An unheated metal camper can get bone-chillingly cold in winter. Weather forecasts can occasionally be wrong, which can put campers in much colder temperatures that they expected. Pete Zimowsky of the Fresno Bee offers some tips for staying warm.

  • If you plan to use your furnace, check to see that your propane tank is filled before leaving home.
  • Your ideal option is to stay at a place where you can get a plug-in, such as a state park or RV park, so you can run a small electric heater all night.
  • Pick a campsite in the sun to have the advantage of solar heat during the day.
  • If possible, park in a spot out of the wind.
  • Close the drapes and blinds at night for added insulation.
  • Before heading out, make sure your camper’s water system has been winterized.
  • Choose a campground near a café. Taking your meals at a restaurant will permit you to warm up for a while.
  • Store water bottles inside the refrigerator, so they won’t freeze during the night.
  • Invest in a zero degree two-person sleeping bag.

Check out Access Camping website regularly for tips.