When we think of traveling by RV, one of the first thoughts that come to mind is summer. Although summer is one of the most popular times to travel by motorhome, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to limit yourself. In fact, many RV owners travel by motorhomes all year round, including in the winter.
As previously stated, winter is a great time to travel by RV. With that being said, there are some dangers associated with doing so. To ensure that your next winter RV trip is fun and safe, implement a few of these helpful safety tips.
Get an RV Inspection
An RV inspection is an important component of safely traveling by RV in the winter. Although it does cost money to get your motorhome professionally inspected, there are a number of benefits to doing so. Take all advice, especially where repairs or updates are involved, into consideration. Also, outright ask your mechanic if your RV is safe for winter travel.
Stick to Familiar Roads
Part of the fun associated with RV trips is seeing what you have never seen before. With that being said, during the winter months, you’ll want to try and stay on roads that you’re familiar with. If you must take a new route, be sure to stay on the main roads. Main roads, especially highways and interstates are often much easier to navigate, especially in bad weather.
Constantly Check the Weather
Always get updated weather information when on the road. Whether by TV, radio or app, check the weather forecast whenever you can.
Keep Your Cellphone With You
The easiest way to stay safe when traveling during winter is to keep a cell phone with you at all times. Cell phones are a must have for any type of travel. Should you run out of gas, run off the road, or face another emergency, you want to be able to call for help. In fact, did you know that many cell phone providers allow weather updates to be accessed through their phones? In addition to bringing a cell phone, be sure to bring a charger as well.
Let Someone Know
Another easy way to stay safe when traveling in the winter is letting someone know where you are going, for how long, and when you plan on returning. This important tip is one that should be done even in the best of weather. In the event that you don’t return on time, or can’t be reached, that person would have an idea where to point the authorities to look for you.
keep the Tanks Filled
It is also important to make sure that your RV is always filled with gas. Never let your motor home run on or near empty. This is extremely important during the winter months.
Should you accidentally run off the road or get stranded in bad weather, you’ll want your RV to have enough propane to keep you as warm. When parked in a public campground or RV park, a full tank of propane can also reduce the likelihood of freezing during cold weather.
The above tips are just a few that you should keep in mind when traveling by RV in the winter. The good news is that you likely already have a lot of emergencies supplies, such as water, snacks, warm clothes, and blankets on your motorhome. With that being said, should you need to leave your motorhome, which is generally not advised, be sure to leave prepared.