For many, the cool season inevitably brings a break from camping. But who says that you can’t go camping in winter too? If you have the right equipment, you can easily defy the cold temperatures and enjoy the romantic winter landscape in the motorhome. We’ll show you what to look out for when camping in winter so that nothing goes wrong!
1. Prepare the vehicle for winter
Having a suitable vehicle is arguably the most important step in camping in freezing temperatures. So make sure before your trip that your RV winterizing is . This means that it is insulated as well as possible, only cools down slowly and can be heated up again quickly. If you are not entirely sure, it is worth having your car checked in a workshop.
Also think about routine checks beforehand : Check the TÜV, tire pressure, brakes and oil and make sure that the lighting system is working. Also make sure that you have enough antifreeze with you and check that the wiper blades and rubber seals are intact.
Important: the winter tires
When you are out and about on snow and ice, it is crucial that your winter tires are in good condition. The tires should not be more than six years old and have a tread depth of at least 4mm , but better still 5mm . In addition, snow chains are mandatory in many Alpine regions . So be sure to take these with you if you plan to camp in the mountains. As soon as the car is ready to go, it is important to pack the right equipment for winter camping.
2. Choose the right equipment
Apart from the winter-proof mobile home, there are a few other things that are necessary to make the camping experience as pleasant as possible in freezing temperatures. First and foremost, of course, is the right equipment. Here we give you a few tips on what equipment useful is .
A winter-proof awning
In addition, the awning offers additional storage space , which you urgently need, especially in winter. Skis, snowboards, winter boots – everything can be accommodated here. The tent can even serve as a refrigerator, as drinks and food are efficiently kept cool here. The awning is a comfortable extra for every camper. In the cold season, it is primarily used as an air lock in front of the entrance area so that as little warm air as possible is lost. It should therefore be very robust and have a steeply sloping roof so that the snow can slide off more easily. A party tent is therefore ideal as an awning. Another advantage is that you are perfect in the tent too. Change wet or dirty clothes without bringing the dirt into the motorhome. Look for a PVC tent company or tent rentals in Dubai, who can cater to your needs exclusively.
Tip: Simply integrate a tent heater in the awning! So you can use the tent as a terrace and have it cozy and warm while you watch the snowy landscape outside with a cup of tea.
Well-insulated outdoor clothing is essential for camping in winter! It is best to dress in an onion look, i.e. in several layers . A waterproof down jacket is essential to stay warm. Breathable clothing, for example made of fleece or merino wool, is also recommended.
Long underwear, gloves and headgear are extras that should of course not be missing when camping in winter! Also, always make sure to change wet clothes quickly so that you don’t wear the cold even more.
The right tool
Certain devices should definitely not be avoided when camping in winter. This includes, for example, a hammer for fastening the tent so that the ground anchors for the awning can be hammered into the ground even in snow and ice. A broom is also useful to keep the entrance area clean and free of snow.
If the motorhome’s windows are frozen, whisks and ice scrapers are useful for clearing snow and ice from the vehicle. A deicing spray helps against particularly stubborn ice. With larger amounts of snow it is also advisable to have a snow shovel with you.
But without additional warmth, even the best tools and the thickest clothes are of no use. To make winter camping really pleasant, you need to heat your living area . We will show you what you have to consider.
3. How do you heat at winter camping?
Every winter-proof motorhome has a parking heater that is also in operation when the vehicle is parked. Before you leave, make sure that the heating is fully functional and take enough gas with you to avoid a bitter surprise. You can take a small fan heater with you as an external heat source for the interior . However, be aware that fan heaters use a lot of electricity!
When heating up for the first time, it is best to open all cabinet doors and flaps so that the heat can be evenly distributed throughout . It is also important that you never let the camper cool down completely in order to avoid frost damage.
Which gas for the camping heater?
Use propane gas when heating , because it still evaporates even in freezing temperatures and can be used down to -40 ° C. Butane gas, on the other hand, is not recommended, as it no longer becomes gaseous in frosty conditions and is therefore not suitable for heating or cooking. On top of that, expect higher gas consumption than in summer. Propane is usually available in 11-liter bottles , which last about two to four days in winter.
Are you particularly sensitive to the cold and wondering whether camping in winter isn’t too cold for you? Don’t worry, of course there are also other accessories that provide additional warmth and make the vehicle even more homely.
4. Other extras to keep you warm
If you want to be particularly warm and cozy in the caravan, you can fall back on a few things that improve the insulation even further . Here are some winter camping extras that are worth it.
Thermal curtain against cold
Probably the biggest cold problem for the motorhome is the driver’s cab. Unfortunately, the cold from the outside quickly gets into the vehicle interior through the poorly insulated glass and sheet metal. A floor-length thermal curtain , for example, can help. It separates the cab from the living area and provides additional insulation . This prevents the cold from entering the living area and the interior stays warm longer. This makes it nice and cozy in the vehicle!
Thermal hood as insulation
Thermal hoods are another way of preventing too much cold air from getting inside the vehicle . They are easy to attach because they are simply slipped over the cab. This not only provides you with additional insulation , you also save yourself having to scrape the ice afterwards. You can then continue to use the hood in summer to prevent the car from heating up.
Heating carpets or sleeping mats
If you get cold feet easily, you can get a heated carpet . The carpets are available in different sizes and keep you comfortably warm. Alternatively, sleeping mats can of course simply be used on icy vehicle floors . The following applies: the higher the R value, the better the mat is insulated. A sleeping mat for the winter should definitely have an R value above 4 . If you stack the mats on top of one another, their R values can easily be added.
5. At the campsite
After all the necessary preparations have been made, you can start. But here are a few last tips that guarantee a pleasant stay at the campsite in winter.
Choosing the right place
When you arrive at the pitch, you should make sure that there is not too much snow under your car . Otherwise, if the snow melts, you may find yourself in a lean. Also, do not leave the handbrake on to prevent it from freezing. Also lay the power cable so that it cannot freeze on. By the way, it is advisable to book the campsite in good time because many places are occupied, especially during the holidays.
What about the water?
In the cold season, the water pipes can quickly freeze. Heated water tanks prevent freezing and also protect the water system from frost damage. If the water tank cannot be heated, you can simply let it drain directly and collect the water in a bucket . If you don’t want the water in the bucket to freeze, add a bit of antifreeze.
In addition, you can pour antifreeze into the sink to prevent the pipes from freezing. In the flush water of the toilet you can also give windscreen antifreeze, so it does not freeze.
In winter, the temperature difference between outside and inside is particularly large. Wet clothing, breath or steam from cooking can easily cause condensation on the windows. You should therefore ventilate your motorhome at least twice a day so that the moisture disappears and the windows do not freeze.
If you now feel like moving your own mobile home into the winter landscape, you only have to look for a suitable campsite and you can get started. As you can see, with the right preparation and the right equipment , you don’t have to go without camping, even in sub-zero temperatures.