Are you traveling in your Class C RV this winter? Don’t assume you are good to head out into “winter weather” without first learning about the basic do’s and don’ts of winter travel. If you have winter trips planned in your recreational vehicle, you’ll most likely want to winterize your Class C RV.
How to Winterize your Class C RV:
- Most RV owners will greatly benefit from having a professional inspect their RV. You should specifically request that they look for items that would make traveling in winter unsafe or hazardous.
- Travel familiar roads when possible. Of course, part of the fun of owning a Class C RV or any other recreational vehicle is to venture out and see things you haven’t seen before. In some cases, you will need to traverse unknown roads during the wintertime, but it is recommended by industry experts that RVers who are unused to traveling during winter weather should stick to roads that they know. So carefully consider your route when planning winter RV trips.
- Many RV travelers enjoy traversing the “back roads” or local streets rather than sticking to the interstates and major highways. During the winter months, it is recommended that RVers aim to spend more time on major highways rather than smaller, local roads. It is generally safer for travelers.
- Have access to current weather information. Many access this information through smart phones, but in inclement weather this may not be possible. Dedicated winter travelers may want to invest in a radio that would allow them to access weather information even when they may not have cell phone service.
- It is always safest for RV travelers to notify a friend or family member of their plans and proposed destinations/arrival times, but it is especially important during winter months. If you do not arrive at your destination there will be someone aware of your absence and able to alert the proper authorities.
- When traveling in cold weather it is even more important that you don’t run out of gas. RVers who become stuck for various reasons in cold weather will need to have access to fuel in order to keep warm.
Carefully consider what you might need to do in order to travel safely. Ask a professional mechanic or RV inspector what they recommend in order to successfully winterize your Class C RV. Better safe than sorry.