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Using your RV in the winter

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With winter being upon us and things freezing (it was 4 here in PA this morning), I wanted to share some winter tips for you full timers who might be new to this.
 
First things first, most newer and even a lot of older trailers and 5ers have dual tanks, and you can leave both tanks open and it auto switches. DO NOT do this. In the middle of the night it your heat will drain both tanks and you will woke up frozen with no way to get warm. Instead, only open one tank that way if it runs out you can just go switch the to other and refill the empty one. I will even keep a spare tank handy in the winter just in case. If you are going to be gone from your rig all day, check your tanks before you leave. Coming home to frozen pipes or pets is no fun.
 
I recommend getting online or go to a truck stop and get thermometer with an alarm. Set it to like 40 degrees or something. That way in the middle of the night when propane runs out, the alarm will sound, you can get up and turn on the still full tank and save everything from freezing.
 
If you are parked for a long time, skirt the bottom of you rig with something to keep the cold air out from under it. Styrofoam insulation and 1x1" is cheap at any hard ware store. This will keep your rig warmer and pipes warmer.
 
For your city water supply, you can use heat tape and insulation on your hose, but be careful, stuff can melt. I instead recommend spending the money on a hose that has the heat strip built in. They seem expensive, but they are well worth the investment.
 
Throw rugs are cheap and easy way to keep your toes comfy in the cold months.
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We insulate our windows, but this can cause a cave like atmosphere. So we usually cover them at night and open them during the day to pull some solar heat in.
 
Be prepared for an over load of moisture. We keep our roof vent cracked open and you may find you might need a small dehumidifier. In the winter months moisture will build quickly and cause mildew or mold. Keep buckets of damp rid stashed in bathrooms and kitchen. Use your bath room and kitchen fans when showering or cooking to help reduce the influx of moisture. Keep an eye on walls, especially around furniture and mattresses where moisture can become trapped.
 
Be extremely careful for electric heaters and fireplaces. You may have 50amp breakers in you rig, but only 15amp power outlets. The wiring in many rvs was never meant for that kind of stress. Some older rigs actually have aluminum wiring which can melt with current over load. We personally have had an outlet melt but it never tripped a breaker. If we want to augment our heat while parked, we use a heavy duty extension cord slid out thru the gasket of our slide out and plugged into the shore power box. We do no plug it into an outlet in the trailer. And this goes without saying, but always use caution in the small space. Fires can happen fast if you or your young ones are careless with a heater. DO NOT use a kerosene heater. There is no where for the fumes to go and you could suffocate. ALWAYS REMEMBER that in most rvs the pipes and under belly are warmed by the propane furnace, so if you are running electric heat it will make the furnace not run as much which could lead to frozen pipes and sad campers.
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Keep a heat gun and bottled water handy. At some point, your pipes will probably freeze. Newer rvs use pex pipe and it can withstand a certain amount of abuse. Old rigs used copper pipe and will crack if frozen. Learn your rig, learn where the pipes go and what they are made of just in case. Our rig is fully insulated and the pipes still froze. I found out the pipe had rubbed a hole in the insulation while driving. I was able to fix it since I knew where the pipe ran.
 
Watch for ice and snow build up on the roof and slide outs. While it's never happened to us personally, I have heard of some campers having the roof collapse from an overload of snow. Remember that most roofs are just rubber, so don't try to shovel it off or you may damage roof. And be careful if you are up on it, they get very slippery.
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Check on things constantly as temperature drops, you can catch things before they happen if you pay attention.
 
ABOVE ALL, be safe and maintain a positive attitude, even in a bad situation. That can be the difference between having an adventure, and just being miserable.
 
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Weekend camping

Enjoyed a couple days off from working at Running Cedar RV Resort in VA.  It's sort of hidden back in near a really nice lake.  I'd recommend it if your in the area.

We have had a good time hiking and swimming and they had a graduation party here Friday and let us crash the party.  It was a lot of fun.

Sadly, we must pack up and head on to the next job site.

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Discovery Days with PAVCS 2012

Today we did Discovery Days with PA Virtual Charter Schools. Kids had a great time and maybe even learned something. We used our camper for the first time since we bought the house and did just fine back in it. We camped out in the parking lot of the event. Tomorrow I am doing the RC scale off-road competition with some other guys. Should be a lot of fun. You can find out more about that at http://keystone-rc.com and http://tri-statescaleoutlaws.com

Blue Angels air show

We had another amazing day on the Navy Base today. Today was the Blue Angels air show. It was amazing! I have never actually been to an airshow before. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the amazing things those super skilled pilots could make a plane do. I am not really into flying but I love to watch it!

Things to do while camping alone.

I got all settled back in at the Gifford Pinchot State park camp ground. No water here, but there is electric. So naturally I had to try out the tv again since I figured out how to use the antenna. Found a few channels. Settled on RTV (Retro Television network). Haha. It's great. I watch Knight Rider, then A Team and now I am watching Magnum P.I. Classic. I love it. Hahaha.

I also found out my van does charge the battery while driving. Once I get home I will add the other one I have. That should get us through a week end.

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Dinner Guest

Tonight Adam came down to hang out. We are doing a radio controlled rock crawling competition tomorrow with http://eparccrawlers.com . We ran to walmart and got the cheap bucket of chicken. It was quite tasty.

Perfecting the camper shower

Today I was able to shower without getting freezing water. Still had plenty of hot left over in fact. This won't be so bad. Just had to adjust my routine a bit.

Lessons learned :)

So this morning I learned that in a camper, you must shower quickly and smartly. Get wet then flip the switch to shut off water. Soap up and then flip switch back on and rinse. Be done. There is only a 6 gal hot water heater so it goes fast. That may get upgraded someday to an instant hot water heater. They can sustain hot water in definitely.