😰 PREPARE FOR WINTER NOW • Lessons from RV VETERANS
RVer’s need to prepare for winter. Many RVer's learned a lot of hard valuable lessons in the Feb. 2021 historic winter cold event that wreaked havoc in Texas and the Central Plains. This RV cold event revealed a lot of weaknesses in many RV's & the way some folks do things while living in their RV.
Winter living in your RV, staying warm in freezing weather, having no electricity or water, how to keep your RV tanks, hoses & pipes from freezing, using your generator, managing your RV house batteries, using your generator & surviving is what this video is all about. In these RV winter conditions, it’s learning how to conserve water & energy, while living a minimalist life. During times like these, you need to start thinking like a BOON DOCKER when sub freezing events are unfolding. You have to become & live self contained.
I’m going to cover some of the lessons we & others learned, staying warm when a freak cold snap hits like & it’s freezing everywhere like in Texas and the central plains in 2021. Winter living in your RV can be challenging. Many were caught by surprise by this recent record breaking cold snap that hit much of the country. Having your RV prepared is essential. The first thing is to have your propane tanks topped off. If you have a motorhome be sure you have your fuel tank topped off before you park where you’re going to stay. Being knowledgable about your house batteries and how they work and how long they will last when you use your propane furnace is important. When your RV is in single digit temps or in the teens, you need to fill your fresh water tank, then remove & store all your outside water gear. That includes water hoses, regulator, filters, water softener and anything else, because if you’re in a camp ground, they are going to turn off all city water when it gets to freezing temps.
I’m also going to share how to keep your house batteries topped off by using your generator. When you are in freezing temps, and have no electricity your generator will be your only source of power. I will go over how to manage your generator and house batteries to get you through this cold event. Also keep your cabinet doors open inside your RV to protect pipes when it really gets cold. While running your propane furnace inside, that heat will get into your cabinets and that’s where a lot of your plumbing is. So keep your RV cabinet doors open.
There can be challenges to staying warm in your RV or Motorhome when it gets really cold & the extra DIY insulating you can do will make a big difference in protecting your RV, your RV water systems & help you stay warm inside. Additional insulation, proper heating & RV protection is key to staying warm in your RV. Also, controlling condensation in cold temperatures is important. You CAN'T always go south where it’s warm in the winter. Bad, cold weather sometimes just happens when traveling full time.
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