Mobile Living Made Easy Australia Issue 2 - Page 15
FEATURE — PREPPING FOR WINTER
BEATING THE COLD
Naturally, a winter trip calls for waterproof boots,
warm clothes, and a sleeping bag rated to the
appropriate temperature, but don’t stop there: you
want to be truly comfortable, right?
We love our wind-up family camper but, in winter,
we have to be creative to keep warm. This includes
using rugs at night to save our feet from the icy
floor, and sealing off unnecessary draughts. Note:
every RV in Australia has a vent at the lowest point
to allow gas to escape should there be a leak. This
vent cannot be blocked.
Now, by their very nature, wind-up campers
aren’t well insulated. But modern caravans
and motorhomes are. In fact, many even have
double-glazed windows and a reverse-cycle air-
conditioner. But to really beat the winter chill, an
air heater is the ultimate RV accessory.
RV air heaters are available as gas or diesel-fired
units, but I reckon the diesel units are the way to
go. Be sure to use Alpine diesel where temperature
demands. Another tip: If your van’s heater doesn’t
have a remote control, see if the switch can be
placed within arm’s reach of your pillow, so you can
warm up the van before getting out of bed.
Re a d y a c c e ss to h o t w a te r w i l l m a ke a b i g
difference, too. Trust me. Also, it might pay to have
this switch also located within arm’s reach of bed,
in case you’d prefer to turn the water heater off
overnight to save energy.
How to stay toasty outside of the van as you drink
your morning coffee? A warm jacket and beanie
are essential. But nothing keeps the cold wind off
your face quite like a set of annexe walls – and don’t
forget to include a canvas skirt that will prevent icy
draughts entering from underneath the van.
Finally, ask yourself: where are your winter travels
taking you? Will you need snow chains? Is there
sufficient tread for wet, potentially icy roads?
So don’t let your van sleep the winter away. It might
be cold and wet outside, but adventure waits for
Mobile living made easy. — 15