Now that winter is in high gear, full time winter campers and RVers are likely noticing an increase in their propane usage. After all, you have to keep your rig warm, and the built-in furnace seems to be the most logical way to do that. Using the propane system to heat up water for showering and washing dishes requires a lot more time when the weather is cold. This means a lot more fuel is used every time the propane water heater is turned on.
Obviously, this big increase in propane usage can get very expensive. On top of that, using lots of propane for heating and cooking in your rig when the weather outside is colder causes condensation to build up on the walls and windows. Eventually, this condensation can cause mold and mildew, two things you definitely don’t want to deal with.
Luckily there are ways to cut back on your wintertime propane usage, saving you tons of money and saving your walls from mildew spots. Here are our top 6 tips for using less propane while remaining comfy and cozy in your RV.
If you have the option to move your RV out of cold weather while using it, do it! Camping is a lot more fun in the sun, and staying in a place that is nice and warm all day long can reduce or even completely eliminate the need for running the furnace. The warmer outside temperatures will also help keep condensation to a minimum inside the rig.
Not sure where to go to get warm this winter? Try one of these popular winter RVing spots:
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Dry your hair there and you’ll be ready to cool off a bit on your way back to your rig.
Instead of using your propane stove and oven to cook in your RV, why not use electricity to cook? Many RV parks include electricity in their camping fees, but even when it isn’t included, cooking electricity tends to be cheaper than cooking with propane.
Some people also like to keep toaster ovens, induction burners, and/or indoor electric grills on hand.
All that said, it is important to remember that space heaters can pose a fire hazard. Therefore, you’ll want to be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions, keep the heaters away from anything flammable, and avoid using more than a couple of heaters at a time. Units with ceramic heating elements are the safest bet, and heaters with a built-in safety shut-off are a must.
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Finding ways to cut back on propane usage will lower your camping (or living) costs, meaning you have more funds leftover to fully enjoy your travels. Hopefully you have plenty of great trips planned for winter and into the springtime!
By Chelsea Barron of whereverwewander.com
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