Why Not Winter Travel?
Winter is a great time to travel. Snow covers everything in a beautiful white blanket. You’ll have much smaller crowds (or zero) to deal with at active destinations like Taos or Durango. And your photographs have a different look no one else will get.
But most people drain the tanks, blow them dry, put in the RV antifreeze, and park it for the winter. Then they miss the best travel adventures when no one else is out there.
Where To Camp
Find an RV park with well-maintained showers in heated bathrooms. Have them give you a site not too far from the showers. This shouldn’t be a problem with low winter use at most parks. The RV Parky app (free – iPhone and Android) will direct you to parks, but you may have to call to see if they’re open for winter.
Water – Not
The RV park will require you to connect the water supply just long enough to fill up your fresh water tank, and disconnect after that. Then it’s up to you to keep all your tanks warm.
So I suggest avoiding the use of your fresh and grey water tanks. Carry bottles of fresh water instead. We have several 1-liter bottles for backpacking / hiking, and we also carry a plastic gallon water jug. We place a plastic bucket in the RV sink, and empty it periodically.
Our 2014 Leisure Travel Vans Unity 24TB is very well insulated. With a fairly small heat source, it’s easy to keep warm. To avoid heavy propane use, we run a ceramic space heater at night. Since many RV parks don’t charge you explicitly for the electricity you use, you can run the heater all night. We use the Lasko 6462, available at Amazon.
Easy Fixes For Condensation & Ice
Leave one window or ceiling vent cracked open to reduce condensation inside. If you plan on breathing, condensation is unavoidable. Left on your walls, it may eventually lead to mold in warmer temperatures, so minimizing it with one window or vent open is preferable.
Remember to run your refrigerator – the fridge shouldn’t pull much propane in winter, but you will need to run it to avoid spoiled food when you heat the coach during the day.
Where To Go
New Mexico and Colorado offer some of the best winter travel and photography in the U.S. Snow accents on 900-year-old Great Kivas, rock walls with mysterious petroglyphs rising out of the snow, beautiful skies over gorgeous mountain trails, incredible views from ski runs in dry Rocky Mountain powder – it’s all waiting for you here.
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