HOW TO STAY WARM IN THE WINTER – RV LIVING. If you’ve ever wondered about RV Living in Winter, then this video is for you. I’m showing you how to Keep Warm in Your RV and sharing Tips for Winter RV Living to stay warm in your RV all winter long. Winter rv life can be an issue if you’re not prepared for this type of RV lifestyle whether you have a motorhome or travel trailer. These are some of the RV heating tips I’ve tried both while camping at the RV park and boondocking.
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I wouldn’t rely on this. I probably rely on space heaters, maybe gas. That’s it. Hey, I’m bloggin brandi and this is RVersity, a university for RVers. And in this video I’m going to be showing you how to keep your RV warm in the winter or how essentially how I keep my RV warm in the winter. Be sure to stay tuned until the end of this video because I’m going to be sharing not only how to heat your Rv, but how to keep your RV from freezing when the temperature drops drops, drops, drops, below freezing. One of the first things when I’m talking about like heating my RV, this is a Mercedes sprinter van is actually a Winnebago era 170M. so it’s a kind of a small space. It’s just a van and it’s on a van chassis, like a van, like a driving van.
So that means when I talk about chassis versus house, this is the chassis. The chassis is going to be up here in the front where I would be driving the RV. The House is back here where you can see all the livable space and I’ll show you more of that here in just a second. One of the things that I’ve done in here, All this stuff came in in my RV. So these windows open up and one of the things about keeping your RV heated is you actually have to keep the heat in. Now I actually do this for air conditioning in the summer too. So it works both ways. But, I cut this out and I’ll show you this here in a second. I have this installation that I’ve bought and put in, but these blinds actually came in the RV and I just secure them with a hair clip cause Winnebago, I dunno why they don’t stay. And then I have these magnetic blinds that go in my windows that you can see. They just kind of like snap in and out.
The other thing that I put in are these curtains, my mom was kind enough to make these for me and I have these curtains and these are just window curtains, window coverings for just the normal window. I want to say these are 64 inches. But I’ll put all of these accessories that I have down below so you can check those out and get them for yourself. But you want to measure and customize things to your RV. So this is just a typical pole that you would hang clothes on. And this is actually for a car, so it just snaps in over here.
You can see it sits on there. The other thing that I do is I secure this off instead of using this sliding door, which is really big, that lets all of my heat out every time we use it. So what I decided to do is I’ll clip this off and just use this front space to come in and out of. So what I do is I just go in and out of the passenger door up here and you can see that there’s pretty good space. I’m say we’re in the front of the army are at now. And what I do is I just go out this front door and then I keep like a towel down here to put my boots and stuff on. So I’m going to show you how I go outside and it’s totally raining out here, but we just go out in the front door of the Rv so you can see that we just come in and out of the front door here.
I’m not even looking. come in and out of the front door instead of this big door because it’s going to let a lot of the heat out. If we go out of that door, and i take my boots and jacket off and leave them in the front. That’s one way that I keep the heat in the RV. So I was mentioning the insulation. Now with the insulation before you can even begin to heat your Rv, you got to keep the heat in. And so I’ve bought this insulation and I cut it out and I just cut it to go in the windows. Every window has it in there. Even my little windows, I put it in there. So these are just little windows.
And then these blinds came in here and I’ll explain what those corridors in a second. But these blinds came in here. They’re really crappy. Most of your RV blinds are crappy. I just kind of put that down cause you want to do anything you can to keep it insulated. And then also I have a vent up here so this has some covering on it but this is a vent that goes out and obviously any kind of windows are going to be cold. But I bought this, I think this is Camco. Got this on Amazon. Again, I’ll put links to all these accessories down below this video and you can also check them out on our rversity.com but all this you always put the reflection of course out. But this will keep, this helps keep the heat in. One thing to keep in mind when you’re trying to heat your RV is you may not want to heat the whole Rv, keep this shut all to keep just that area kind of colder. It is a little colder up there cause think about a car isn’t really that insulated but all this back half is really insulated and they put insulation all through. I mean these roofs are really cushiony because they have insulation in them. Keep the areas closed off so you can see I have this area closed off and then I have the bathroom area closed off.
So I have this door to my bathroom that I can close. Oh, so I only have to heat this shorter area or a smaller area than the whole coach. One thing I’m sure everybody wants to know about is. How you actually heat the RV. Right? Okay. So there’s two ways. I have my truma, which is built in to the RV and then I have space heaters. So let me explain how this works. So if I wanted to use the trauma, this is the unit that actually comes with the coach and I can go through here and set the temperature in the coach to come on. So if I wanted to set this to 50 or whatever I want it to be, this also controls my hot water, but the truma runs either on gas or it can run on electric.
That’s another feature. And then you also have the option to turn on your fans. So this helps play. You can either do higher eco. So this is not true. My system, it can run on the two. Like I said, gas or electric. But if I run my heater, I get this warning sign on. I like drink. This little warning always comes up. So it’s always broken. But w 45 H, I’m not sure what that means. I’ve tried to fix this thing is to always broken. So you have to have the other options, right? So you’re like, okay, well what are the other options, brandy? That would be things like space heaters. You have to know how you can run these things. So if I’m going to run on electricity, I’m going to have to be hooked up. Okay. If I want to run something like this space heater, I can either hook up to a RV park or you can run the generator.
