Blue Ridge Winter RVing
(Victor from Florida asks...)
I am planning a trip to the Blue Ridge and they are saying the temp at night will be 16, 17, or some in the 20 degree range. What do I need to do to my Class C motorhome for the four days and nights I will be there? I have a 2005 31-foot Winnebago. I have never been in cold weather with it.
Coleen, the RVing editor replies:
Some Cold Weather RVing Suggestions
It depends how your Winnebago is equipped, what facilities you will have, and how you will be using it.
Do you know if your gray and black water tanks are heated or if they have heating pads on them?
Is your fresh water tank outside? Is it in a basement that can have heat from your furnace? Or, is it in an upper, heated area of the motorhome?
Will you have utility hook-ups?
If you have shore electric it may make it easier to keep tanks in your basement from freezing. If you won't have shore electric, running your furnace that much will likely drain your batteries very quickly.
It would probably be easier use your tanks and not to not use water and sewer hook-ups.
Since you will only be using the RV in cold weather for such a short time, the easiest thing is probably to use jug water and not bother with your RV water system.
Easiest thing with your black and gray water tanks is probably to add salt to them to keep them from freezing.
If you have a water heater with a tank outside (outside of a heated compartment) you'll need to drain it. You may have a bypass in your system.
There may be other things you'll need to do, depending on your rig. For instance, water filters, water purification systems, or an ice maker.
For general information, look at what we have posted in our Cold Weather RVing section.Go to the RV Life and Travel blog.