If you’ve decided to go camping in the winter, your fragile RV windows are going to face a lot of possible damage due to cold and snowy weather. Since you’ll constantly be on the move, a protective tarp won’t be enough to completely keep out snow and ice. Luckily, even if you don’t find a huge garage to store your RV in, taking these three countermeasures will do a lot to prevent damage to your windows.
Keep Your Heat On As Much As Possible
It’s understandable if you don’t want to keep your RV’s heating system running all the time just to keep your windows warm. But even just turning on the heat for a few minutes after every sudden temperature drop will significantly reduce the risk of your windows cracking.
When you’re camping in an area without access to a power cord, don’t be afraid to use the propane tank attached to your RV to heat up the interior. Even if you keep the heat running while you and your family are somewhere else, most tanks will last a long time before running out.
Wipe Down The Outside Of Your Windows Regularly With Warm Water
To counteract the biting cold, periodically wash the outside of your windows with a towel and warm water. This will both take off any forming ice and bring your windows back to a more manageable temperature.
However, it’s important that the water you soak your towel in isn’t too hot. A sudden and extreme temperature change could cause your windows to warp or even shatter.
Clear Off Any Snow Or Ice That Forms On Top Of Your RV
The more snow and ice forms on top of your RV, the more likely it is that some of it will fall on to your RV window frames. Ice is especially dangerous because it can coalesce into icicles that can bleed on to your windows.
So before snow and ice formation gets too serious, wipe off everything on top of your RV with a long stick or shovel. To ensure that you get everything, find a stool or box to stand on so that you can see the top of your RV for yourself.
Cracked or shattered RV windows can be very expensive and frustrating to repair. So when you’re taking steps to prevent problems with your windows during the winter, don’t try to cut corners or only do part of what’s required.
Check out various RV parks that are open year-round to see what they recommend when camping in that area. Different parts of the country experience different severities of winter weather, and the locals will know how best to handle it.