So if I were, I’m not a generator, I have to have propane. So on people’s generators might be gas or diesel, but I have to have propane. So either way I technically we’d have to have propane to run this if I’m not hooked up at an Rv Park. Now some people say like, oh, can I hook up at the house? Well, technically I wanted to show you this. If you wanted to hook up at your house or even in an Rv park, one of the things to consider when you’re in your RV is this space heater, how much it pulls. So whether it’s an air conditioner, a space here, there huge consumptions of power. And so these outlets right here, these are your normal household outlets that these things fit into. So you just plug them in just like a household outlet. These are I think 120 volt outlets is that they call them.
I’m using this cord and you can see it goes out this window, so it’s a little Janky, but I have this in to keep the insulation in and this is all in here, but essentially I’ve put this cord out my window and I’ll show you from the outside when it was the cord. You can see coming down from the RV and then you can also see this aluminum all the way around the window and then the cord comes over here. The yellow. You can see it comes that yellow cord comes all the way down here and we plug it separate into the power and when I say separate, I mean because my this other one that’s plugged up and that’s my sarge protector and that actually this black cord right here goes into the RV and plugged that into. The reason I do that is because of the power consumption.
If I want to run my computer or something else in here, say I wanted to have my electric blanket running and plug that into the outlet, I wouldn’t want to run Say my electric blanket and the heater at the same time and I had my laptop charging. There’s a lot going on. Same with blow dryers and other stuff like that. Anything that’s going to have a lot of power consumption, it’s going to happen that you might blow a fuse in the RV, you might burn out your electrical system. You want to keep that in mind. That’s why I run this straight from the one 20 volts. This actually at the camp ground outside, I have a 30 amp. If you’re a 50 amp, same thing. My truma runs off a 30 amp at the RV park or if you had a 30 amp at your house for whatever reason wired up.
I can’t run this off electric, that’s just me personally. Yours might actually work. Mine never works, never has, but it will run off propane gas. So that’s what we’ve been running it off of. And what I did last night is I have this trauma going to keep the coach heated so that the water and stuff would say warm cause it actually dropped below freezing. And if you haven’t seen the video that I made about if your RV drops below freezing, I’ve put a link to that in the description below. And one thing I wanted to tell you, it was actually like what this is. This is a portable space heaters, but it’s a holmes portable space heater. And I think I picked this up at Walmart or Amazon or my mom might have gave it to me, but I’ve had another one that burned out these things.
Burnout over time. Not saying this one does, but just temperature gauges, you can set this one to certain temperatures. Other ones are different. You just want a cheap space heater. Honestly, low wattage would be best. That’s pretty much it. I have my truma, they runs off gas that I’ve been using and then I balance it out with this space heater. I use this space heater more than anything because I already paying for the electricity here and if I wanted it to run it off the gas, I have to pay for gas separate. And one thing I’ll show you is how I monitor that. I have a solar panel which keeps my batteries charged, but that would not control the heat for us. And so what I do is I look at, this is my battery, but my LP tank, that’s going to be my gas to allow me to run my generator.
What else in your runs off gas, really the truma or the generator runs off gas or you can cook in here off the gas on the cooktop and you can actually hook up a gas grill to the back. So one of the things that I forgot to mention are there haven’t mentioned that I have is this little handy small little thermostat. So this is made acurite. They have tons of different ones, either them or other brands. I think I picked this up on Amazon. I’ve seen him at a Walmart Home Depot, but it’s just an extra oil temperature gauge. And what I do is I’ll just sit it in my RV and it helps me know the temperature. But of course the other important thing is to have warm clothes, scarves, jackets, hats, and of course gloves. These are nice because they have the little fingertips, so you can still get on your phone, but just kind of figured this out by Rving warm clothes. Obviously it’s going to keep you warm in the RV. Ooh, so what if the temps drop
Below freezing. Heating versus freezing is completely different. I’ve had a horrible experience with freezing. I made a whole video about that, that I mentioned and beginning of this. You can check that out in the description below this video or head over to our RVersity dot com where all the fun is and Check that out if you haven’t met me yet. I’m blogging Brandi, this is RVersity university for RVers and all these really cool accessories that I’m talking about like this gloves and my heater and my high insulation and the windows and all the great stuff that I’ve done. My Cool curtains back here, I’m including in the description below this video as well as on my website RVersity.com to make sure that you check those out. People always ask me, I’m sharing. If they’re there, you got to go get them for yourself. I can’t send them you, oh yeah, don’t forget to click my link because that’s how we get to make all these great, amazing videos for you and how get just a little tiny affiliate commission for mentioning some of these great things because you can pick them up on Amazon. That’s where I get everything while I’m traveling. Can you just say thanks for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe and we’ll see you in the next video. but make sure you stay tuned until the end of the video actuallyI already did that one.
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