Whether your RV is going into winter storage or taking you to warmer locations, you'll need to do some type of winter prep. RVillage members share their tips.

Storing your rig: Where? How?

If you're not one of those hundreds of thousands of snowbirds who heads south for warmer climates for the winter—perhaps your rig is going into storage. Here are some ideas for finding storage that should work almost anywhere, short-term or long-term.

To cover or not to cover?

A few ideas here. More discussion on covers, and keeping the snow off.

So many details...
In the many different RVillage groups you'll find RVillagers talking about various ways to prepare your RV for storage—such as removing the batteries, checking the seals on the roof, running RV antifreeze through the water lines (the pink stuff, see more below); preventing interior mold, taking steps to keep pests out, parking on boards, covering the tires and pulling the window shades to prevent UV damage—and even utilizing various theft deterrents. Don't forget to turn off the propane!

How do you get that “pink stuff” into the water lines and tanks to prevent freezing?

See helpful answers. Should you use a compressor? How much RV antifreeze? Learn here, with other useful tips. Winterize that toilet bowl, too!

How do you keep those pests from taking over?

So many great tips.

Related Post: RVillagers share tips for keeping pests out of your RV!

“Exercising” a stored motorhome
If you own a motorhome, RVillagers advise taking it out once a month and driving it about 20-30 miles to exercise the engine, drivetrain and tires. While doing so, they recommend turning on the generator and running the air conditioner as well. (Visiting your rig could have the added benefit of scaring off any rodents, too.)

Do you need to winterize if it's only going to be a temporary freeze?
See responses here.

Go south? Winter RV travel

RVillagers share how they prepare for traveling from a cold climate to a warmer snowbird destinations.

View helpful suggestions.

Watch that weather as you travel, and don't get caught in a blizzard (if you can help it). Safely wait it out, if you need to.

RVillagers discuss locations that require tire chains.

10 winter driving tips from a helpful RVillager!

Related post: Weather & Wildfire Safety for RVers

“Snowbird” destinations

See what RVillagers are thinking here.

Sadly, our Canadian RVillagers may not be able to cross to the border to go south for the winter due to “non-essential” travel restrictions. (Note: Information keeps changing on this.)

For RVers already in the U.S., a few popular spots for staying warm are:
        • Southern Florida
        • Arizona (low elevations)
                • Quartzsite (shown above)
                • Lake Havasu
        • Southern California
        • Pahrump, NV
        • Texas (some areas)
        • New Mexico (low elevations)
        • Mexico (border restrictions may also be in effect here)

Photo credit: Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show

The Quartzsite "big tent" show is ON for 2021!

Related post: RV Destination—Quartzsite, Arizona

Check out these RVillage groups for winter snowbirds:

Decorating and entertaining for the holidays

See comments for photos above.

Photo credit: Ron & Laurie Woud
Related post: Home for the Holidays—in Your RV!

Whether you'll be at your home base or on the road...

RVillage Groups

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Disclaimer: The information gathered here is compiled from the posts and opinions of RVillagers, and not of RVillage itself. RVillage assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions.

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