Winter RV Living | Survive An Overnight Freeze in an RV

Winter RV Living | Survive An Overnight Freeze in an RV

Winter RV Living | Surviving an overnight freeze during the winter in an RV while also living full-time, was a first for us in November 2018.

We live in Fort Worth, Texas, so while we don’t experience the snow very often, we do get below 32 degrees.

I searched the internet on advice on how to prepare your RV for an overnight freeze, and I just couldn’t find much.

I did learn how to winterize your RV if you’re going to be storing, but not if you’re living in one.

So, I am writing this for those living Full-Time or staying in an RV during the winter who have the same questions I had the day we had a freeze warning.

Questions like:

  • What do I do?
  • How to keep my RV tanks and pipes from freezing?
  • Should I get more propane or space heaters or both?

1. shut off the water and cleared the pipes

Our freezes are usually just an overnight affair here in Fort Worth, Texas.

So, once it warms up the next day we don’t have to worry about our RV pipes or hoses freezing. Therefore, shutting the water off while we sleep isn’t a big issue.

We also made sure we had water bottles or jugged water in the fridge filled and ready to go.

So, the night before (since we did not have a heated hose) we completely shut off our water and detached the RV’s water hose.

We then make sure our lines and RV pipes are free of water by turning on the faucets inside to clear the lines.

We don’t worry about the water in the water heater because it’s electric and stays warm.

If you do turn off your water heater, the best suggestion is to release the water to prevent freezing and ruining your hot water tank.

Another option is to purchase a heated water hose and some styrofoam to cover your pipes for extra insulation.

A good practice is to keep your cabinets open in the kitchen and bathroom. This allows the RV’s sink pipes to stay warm.

If you don’t have a heated water hose, you can get one right here at Amazon! So worth it! 


2. Released the Black and Grey tanks

The next thing we did was released our RV’s tanks and kept our valves closed.

Now, if your tanks are 1/3 full, and have a heating element or heating pads that keep them from freezing then it’s okay if you don’t release them.

However, I always like to be safe then sorry so since we could release them, we did!

3. Stocked up on Propane and bought a space heater

After shutting off water and releasing the tanks, next we checked our propane tanks.

(We actually ran out of propane right before the freeze and kind of freaked, so we learned this one the hard way.)

Luckily, my brother in law had an extra tank that we could use for the night. Therefore, we didn’t have to run to the store.

So, lesson learned, when it’s cold and your Winter RV Living you always want to have extra propane.

Another option if you don’t want to rack up a high bill of propane during the winter RV living is to buy a space heater or two.

Our RV has an electric fireplace, but even that doesn’t put off enough to heat the whole RV when it below 32 degrees outside. So, having an extra space heater won’t hurt and will save you money on propane.

The best space heaters we have found is this Ontel Handy Heater and the Trustech Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater.

The Ontel Handy Heater plugs right into the wall and is great for bedrooms or bathrooms. It saves so much space too!


4. Get a Dehumidifier

Another thing is the condensation!

With the cold air outside and the warm air inside, this causes condensation on the windows. Over time, if not properly dealt with can cause mold issues.

Therefore, purchasing a dehumidifier is very handy and helps prevent future mold issues. This is a must when your winter RV living.

Also, we love using the Arm & Hammer moisture absorbers.

We place these in the bedrooms, closet, bathroom, and can be put pretty much anywhere.




5. Insulated our RV windows

To keep the warm in and winter out, insulating your windows is recommended.

This can be done with bubble wrap, styrofoam, or insulation boards, and some velcro or tape. This will also help with the condensation too that can accumulate on your windows.

For a quick buy, you can just check out the local hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot.


6. Purchase an RV Skirt

RV skirts are great, especially if you are going to experience snow or freezing temperatures.

These skirts provide protection from wind, snow, debris blowing underneath, and the insult the underbelly of your RV to help further prevent your tanks and pipes from freezing!


7. We Bundled Up!

And last, but not least…BLANKETS!

Stay bundled up with blankets, socks, warm clothes, and yes… even gloves! RV’s walls are thin and having extra blankets to stay warm during winter RV living is a must!

