While summer is stereotypically the season for motorhome holidays, there’s a group of brave souls that venture out in winter for their RV road trips. Why do these intrepid travelers choose the colder months to for their vacations? How do they manage to stay warm, dry and comfortable? Is it possible that you yourself would enjoy a winter RV road trip? Find out, below.
One major upside to winter travel is the fact that wherever you’re headed, you’ll probably be dealing with far less crowds than normal. It’s not just the fact that there will be less people around - this has knock on effects than can include faster travel times, greater motorhome rental availability and even cheaper RV park accommodation. Sure, the weather may not be quite as clement as it is during the summer months, but as long as you take a few precautions this shouldn’t be a major issue. This aspect will especially appeal to those seeking quiet and solitude in their motorhome holiday.
While many of us spent the colder months huddled in front of a cosy fire, those who cast off the comforts of home to go forth into a winter wilderness will discover a world rarely seen by humans. Each season has its own appeal, and while much praise has been heaped upon the “purity of snow-blanketed landscapes” not many actually go out to experience the charms of winter. Traveling in an RV can (if you’re smart about it) insulate you from the cold, provide you with many of the comforts that you’re accustomed to and at the same time allow you to get right in the midst of landscapes that appear virtually untouched - truly the best of both worlds.
It’s no secret that winter opens up a whole world of possibilities - skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing… The arrival of snow (on the mountains at least) provides holidaymakers with myriad seasonal activities to take advantage of, and a motorhome will allow you to sample the best of them, rather than just restricting yourself to one ski slope. Many ski resorts have RV camping spots available, with a good number offering RV hookups as well - just make sure to double check that the places you have in mind do accommodate motorhomes before setting out on your epic snowcentric vacation.
While there are many great reasons to take a motorhome holiday in winter, travelling in colder weather is not without its challenges. Have a chat to your motorhome rental provider to make sure that the vehicle you’re hiring will handle winter weather. Snow chains might be a good idea for some roads - these may be included with your rental, but it’s definitely something you’ll want to look into just to be on the safe side. One issue that can prove a bit of an annoyance for motorhoming winter warriors is condensation. Fortunately this is easily remedied by bringing along a little dehumidifier. Not only will this keep the interior of the RV dry and healthy, but it will actually make the whole space feel warmer.
So don’t be afraid to strike out on a cold weather RV road trip - the wonders of winter are waiting! In case you want to witness a true winter, you could head to Canada where Calgary and Montreal will amaze you. Northern Italy, is also a great destination with cities like Milan and Turin offering a good base. Norway is another place you don't want to miss if you want to experience a real winter. Finally, in case you would like to see the northern lights, you should go to Iceland and tour the country from Reykjavik.