers who want to stick to traditions. These pyramidal-shaped trees tend to be more full-bodied, so they would work best for those who have a sizable section of their RV to devote to their Christmas tree. The advantages of the Douglas Fir include its long-lasting needles and its sweet-smelling scent which will fill your RV with a pleasant, cheerful aroma.

Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress

For RVers with allergies or sensitivities, the Leyland Cypress is an ideal choice. This pyramid-shaped tree doesn’t give off a strong aroma, and it doesn’t produce any sap either. Aside from giving allergy sufferers a break, this also means you won’t end your holiday season by scrubbing sticky gunk from your RV carpeting! The Leyland Cypress features deep green foliage with needles that will hold long after Christmas is over.

Virginia Pine

Virginia Pine

Because they tend to be small in size, the Virginia Pine makes our list as one of the best species of Christmas trees for RVs. They have narrow trunks and they respond well to trimming, so, depending on your available space, you can size your tree accordingly. The Virginia Pine also tolerates warm winter temperatures better than most evergreens, so if you’re a snowbird during the holidays, this might be the best choice for you!

Colorado Blue Spruce

Colorado Blue Spruce

With a beautiful display of silvery-blue needles and a symmetrical pyramidal shape, the Colorado Blue Spruce is an aesthetically wonderful choice. Among spruces, it offers one of the best needle retention rates, which means you won’t spend your days sweeping or vacuuming up little blue needles from your floor. If you’re looking for a Christmas tree that demands attention as a decorative focal point of your RV, then the Colorado Blue Spruce is for you!

Sawara Cypress

Sawara Cypress

This slow-growing evergreen makes our list of the best trees for RVs because of its small, compact size. Although Sawara Cypress do grow to be substantially big, it takes many decades for them to mature. This means that they can be potted to make ideal container Christmas trees! Once planted you can display your tree on a table top to save space without sacrificing holiday traditions. Sawara Cypress feature remarkable dark green foliage structured in a pyramidal shape to replicate the look of a matured Christmas trees, just in miniature form.

Alberta Spruce

Alberta Spruce

Known as the ‘Blue Wonder Dwarf,’ the Alberta Spruce is a small-sized tree that fits in perfectly with the size limitations of RVs! These slow-growing conifers feature a tight cone shape with grayish-blue hues. For a more eco-friendly alternative, you can pot these trees for planting after the holiday season is over. Although they mature to around 6 feet tall, their growth rate is slow so these dwarf spruces make a great option for a miniature RV Christmas tree.

Don’t settle for artificial! Be authentic this holiday season and spruce up your RV with a real Christmas tree! Do you have a live Christmas tree in your RV? Let us know what species you recommend by dropping us a comment!

How to Prepare for Winter Weather Emergencies

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While the majority of RVers call it a day once summer is over or the leaves start to fall, some brave souls head out into the cold temps and continue their RVing lifestyle well into winter. And for good reason! Winter camping can be absolutely beautiful and filled with great outdoor activity making it exhilarating and photo worthy! Many RVers who own toy haulers look forward to loading up their snowmobiles and “fat bikes” and heading out into the cold, blustery winter wonderland for some awesome trail riding. Other winter campers love strapping on their waterproof hiking boots or snowshoes and heading out to explore quiet, snow-covered mountains.

While there are a lot of great reasons to consider giving winter RVing a try, it’s important that you don’t just jump into winter camping without giving your safety some serious thought. With frigid temps, heavy snow, ice, and bitter winds, winter camping can pose some unique problems and dangers. So if you’re considering postponing your RV winterization and taking to the snowy roads with your RV in tow, here is some advice on how to prepare for winter weather emergencies and stay safe!

Tip #1: Stock an Emergency Kit

emergency kit

When you go camping in the summer you travel with a first aid kit, right? Well in the winter you should do the same! But instead of stocking it with sunscreen and band-aids, you should fill it with cold-weather items. This includes things for you and your RV. A great winter weather emergency kit would include tire chains, a blow dryer for your RV’s pipes/tanks, warm clothes, blankets, food, water, flashlight, batteries, extra gloves/hats, and a shovel. Snowstorms can drop feet of snow in a day in northern states or in the mountains, so it’s possible you could quickly get snowed in where you’re camping or on the side of the road if you have to pull over. Have enough food/water and winter supplies to last for a few days.