Our favorite blankets are wool blankets specifically because that is one of the warmest materials.

Wool blankets are great for indoor snuggles or outdoor sitting by the fire. 😊

Also, Don’t forget the Coffee, Hot Tea, or Hot Chocolate for extra warmth!!


Final Thoughts

So, let’s recap on what we did to keep our RV from freezing and how we stayed warm during our Texas Freeze.

  1. Turned the water off and clear water lines. (Unless you have a heated water hose. In this case, having Styrofoam for extra insulation on the pipes, open cabinets, and keep the water dripping out of the faucet)
  2. Release Tanks
  3. Purchase Extra Propane or a Space Heater
  4. Purchase a Dehumidifier
  5. Insulate your Windows
  6. Purchase an RV Skirt
  7. Bundle up! Wool Blankets, socks, warm clothes! Stay Warm!!

I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope this helps answer some questions on staying warm while winter RV living full-time.

While we make these suggestions, we are not responsible for any mishaps, freezing pipes and hoses, or fires.

We do recommend you use safety measures and read your RV’s owner’s manual.

If you have any other tips that have helped you during a Freeze, please leave us a comment!

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Our Honeymoon at The Beloved Hotel (Honest Review)

Our Honeymoon at The Beloved Hotel (Honest Review)

Our honeymoon trip was truly an amazing and memorable experience. Staying at the Beloved Hotel was like being treated like royalty. This Hotel is an all-inclusive adult-only dream vacation that didn’t cost a fortune. We were blessed to have this trip gifted to us by Matthew’s Father. The total trip cost including airfare was less than $2500. For a week-long vacation with spa day and airfare, the cost and value were unbeatable for us.

After our amazing wedding of spending time with our family and friends as we became one, we expected the honeymoon to be the cherry on top. We had been waiting for this much-needed vacation for a long time!

Plus, this was Matthew’s first time out of the country! So, I was even more excited for him to experience a different culture.

As we arrived at the Airport in Cancun we easily located our shuttle which was also included in our bundled purchase. The ride was a little cramped, but that didn’t bother us! We enjoyed a shuttled ride with other honeymooners.

As we got out of the van, there was staff waiting to grab our bags as well as hand us a nice cool damp towel to clean our hands and a celebratory champagne. First impressions are everything and they either make or break your entire stay. Our first impression of our honeymoon stay at The Beloved was impeccable.

Check in was a breeze, the staff was attentive and present. Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, so we decided to explore and have a nice lunch overlooking the ocean. As we ate and explored they held our bags for us. I could already tell this trip was going to be relaxing and after planning a huge wedding, much needed.

Walking through the resort, you can really tell they pay attention to detail and cater to couples celebrating their honeymoons or anniversaries. All couples celebrating received a welcome banner across their doors as seen in the image. The details truly make it memorable and exciting to be celebrating.

Our stay consisted of many days on the beach, delicious all you can eat meals, and continuous flow of drinks. We played life-size chess, kayaked and snorkeled in the ocean. We enjoyed a beautiful relaxing couples therapeutic spa day that was complimentary with our honeymoon trip.

Our favorite night was the special 4-course meal prepared just for us on the beach. Matthew’s father happened to visit the same resort with his wife about a month before and made nice with the Manager. Therefore, when we arrived they had already been preparing a romantic beach dinner for our last night to enjoy at Matthew’s father’s request.

Even without that special dinner, the experience was more than we could imagine and we would go back in a heartbeat. If you are looking for a place to honeymoon, enjoy an anniversary, or just need a vacation; we recommend The Beloved.

Our opinions are our own. People may have other experiences with products, services, or places we recommend. We only recommend products, services, or places we have visited and enjoyed ourselves.

RV With Dogs – What to Expect

RV With Dogs – What to Expect

Traveling in an RV with Dogs is an experience all on its own. As my husband and I started the RV journey we had two dogs, Piper and Finley.

We are now living in an RV full time with three dogs because we adopted  Blaze from my husband’s sister.

