Driving Your RV in Weather
Many people only take their recreational vehicles out for a spin during the summer when the weather is at its most optimal. However, other people prefer going camping in the winter, or they want to drive through many different states where they will encounter a variety of weather conditions. If you are used to driving when it is bright and sunny outside, then you need to prepare accordingly. Your RV is different from a regular car, so there are various ways you need to get ready for snowy, rainy or foggy conditions.
Check the Tires on Your RV
This is similar to what you need to do with a sedan. Most of the time, your vehicle will have its summer tires applied. You should swap these tires out during the winter when it is snowing outside that come with better grip. You also want to invest in tire chains when it really starts snowing. Some states actually require RVs to have tire chains applied by law. Therefore, anyone wanting to go on an interstate trip should look up the laws to make sure they do not get pulled over.
Winterize Your RV’s Pipes
Look up what the weather will be like before your trip. In the event the temperature will drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you will need to winterize your vehicle’s pipes. The reason is that pipes can freeze at that temperature. This is particularly important if you drive an older model. Newer models tend to have a heated water duct system included. You can winterize the pipes by applying antifreeze or wrapping heat tape around the pipes.
Use Low Beams
Oncoming traffic will likely have the lights on. This light can reflect off the snow and disrupt your vision, making it difficult to see what is directly in front of you. As a result, you will want to have your low beams on at all times, so you can always see. Additionally, it is recommended to avoid night driving when conditions are not ideal. The snow or rain already makes it more difficult to drive, so you do not want another factor hampering your ability to operate a vehicle.
Check the Batteries
The last thing you want when you are on a big trip is for the battery to die. You do not want your RV to stall out and end up not having heat when it is snowing outside. Have a mechanic check out your vehicle before a road trip to ensure every component is in good working condition. You want to be prepared for the worst, which is why you want a generator and propane. If you end up getting stranded on the side of the road, you can at least have the heat running until help arrives.
Avoid Driving Through Standing Water
Hydroplaning is a very real threat. When you see a puddle, you have no idea how deep it actually is. You could end up swerving your vehicle out of control. If this ever happens to you, then do not apply the brakes. Instead, take your foot off the gas pedal and wait until your tires regain traction.
There are numerous items you need to pack to have peace of mind in case anything bad occurs. Even if it seems like too much, it is better to be safe than sorry. Items you always want to have inside your vehicle include:
- Back-up clothing
- Extra food
- Bottled water
- First aid kit
- Toilet paper
- Sealant and spray lubricant
Change Plans If You Do Not Feel Comfortable Driving Your RV In Weather
You may have plans to go on an awesome road trip this winter. However, weather can change at a moment’s notice and a big snow storm is expected. Do not be afraid to cancel plans. If you are already on the road and the weather gets worse, then you should absolutely pull off to the side until you feel comfortable again. You can even use this as an opportunity to explore a town you have never heard of before.
As one final tip, you should make sure you have RV insurance before a big trip. Adair Insurance is here to give you peace of mind, so if anything happens, you know you are covered. Anyone who does not currently have insurance or want to see if a better policy is possible should contact us at 1-844-727-7207.