From the pages of I RVing: Fall 2021

Take on Winter

These weatherproofing tips are so hot right now

THE DAYS WHERE A BREEZE IS WELCOME went out with the summer months. The earth is stretching away from the sun. Cold is the new hot. Chilly is so in. And for most RV owners, it’s time to either fly South with the snowbirds or winterize your RV for the season. But if you’re a four-season camper sticking it out up North when the cold comes, you’re gonna want to prepare your RV to retain every bit of heat. Breezy interiors are out, and heating efficiency is in vogue. Here’s how to keep your RV season-appropriate.

Seal It Up

Winter has long, invasive fingers. So your first area of interest is inspecting any-and-all openings of your RV: doors, windows, sun, and moon roofs, you get it. Sealing is the name of the game. Because your ability to produce heat with your heater is only as good as your ability to retain it. And the more miles on your RV, the more likely it needs to be updated or revamped sealing around those many airflow points. Most window sealants, like Flex Seal and Mirror Mastic, will only put you back $10 or so. Also, consider replacing your door and window stripping if there is a decent amount of cracks in the factory-issued strips. Otherwise, you could be losing heat and energy efficiency right when you need them most.

Check Your Layers

In addition to sealing all access points and openings (something you can see), revamping the insulation (something you can’t see) is another cost-effective way to stay warm when the temperature takes a turn. Your RV could use the extra layer (like the one your mom always recommended) because RVs aren’t heavily insulated for winter weather. For DIYers sticking it out in the cold weather, consider spray foam or even wool options, like Havelock Wool insulation.

Make It Toasty

Upgrading your heating system and water heater beyond what comes standard will boost your heat production. While this has a higher price tag, it’s going to be a necessity if you’re serious about living that four-season RV life. (Because you should actually be comfortable for all four seasons!) The Eccotemp is a great option that is lighter on the wallet (around $200) compared to some fancier systems. For heating the space itself, the MaxxFan is a quality option for a roof-mounted fan. And if you’re ambitious, you might even consider an electric fire


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