Winter is a hazardous time of year and RV owners face unique risks that they should be prepared for. Whether you drive, live in or store your RV during the cold winter months, there are safety measures that you can take to keep your family and your investment safe.
Driving an RV
- Hire a mechanic to inspect your RV before the winter season hits. Make any necessary repairs before the problem has a chance to grow.
- Check the tire tread and keep tires properly inflated.
- Keep the gas tank at least half full to prevent freezing in the fuel lines.
- Get plenty of rest before driving in demanding winter road conditions.
- Do not travel alone and always bring a cell phone and/or two-way radio (with chargers).
- If road conditions are particularly bad during a snowstorm, pull over and park until the weather improves.
- Leave plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you to allow for increased stopping time in the snow.
- Drive slowly, keep your headlights on for added visibility and only change lanes when necessary.
Living in an RV
- Seal air leaks and insulate your RV to reduce heat loss. Caulk can be used to fill small gaps, while expanding foam insulation can be used to fill larger areas.
- Brush snow off of slide-outs regularly. Any accumulation can melt and cause ice damming.
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.
- Any heaters that burn a fuel source must be properly vented to remove poisonous gas from your living space.
- Do not use open flame to thaw out frozen pipes. Never leave an open flame unattended.
Storing an RV
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- Before tucking your RV away for the winter, thoroughly wash it inside and out. Wash areas such as awnings, wheel wells, tires, refrigerator, cabinets etc. This is an important step since mold and mildew can be deadly and food crumbs can attract pests. Dry all areas before covering your RV.
- Block your tires or jack the weight from them to prevent flat spots. Consider tire covers for storage.
- Check for cracks, tears, rust or any other issue that can worsen throughout the season and fix it now.
- Use a breathable tarp or RV cover to prevent moisture accumulation.
- Set out a container or two of moisture absorbent inside of your RV.
- Inspect the exterior of your RV for any holes that your fingers can fit inside. Block them off with brass or aluminum wool (steel wool rusts) or foam insulation to prevent critters—mice, snakes, squirrels, insects etc.—from entering your RV. Also ensure that your A/C vents are closed tightly.
- Remove propane tanks, cap them and store them in well-ventilated areas.
- Remove all food and other perishable items—medicines, toothpaste etc.—from your RV.
- Remove all valuables and store them inside of your home. This protects such items from weather damage and theft.
- Check on your RV every few weeks to monitor for potential issues.