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So since we have only lived in the RV in one state, and now our second, I don’t have all the knowledge of how to live in your rig in a cold climate. But I do have some recommendations. First here are some products that will help you with preparing your rig for cold conditions.
As for inner warmth We have two of these. I prefer the infrared vs the ceramic heaters because of the type of heat they put out. Here is a link to an article explaining the difference. Our rig is 42ft long and these have worked wonders during the winter.
We do have a ceramic heater in our bathroom, a mini one, and a very small one in our bedroom. Although I have found that when I keep the heaters in the back bathroom and living room around 70 degree’s the heat from the lower part of the rig rises to our bedroom and I am often times putting on the fan I have next to my bed to cool off. NOTE: We also use heaters instead of our furnace because it uses SO much propane. We get maybe 2 nights out of it if we are lucky. So we stick with heaters cause it’s cheaper. The park we were at and are at right now everything is included in the rent price. So electric, water, and sewer. So between propane or electric I’d rather pay the electric charge but since it’s all inclusive we don’t have to worry about that.
As far as the heated hose I told you about here is what we have. I know it’s alot to spend but being that you will be in a cold climate its SO worth it! It’s an investment as many of these items are but when you full-time in your rig especially in a cold climate its not worth skimping on this type of stuff. This has worked SO well and has been a terrific investment for cold weather. Even here in California I have plugged it in. We are nestled in the mountains about 6 miles from the beach but lately it has gotten very cold. Down to like 40 degree’s. I could see my breath! I got the 50 foot just because when you park you never know how much length your going to need to get from your RV to the outside faucet.
RV’s get condensation during winter months and can cause mold. Everyone will recommend a dehumidifier for your rig. This is the one we have. If your rv is smaller than ours, which is 42ft then you don’t need one this large. I got this one because it will shut off when full and it has the ability to constantly drain. So we have it draining to our grey tank in the back bathroom when its turned on. You will need to get THIS hose if that’s what you want to do also. This was another big investment for us but I think it was definitely worth the money. It comes in 30, 50 and 70 pint sizes.
Here is what a LOT of people use. You have to cut and hem it to fit. Although it has wonderful reviews out there about how well it works. Cutting and hemming to fit requires a little bit of sewing skills but for insulation this is definitely a good choice!
I went to dump our black tank the one year. The first year we were full-timing and it was winter time. When I went to pull the tank handle it wouldn’t budge. It had frozen in place. Now I don’t think the stuff IN the black tank was frozen or maybe it was and that’s why I couldn’t pull it. We wound up having to use our neighbors toilet for a day or two until things thawed out. NOT fun!
Professional Skirting: You can get skirting done professionally. Either by bringing it into a shop that does it or measuring and getting it mailed to you. After doing some research I found this company that has a great setup. And with them you CAN measure and have it mailed to you! HERE is a link to the company.
If the pricing for the professional skirting is a bit out of your price range then you can always go with THIS product off Amazon. That is what I am planning on doing this year (winter 2018) It comes in 3 different colors and I plan on doing brown for my rig.