We’ve been RV snowbirds for 8 winters in a row, mostly in the Desert Southwest. This year, for the very first time, we’ll be spending the winter in the RV in a northern location.
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Granted, the Lower Mainland of British Columbia isn’t exactly Manitoba when it comes to winter, but we’re far enough up in the mountains to get some freezing temperatures and snow here.
We show you all the steps we’re taking to winter in our motorhome. We’ll demonstrate how to keep the water hose from freezing and how to keep ourselves warm too. We’ll cover water hose insulation, heat tape, the differences between all five sources of heat we have available, moisture & humidity control, and even pest control.
We’ll also be using our Extend-a-Stay (also known as a Stay-a-While or an Extend-a-Flow) to connect to a large external propane tank.
SInce this is our first time dealing with winter in the rig, we’ve done a lot of reading and learned a lot from our friends and neighbors up here in beautiful, friendly BC. The site we’re on has 30-amp electric, so we have to be particularly aware of our power usage.
Luckily, Birgit & Greg, whose site we’re using, were nice enough to let us tap into their super-size external propane tank (we’ll be paying for the propane we use, of course). So propane shouldn’t be a problem, but we’ll still want to keep our usage to a minimum, since it’s expensive, and propane use can cause excess moisture to build up in the rig.
There are lots of RVers who know way more than we do about RVing in REAL winter deep freeze conditions, but we wanted to give other cold weather newbies a feel for some of the steps we’ve taken to prepare for it. We’ve seen a lot more online about winterizing an RV for storage, and we wanted to add some information about living on board too.
NOTE: We mention using fine 0000 steel wool in this video. It is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE, and care should be used in storing and using it. To see our video demonstrating how to start a fire using only steel wool and a 9-volt battery, click here:
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