Winter camping in the crisp, snowy wonderland of Canada is an invigorating and breathtaking experience in itself, especially when you are completely prepared for all of the winter RV camping challenges.
A mix of education and equipment is required when you are setting out to RV in the winter months. There is nothing worse than waking up with frozen toes and a damp RV!
We have gathered what we think are the top tips for winter camping in your RV to keep your family and your unit safe and warm!
Make sure your desired RV park will be open if it snows. Believe it or not, many RV and provincial parks shut down as soon as snow hits the ground!
Research and create plan B, just in case things go south. Locate hotels, food shops, and RV service centers on your route and close to your destination.
Keep on top of the latest weather forecasts with a trusted weather website or app. You can also check the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Canada Road Condition Information website to find up-to-date road conditions anywhere in Canada.
Insulate all of your unit’s windows, doors and cracks with foam or silicone so that cold air can’t creep it’s way in.
Create and/or restock your emergency and first-aid kits so that you are prepared for the unexpected. Some must-haves in your kit are:
- Jumper cables
- Extra fuel
- Spare wiper blades
- De-icer & antifreeze
- Drinking water
- Non-perishable food
* This is not a full list of items necessary for an emergency kit. For more complex lists, check out the lists made by AMA. You can also check out one of our previous blogs, How to Make a First Aid Kit for Your RV.
Install tire chains to help with traction on the snow and ice. You can check to see if chains are permitted in the province you will be driving to this winter: https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/tire-chains/
Bring a propane or space heater to use when the family is spending time together in the RV. Make sure to watch it closely and don’t leave it on unattended.
Bring tons of blankets! Like we said in the intro, there is nothing worse than waking up with frozen toes.
This one might seem a bit silly but invest in a really good snow and ice scraper. In harsh climates, any run-of-the-mill scraper will cause you more grief than reward.
Once you have picked your perfect camping spot, try to park in the sun. It will make a world of a difference for the temperature inside your unit.
Lastly, and most importantly, drive defensively and use your best judgment when on the road. If you don’t feel safe, pull over!
We hope you found our top winter camping tips helpful and will use some of them during your next trip! Let us know if you have any other tried and true tips for RVing in the wintertime that we should add to our list.
Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!
Not winter camping?
Our assistant service manager, Jeff Weisgerber, says to “winterize your unit before winter hits and don’t delay or you might not be able to get your unit into the shop in time!” While your RV is being winterized, have the techs check your brakes, lights, battery, and fluids. There is no such thing as being too proactive!