To find heat tape, the Slunky sewer hose support, our high-flow water pressure regulator, our Kozy World heater and steel wool on Amazon, here's the links:
Click here to find heat tape: http://tinyurl.com/p9qgpbg
Click here to find the 20-foot Slunky: http://tinyurl.com/slunky-20-foot
Click here to find the pressure regulator: http://tinyurl.com/mjaqluw
Click here to find our Kozy World heater:http://tinyurl.com/lvn4nj7
Click here to find 0000 steel wool: http://tinyurl.com/qjxyzn9
We've been RV snowbirds for 8 winters in a row, mostly in the Desert Southwest. This year, for the very first time, we'll be spending the winter in the RV in a northern location.
Granted, the Lower Mainland of British Columbia isn't exactly Manitoba when it comes to winter, but we're far enough up in the mountains to get some freezing temperatures and snow here.
We show you all the steps we're taking to winter in our motorhome. We'll demonstrate how to keep the water hose from freezing and how to keep ourselves warm too. We'll cover water hose insulation, heat tape, the differences between all five sources of heat we have available, moisture & humidity control, and even pest control.
We'll also be using our Extend-a-Stay (also known as a Stay-a-While or an Extend-a-Flow) to connect to a large external propane tank.
SInce this is our first time dealing with winter in the rig, we've done a lot of reading and learned a lot from our friends and neighbors up here in beautiful, friendly BC. The site we're on has 30-amp electric, so we have to be particularly aware of our power usage.
Luckily, Birgit & Greg, whose site we're using, were nice enough to let us tap into their super-size external propane tank (we'll be paying for the propane we use, of course). So propane shouldn't be a problem, but we'll still want to keep our usage to a minimum, since it's expensive, and propane use can cause excess moisture to build up in the rig.
There are lots of RVers who know way more than we do about RVing in REAL winter deep freeze conditions, but we wanted to give other cold weather newbies a feel for some of the steps we've taken to prepare for it. We've seen a lot more online about winterizing an RV for storage, and we wanted to add some information about living on board too.
NOTE: We mention using fine 0000 steel wool in this video. It is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE, and care should be used in storing and using it. To see our video demonstrating how to start a fire using only steel wool and a 9-volt battery, click here:
The intro music is my own piano performance of Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag from 1899.
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RV Geeks offers basic DIY (do it yourself) RV service, repair, maintenance and travel tips from full-time RVers who have been handling most of their own maintenance since hitting the road in 2003.
Be sure to confirm that all methods and materials used are compatible with your particular recreational vehicle. Every type of motorhome, motorcoach, fifth wheel, travel trailer, bus conversion, camper and toy hauler is different, so your systems may not be the same as ours.
While we're not RV technicians, we're very mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. We handle most of our own minor service, maintenance and repair work on our 2005 43' Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. We also maintained our 2002 39' Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during our first two years on the road.
We meet lots of newer RVers who are eager to learn some basics about maintaining and caring for their rigs. After more than 10 years on the road, we want to share what we've learned (some of it the hard way). ;-)
We hope our experiences can help other RVers go DIY, saving some time, money and effort, while experiencing the satisfaction of a job well done.
We do not pretend to be experts on any particular RV topic, and mostly know about maintaining our own rig. But lots of things are the same on RVs in general, and diesel pushers in particular.
Comments welcome! Thanks for watching!