Small Space Scribes on January 6, 2020 0 Comments RV living isn’t just for summer road trips. It can be just as much fun in the winter if you have the right setup. Whether you’re ready to embark on winter adventures in your RV, or you’re new to full-time RV living altogether and want to be prepared to meet Jack Frost, here are some tips and products to make sure you stay warm in your RV. Insulate Heat can easily escape through windows and floors. You can trap heat inside your RV by adding thick rugs, sealing your windows, and covering them with thermal curtains. When it’s sunny outside, open the curtains to let the sunlight in and enjoy the gorgeous views out your window. Don’t forget to also insulate yourself by putting on an extra layer of clothing, wearing a beanie, gloves, and wool socks, and using thermal sleeping bags or electric blankets. Use the stove or oven Cooking a hearty stew on your cooktop, or baking a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies, will take your mind off the cold for a while. As you sit down to enjoy what you’ve made it will also help heat you up on the inside. Not only will your RV smell amazing, but the stove will also provide some supplemental heat. When you’re finished, leave the oven door open so you’ll get the residual heat inside. Just keep in mind that as a best practice, it’s not recommended to use your RV range or oven as a primary heating source. Invest in a secondary heat source The factory-installed furnaces that come with most RVs are inefficient and use a lot of propane. A portable space heater makes sense if you’ll be plugging into places for just a few days at a time because electricity and metering is usually included in the overnight camping fees. If you’re staying in one place for awhile or enjoy boondocking (dry camping) then a vent-free propane heater is a great option. Get an outdoor heater Even though it’s cold outside you can’t stay cooped up inside your RV all winter. You still want to be able to enjoy the scenery and entertain company where you are. If you have the storage space, an outdoor patio heater is a great option. There are also tabletop heaters that can provide you some warmth while sitting outside and allowing you to save on storage space. Enhance your space with an electric fireplace An electric fireplace can add both warmth and ambiance to your RV lifestyle. If your space doesn’t allow a full-size fireplace, there are wall-mounted options available. Many of them can operate with or without heat, allowing them to be used year-round. All that is required is electricity and the right mounting tools. Keep humidity levels in balance What many people don’t think about is that all the heat in a small space can create a humid environment and lead to condensation which causes mold and allergens. When it starts to feel stuffy or you notice condensation, a dehumidifier can help. On the flip side, cold weather also means drier air that causes problems such as dry, cracked skin and respiratory problems. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, then a humidifier will help keep the air in your RV comfortable. Shivering and shoveling is not most people’s idea of a good time. While we can’t promise you won’t be doing some shoveling, the tips above can help with the shivering part. Even the best made RV doesn’t have the same insulation as a well-built home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay just as warm and cozy. Whether you’ll be skiing down the summit or sipping cocoa by the windowsill, investing in the right products will ensure you’ll be warm in your winter wonderland.