Summer might be the first season that comes to mind when planning your next camping trip, but why limit your opportunities to hitch up your RV and have some fun? At Lakeshore RV, we appreciate the value of four-seasons camping and we recognize the potential that winter has for exciting and adventurous possibilities. So if the snow doesn’t scare you into a temporary state of hibernation, consider packing up your camper and preparing for some winter RVing fun!
Seasonal Activities Abound!
There are plenty of reasons to brave the cold and there are plenty of ways to beat your boredom this winter. Here are just a few of the fun outdoor activities exclusively offered during the winter months, so enjoy them while you can:
- Ice fishing
- Ice skating
- Building snow forts
- Hot tubbing/Hammocking
- Ice hockey
Benefits of Winter RVing
There are some winter RVing benefits that balance out the sacrifice of priceless summer warmth. If you’re unsure of the advantages that winter has to offer, we’ve compiled a few ways in which cold weather-camping has the upper-hand:
No Bugs - You won’t spend your evenings swatting at flies, and you won’t wake to discover you’re covered in mosquito bites.
Discount Offers - Most RV parks and campgrounds that remain open year round offer discounted prices in the off-season, which means you can camp at a bargain!
No Crowds - Winter is typically the slow season for most attractions so you can forget about jam-packed establishments, long lines, and hordes of tourists.
Unique Beauty - When you forget about the threat of hypothermia and frostbite, those white winter expanses and icicle-coated trees are actually quite beautiful and picture-worthy.
Before Hitting the Road
With low temperatures and heavy snowfall, there are several preparations that you might want to consider before embarking on your winter camping trip. Ensure that your RV is ready for whatever winter has in store by:
- Adding weather stripping to all your doors, windows, basement areas, and access panels
- Checking the furnace to be sure that it is working properly and efficiently
- Emptying your black water and grey water tanks, and winterizing your systems
- Insulating your pipes with foam insulation and adding heating pads for added protection
- Installing Relectix® insulation to your windows and hatch cushions to your ceiling vents
- Sealing any leaks and reinforcing seams with silicon caulk or a rubber coating
Fun Winter RVing Ideas
Convinced that a winter RV excursion is worth it, but not sure where to go? Here are just a few ideas for some fun winter adventures to take in Lakeshore RVs home state of Michigan:
A Cozy Cadillac Ski Trip
Get yourself a lift ticket and take on the slopes near Cadillac, Michigan! With Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort and Crystal Mountain both in close proximity, this destination is perfect for snow-eager RVers! During your visit you can plan your stay at the Birchwood Resort and Campground which is open year round for your winter weather enjoyment. Although water hookups are shut off in the winter, they do offer heated bathrooms for easy hygienic upkeep.
A Scenic Sleeping Bear Dunes Retreat
Experience the picturesque beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes without the mass influx of visitors common in the summer months. In the winter there are amazing opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing! Make reservations at the on-site Platte River Campground and you’ll get to enjoy the ease of pull-through sites, as well as electrical hookup and hot showers.
A Full-Throttle Snowmobiling Adventure
With over 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, Gaylord, Michigan, is renowned for its winter weather opportunities! Load up your snowmobiles into your toy hauler and head here after a heavy snowfall for some fast-paced fun! During your adventure you can stay at Benjamin’s Beaver Creek Resort which offers direct access to the trails. After a long day of riding you can thaw out in the resort's hot tub, sauna, or indoor pool!
A Charming Traverse City Getaway
Enjoy awe-inspiring winter scenes in the warm, welcoming atmosphere of Traverse City. With perfect opportunities for wine tasting, you can warm up with a drink while watching the snow fall outside of wineries such as Mari Vineyards, Chateau Chantal, and Peninsula Cellars. For family-friendly fun, visit the water park at Great Wolf Lodge. For overnight RV accommodations check out the Traverse City State Park. Reservations can be made online for your convenience.
While you might not end your winter RVing vacation with a sun tan and mosquito bites, you will walk away with amazing memories and a newfound appreciate for all the fun that winter has to offer! Do you have anything to add on the topic of winter RVing? Let us know by leaving a comment.