Thursday, January 8, 2015

RV Camping in Florida Winters

This time of year, we see lots of posts about how to survive the winters in your RV. Camping in the cold can be a great time for campfires and s'mores, but it can be hard to stay warm. Plus, you'll often meet extra challenges in your RV as it braves the cold. As we talk about winter, we're going to give you some tips and tricks to survive RV camping during Florida winters. 

1. PACK THE RIGHT CLOTHES
Look, we see you. Wrapped in several layers, putting on gloves, hats, scarves, long socks, boots and the works. The wind is blowing, your feet are still freezing. You're sloshing through the ice and snow. Just come to Florida. We'll tell you what you need to bring: Shorts, T-Shirts, One Long-Sleeved Shirt, Pants, A Jacket, Flip Flops, Tennis Shoes. If you're really afraid of the cold you can bring a scarf, but you probably won't need it. Ahh, the freedom of flip flops. 

2. Stay Warm
You turn up the furnace, grab your rapidly cooling cup of coffee and run to the nearest blanket. This is your morning routine and you're still cold. How do we stay warm in Florida? Good old fashioned sunshine. Even on our cooler winter days the sun is usually shining in a bright blue sky. Most days are in the mid-upper 70's and sunny. That's the best way to stay warm. 

3. Check Your Supplies
During bad snow storms, you can sometimes get stuck in your RV site for a long time. The power could go out or the water pipes could be frozen. You'd definitely want to have some extra food, flash lights, a generator and plenty of blankets just in case. We thought of some supplies you'd need for Florida: a hat, a big beach towel, sunscreen and snacks for the beach. Ready to visit yet?

4. Have the Right Food

When you're RV camping in the winter, you want to have the right food. You'll want good, hearty meals that will help keep you full, like chili, meat and potatoes. Since you'll be inside a lot, crock pot meals might be a good idea. Here in Florida, we're still grilling out, enjoying campfire foods and loving the great outdoors. In fact, winter might be one of the best times to enjoy outdoor meals in Florida. Isn't the sunshine state a beautiful thing? 

5. Prepare Your RV for the Weather

Winterizing your RV can be a costly and long process. You want to make sure everything is in place to save you the most money, keep you warm and protect your RV from the winter cold. We have one tip to prepare your RV for a Florida winter: Drive it here! There's a reason everyone comes down to Florida in the winter. The weather is perfect.