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Winter RV Camping in BC.

Last updated: 28 August 2023

For most folks, winter is the time to put the RV away for the next several months and dream of the days when the snow is gone and the open road calls once again.

For others, winter is just another camping season.

Winter RVing isn’t for everyone, but those that are into winter camping are huge fans. Campsites are near empty, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to take part in, and they get to wind down the day in their nice, cozy, warm RV or camper.

As long as you’ve got a 4×4 pickup truck, you can definitely handle winter camping

However, you can’t just hit the winter roads with your rig the same way you would in the summer. There’s a few things to consider before you venture out into the winter wilds.

Highway Rules

The rules in BC are that winter tires are required on highways from October 1 to April 30, as the winter weather can be unpredictable, especially in higher altitude areas. 

For certain highways that are not high-altitude or not heavy snowfall areas, the end date is March 30. For maps showing the designated routes, click here.

Winter Tire Requirements

RVs are included in these rules and will require at minimum M S tires on, but recommend carrying tire chains or other traction devices, just in case.

With fifth wheels and trailers, you should have the three peaked mountain snowflake or M S tires on the drive axle of the primary vehicle and carry chains for the trailer tires in case of slippery conditions. 

Class A motorhomes built on a commercial truck chassis can use chains or other traction devices if winter tires aren’t available.

Wondering what’s the best type of tire to have on your rig in the winter? While all-seasons are satisfactory for light snow and mild conditions, proper winter tires are wider and have deeper treads, which makes them better for gripping the road when there’s moderate to heavy snow.

Your rig’s owner’s manual will list the range of tires for your specific RV, so consider picking ones that are right in the middle of those suggested in order to give you the most leeway from good weather to poor weather.

Pack A Roadside Kit

It’s important to have one no matter the season, but in the winter it’s even more important to have an emergency roadside kit.

You do not want to be caught in the middle of a blizzard without the necessary provisions to keep you safe until you can get help, so make sure your kit is well stocked and include items for warmth, like blankets, hand warmers, and some extra warm clothes like socks and sweaters.

More Winter Tips

What else can you do to make your RV winter ready? Look at fixing any spots around windows and doors that feel drafty to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Having plush rugs and curtains will help keep it nice and cozy in your RV.

Invest in an RV skirt that will block the underside of your trailer from the elements and help keep all your systems from freezing. Also do the opposite of what you’d do in the summer and look for a spot that’s got direct sunlight; there may not be much sun in the winter, but taking advantage of what there is will help keep your RV warm.

Ready to Roll?

Thinking winter camping sounds like it’s right up your alley? We at Vernon Recreational Products have all sorts of RVs that will fit your needs and get you out there enjoying the crisp winter camping season.

So give us a call at 1-833-293-3402 or visit our location, we look forward to seeing you!


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