Cold Weather Camping Challenges
1. Cold Temperatures in the Camper
Many campers come 4 Season Certified (the Lance 1172 we are in is!) and it makes a bit difference with keeping your tanks from freezing – VERY IMPORTANT – and you more comfortable. But houses and RVs are built very differently, and therefore insulation is not as good all around by the very nature of the product.
Having a Propane Level Detector helps to monitor your propane usage, like this one by Truma that we’ve used this trip:
*Note: These heaters put a bit more moisture into the air, which can contribute to Cold Weather Camping challenge #2 below.
>> MOISTURE ABSORBERS
DampRids or other brands of moisture absorbers work well to pull moisture from the air, especially in enclosed spaces like closets, cabinets, and under/behind furniture in places where the warmth of the furnace or heaters doesn’t have much effect. We’ve placed several of these around the Lance Truck Camper this fall and it has helped wonderfully.
3. Freezing Tanks, Water & Sewer Hoses
We honestly really don’t have much experience with this, so would recommend you check out our friends’ “Libbys on the Loose” and their articles about Winter RVing. They frequently spend the whole winter in Colorado, and have learned by research and experience the do’s and don’ts of this way of camping!
Libbys on the Loose: Getting Ready for the Snow in an RV
Libbys on the Loose: Full-Time Winter Living in an RV
Libbys on the Loose: What We Learned about Cold Weather RV Living
4. Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries
They can discharge, though!
Check out our full recommended Cold Weather Camping Gear Kit to see all our recommend gear in one easy place.