With our experience with dogs and living in an RV, there are some things we would like to share.

But first, I would like to say that Dogs are incredible animals. The inspiration to write this post came from complaints I saw on Facebook that somehow pets ruin the RV experience.

Personally, I disagree with that statement because I believe pets are comforting, funny, and intelligent.

Our three fur babies are apart of our family!  With that being said, if we could take them absolutely everywhere with us, we would! However, they are not service animals and do not have a license to do so. So when we do travel, we try to always make sure that parks allow them to come along.

When it comes to living in such a small space with pets, I would be lying if I didn’t say it is an adjustment, not only for you but also for the pets themselves. Luckily, our dogs are pretty resilient and happy as long as they get to play, sleep, and fed twice a day.

So let’s get into it. What should you expect when moving into a small RV with your pet or pets and travel?

1. There will be hair!

I know, I know. This one is kind of a given but in all seriousness, with the space being so tiny in an RV the hair accumulates a lot quicker than in a house. I can’t tell you how much hair we accumulate in a single day, but if you didn’t like sweeping before, you’ll hate it even more.

We have to sweep our RV almost every day. We even wash/change our bedding twice a week because our little one, Finley, is a night cuddler and sleeps at our feet.

2. They Will Bark

It’s an inevitable event that happens when they see people walking around the RV park. Piper, our lab, sees a Squirrel and will whine. Blaze, our Ball Boy, barks when a doorbell sound goes off on the TV.

Whatever it is, they will bark and we do our best to correct their behavior but we understand dogs will be dogs. If you have a barker, the best thing we have found is to distract them with a toy or bone. This will help prevent them from the desire to stare out the window.

3. Leashes are a Necessity!

I can’t express how important it is to keep your dogs on a leash. This is pretty much a necessity mainly for the safety of the dog. There is no telling what other animals are out and about that could hurt your animal if they get loose. Many RV parks and national parks do require that dogs have to be on leashes.

Trust me, this is one area I struggled with when training my dogs. I tried everything to teach my dogs to walk easily on a leash, and I mean everything, but the only thing that works is the Gentle Leader. With the Gentle Leaders, I no longer have issues taking all three dogs out together at the same time. I know that if they see a squirrel I will not get pulled down to the ground.

4. Pick up the Poo!

Yes! This is a must and a foreseen event that has to happen when being a dog owner. Having poo bags is a necessity because who wants to walk outside in a nice RV park and step in dog poop? Picking up your dog’s poop is just common courtesy as well as doing your part to keep areas nice and clean.

5. Toys, Toys, and More Bones?

We have ropes, balls, and of course bones for our pups. The bones especially, keep the three occupied when we want and need them to be quiet. When you have people walking around or animals scurrying in the trees, the bones allow for some peace and quiet.

6. Exercise!

Dogs need their exercise and when RVing that means leashes and long walks if there is no dog park. RV’s are small spaces and any dog of any size can get cramped and have bursts of energy that needs to be released. Walks in the morning, afternoon, and evening become normal.

I believe a well-behaved dog is a tired dog!

There are also other methods to give a dog more outside time like portable fences and temporary tie outs. However, we personally never let our dogs stay outside unless we are out there with them.

 

7. Dirt & Mud … oh My!

Along with the dog hair, there will be a ton of dirt that gets tracked in, however, this isn’t only the dog’s fault. Our shoes bring in the dirt just as much as the dogs. Also, rainy days suck when living in an RV, especially when you are in an area that gets really muddy. It’s not only taking the dogs out but also having to clean them off and wipe their paws every time they come back in.

There you have it! These are our top 7 things to expect when RVing with dogs, whether you’re just going for the weekend or plan on full timing it like us. We hope this brings some insight into what it’s like to have dogs in an RV.

Our three fur babies are apart of our family. We will sweep every day and buy more and more toys as long as they are happy dogs. Dogs and other pets live very short lives and giving them the best life we can is what we strive for. Like we mentioned before, If places or hiking trails do not allow dogs, we skip it and move on. Let us know if you have any other suggestions on how you RV with dogs!

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