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Tip #2: Fill Your Tanks

fuel up

Always travel with full LP tanks, as running a furnace will quickly use up a lot of your gas. Bring along a few extra tanks as well if possible. Keeping your RV heated during a snowstorm or dangerously low temps is important for your safety and the safety of your RV. If your RV gets too cold, the pipes and holding tanks can freeze and crack, which is a very expensive and disastrous problem to have.

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Tip #3: Heat Efficiently

portable heater

While having a furnace on board is great for winter camping, using it has its drawbacks. Running it uses a lot of electricity, it uses propane inefficiently, and you need fully charged batteries and LP tanks to run it. But it does help keep your pipes and tanks from freezing and it lets in fresh air through the vent, which can be nice when your RV is closed up for the majority of your stay. As an alternative to using your RV’s furnace, consider using a portable electric heater (if you have shore power), a vent-free propane heater that is installed permanently and runs directly off your LP tanks, or a portable propane heater that runs on disposable propane bottles and can be moved around inside your RV.

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Tip #4: Drive Cautiously

drive cautiously

Driving on snowy, icy roads with an RV in tow is not the same as just driving a car. The added length and weight of an RV complicates things when you lose your grip and traction. Always leave more distance between you and other vehicles around you on the road. Stopping will take more distance with the added weight. And take corners more slowly, as maneuvering an RV around an icy corner can be tricky! Use low beams when driving. High beams reflect off the snow and ice and can impair your vision.

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Tip #5: Position Appropriately

face front of rv toward snow

If you find yourself in the middle of a windy winter storm, park your rig so that it’s facing into the storm. Your RV will stay warmer inside if the wind is hitting the front of the RV than if it’s coming at it on the side. You also won’t experience as much rocking or shaking if the front of your RV is taking on the majority of the wind. And you’ll be less likely to tip over, which is always a good thing!

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Tip #6: Be Ready To Winterize

frozen pipe

If you’ve pulled over and are parked for an indefinite amount of time due to a sudden winter storm, you have to protect your water and sewer systems from freezing. To do this, drain the black and gray tanks. Then unplug and store water and sewer hoses inside your RV to keep them warm. Even if temps are hovering in the 20s or 30s but there’s a fierce wind chill, they can freeze right up faster than if there was no wind.

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Tip #7: Seal Your Seams

seal windows

Find areas on the outside of your RV where cold wind can blow in and seal them up! Cover the A/C unit, latch stove fans, and Fantastic fans shut, and tape plastic around areas where hoses enter the RV. Even small openings can let in chilly drafts that quickly fill your RV with winter air or let your much-needed heat out.

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Tip #8: Secure Belongings

put your belongings away

When winter winds are whipping, objects can quickly get picked up and thrown! Don’t let your outside furniture or decorations become projectile objects during a storm. Put your furniture in storage (or bring it inside if needed) and secure every inch of your patio awning so that brutal winds can’t get their hold on it. Make sure your LP tanks are securely attached to your RV as well.

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Tip #9: Clear Off Your Roof

shovel off your roof

If you’ve hunkered down in a big snowstorm and there’s a break in the action, head outside and try to remove snow and ice from your RV’s roof if possible. Snow falling outside and warm temps inside is the perfect condition for ice to form on your roof. Ice can creep into roof seams and cause them to crack wide open. Also, the weight of the ice and snow could potentially cause your RV’s roof to collapse if it gets heavy enough. However if your roof ladder is iced over and it’s not safe to climb, try to get some snow off the roof without climbing up. Use a shovel or rake to reach the perimeter of the RV’s roof and pull off as much as you can.

break of snowflakes

Winter RVing can be amazing, but it does pose a few weather-related challenges. As long as you’re prepared and ready to face a winter weather emergency head on, you’ll be back on the snowy trails and enjoying the powdery white stuff in no time!

Do you have any tips on how to handle a winter weather emergency while RVing? Share them with us in the comments!