Home on the Road: 4 Tips to Help You Cozy Up in Your RV
The pandemic caused a surge in RV sales and rentals this year. If you’re riding out the pandemic on the open road, we’ve got four tips to help weatherproof your RV and make it more comfy and cozy for winter road trips.
Insulate Windows: Just like your house, your home away from home can get drafty—and windows are often the leading source of heat loss. Frost King Window Insulation Kits solve this problem by creating an extra layer of insulation that can save up to 35% of the heat that is lost through your windows. To install, all you need is a pair of scissors, a hair dryer, and a free afternoon. And because the film shrinks tight and crystal clear, you can still enjoy every second of the view that rolls by your window. Instagrammer RV Rebel has a great step-by-step installation tutorial that makes the job easier. She’s even got tips on how to help the film stick to metal RV window frames all season long.
Add Curtains for More Warmth—and Charm: If you’ve added window film and can still feel a chill through your windows, try adding thermal curtains to keep more heat inside. These window coverings are made of double or triple layers of tightly woven fabric with a layer of acrylic foam sandwiched in between. Beyond preventing cold outside air from leaking into your living space, they dampen sound, block sunlight, and give you lots more privacy. You can find them in lots of different colors, patterns, and lengths so these decorative drapes can add character while helping to soften your RV space and making it feel more welcoming. The downside is that for thermal curtains to do their job, they need to be closed—which means missing out on all the gorgeous scenery passing by outside your windows.
Show the Floors Some Love: RVs don’t have basements or crawl spaces, so there’s nothing between you and the great (and cold!) outdoors but the floor. And who wants to start their day by stepping on a cold floor? Fortunately, there’s a quick, easy, and attractive fix: simply laying thick, plush carpets over your RV’s floors adds a layer of insulation that keeps heated air from seeping outside and cold air from seeping in—and keeps your feet warmer when you’re walking around. Even better, you can find area rugs in countless colors, patterns, sizes, and budget ranges so they are a great way to add warmth and comfort while helping you personalize the interior to create an aesthetic that reflects you.
Wrap Your Water Heater and Pipes: Nothing beats a hot shower when it’s cold outside—so make sure your RV’s hot water heater is up to the task. Lay your hand on the outside of the hot water tank. If it feels warm to the touch, it’s losing heat and could benefit from some insulation. Insulating the hot water tank is a quick and inexpensive project that can improve the energy efficiency of your unit and save you money on heating costs. Frost King’s Water Heater Insulation Blanket is a vinyl-backed sheet of fiberglass insulation that you just wrap around your tank and tape in place to cut down on heat loss. Check out the DIY video on our site for installation pointers to help you do the job right.
And don’t forget that frozen and burst pipes are a very real problem for RV owners. To protect hot and cold water pipes from freezing in frigid temperatures, you should wrap them with insulation too. Frost King’s Tubular Foam Pipe Insulation comes in a variety of sizes to fit a range of pipe diameters and are pre-slit so they slip over your pipes quickly and easily. And our pre-formed Self-Sealing Tees and Elbows make insulating pipe connections a cinch. Watch this short video for installation tips.