A camping vacation is all you need to save you and your partner from the glitches of your routine life. A camping is everything, from adventurous to a voyage promising to fill you with a zeal that will ready you for the real life you will facing when you get back from it. Whether you want to book online flights and travel with your family or a group of friends whom you can spend some quality time with, or you want to go alone and have the best time of your life falling in love with God’s creation with your RV parked in a rainforest, the best vacay is when you have something other than the blue walls of your house of a view.
In this article, we will break down everything about preparing your RV for camping in winter. Since for winter, you need to be more careful and to keep in mind that looking after the RV is so much more than the water system and stocking it with warm clothes and winter food. Listed down below are some important steps that will help you prepare your camper for the winter.
Wash your RV
Start with giving a bath to your RV, which will clean out any fungus, mold, or rust that started forming since the last time you used it in spring. Don’t forget any part as you don’t want to spend half of the time fixing it than enjoying the vacay. Wash everything, from blinds, windows, doors, wheel savers, tires from both the street and undercarriage side. Also, don’t cover it with canvas or head to the next step before allowing your RV to completely dry itself.
Why is drying so important?
It is very important that you never lay down the canvas without allowing the exterior to get dry first. The canvas should be breathable enough to avoid condensing the moisture. Moisture is an enemy to your RV as it rust out and destroy your RV and you know what they say about rust, its cancer to a ship. Other than rust, moisture also becomes the birthing place for mold, which can be deadly if you inhale it. To avoid that, you can stock up on Dri-A0Air, run a dehumidifier, or simply fill it with sufficient silica gel.
Prepare the exterior
First of all, if you park it outside don’t forget to cover it. This is almost as important as removing makeup before going to sleep. Next, take out your RV and prepare the exterior.
Check the tires, bearings, and every moving part
From tires, bearing, to every other moving part of your RV should be thoroughly checked for cracks and tears that could let the water in, rust, corrosion, loose connections. Make sure you have lubricated everything that needs lubrication such as hinges.
When you are done with the exterior, get inside and start mouse-proofing your RV. You don’t need me to tell you how dangerous rats or mice are. They are known to be the culprit behind the plague. Check your RV for any cracks, holes or openings that will let a mouse in. The hole should be as little as your finger, which is how the mouse could get in. Yes, they can fit their entire body through a finger-sized hole.
Other than mice, you should also keep the holes closed for other animals, insects and reptiles, such as snakes, squirrels, wasps, mud daubers, spiders, and bees. Their excrement, which they leave everywhere, can be deadly to you. Therefore, fill these holes properly with brass or aluminum wool, which is easier as well as cheaper than cleaning up after them. You can also use insect traps to avoid them from jumping to your RV from over a tree or crawling up when you park it in a forest. Close your vents tightly and look out for nests, hives, or other signs of their manifestation.
Take care of the propane tanks
It better if you have removed your propane tanks and stored them in well-ventilated areas. That way, insects will not find a safe haven and the tanks won’t get destroyed or rusted. Before preparing your camper for a trip in winter, fix it back to its place.
Take care of food leftovers
Make you haven’t left any food crumbs in your cupboards and refrigerator as they can invite insects in. Clean your fridge and cupboard from any bread or cracker crumbs and leave only tightly packed canned food. Leave the insides smelling fresh and clean so it discourages any insect nesting.
Check for things with an expiration date
There are many other things with expiration dates other than food, such as toothpaste, medicines, deodorant, lotions, shampoos, etc. You store and leave them in the small bathroom cupboard which will expire in due time and appeal to rodents and insects. Other than toiletries with an expiration date, tissue, and paper towels are also something insects might find warm and comfortable enough to lay eggs in. Make sure you take them home with you. Make sure you have checked the tables, chairs, cushions, carpets, and gaps, and wash and bleach them if necessary to kill any bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
Check for any valuables
Extreme low temperatures have a way of asking electronic items to freeze succumb, such as TV screens, switchboards, heaters. Therefore, before setting your RV on the road, make sure they are ready to last all winter. If you spot a problem in the heater, repair it. You never know when the weather becomes too harsh and you freeze out there. Make sure you have a warm blanket and warm clothes in the cupboard or under the sofa.
Set your RV and hit the road
So, your RV is ready for an epic road trip in the winter. Once it’s all prepared and you have stored in all the things such as food, clothes, ration, and things like tissue, paper towels, toothpaste, medicines, deodorant, lotions, shampoos, and you have checked the electrical system, you can now finally hit the road for an epic adventure.