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http://NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com When you think of RV living in the Winter… don’t you picture the snowbirds who travel South in the winter for mild weather RV living?

http://NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com When you think of RV living in the Winter… don’t you picture the snowbirds who travel South in the winter for mild weather RV living?

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  • 1. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is Too ShortWhen you think of RV living in the ToWinter… Wait For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 2. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is Too…don’t you picture the snowbirds who Shorttravel South in the Winter for mild Toweather RV living? Wait For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 3. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter WeatherWell, that’s not us – we do things a bitdifferently from the norm – just ask our Life isfamily! TooOur fulltime RV living choice found us Shorton the banks of the Missouri River Towhere we currently work as camphosts Waitat a private campground and are Forgetting ready to spend our third year of Someday!Winter camping in Missouri where theweather can be balmy one day andbrutal the next. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 4. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isLots of people think we’re crazy . . . Toocrazy for this lifestyle of full time RV Shortliving, but even crazier for spending the ToWinter in Missouri when we could be in WaitArizona or Florida or Texas where the ForWinters are warm and sunny. Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 5. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isOh well – we’re accustomed to raised Tooeyebrows! We had those same Shortdestinations in mind until the Tocampground owner hired us for the Waityear-round job and we fell in love with Forthe beautiful setting on the banks of Someday!the Missouri River. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 6. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooWe decided Winter camping in the cold Shortand snow would be a new experience Toto add to our adventurous full time RV Waitliving journeys. For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 7. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isMaybe it was the challenge to figure Tooout how to comfortably survive RV Shortliving in Winter that drew us in, or Tomaybe it was the Universe telling us Waitthat it was time to change our Forperception of Winter. (we are big time Someday!complainers of snow and cold.)Actually, it was both! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 8. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isLittle did we realize that our first Tooexperience of RV living in Winter Shortweather would occur during the ToBLIZZARD of 2011! Little did we realize Waithow much our perspective would be Fortried and tested when the total Someday!snowfall for the Winter set a newrecord for our area . . . 43 inches to beexact! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 9. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isOur preparations for RV living in Winter Tooweather were valuable lessons in Shortsurvival. Our only Winter preparations Toprevious to this was to keep the snow Waitshovel and ice melt handy by the front Fordoor. Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 10. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isWe spent hours Googling tips from Tooother RVers. It took some digging to Shortfind the right information since most Totips for winterizing an RV focused on Waitpreparing the RV for Winter storage – Fornot RV living IN Winter. Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 11. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isWe made countless trips to TooLowes, Westlakes, and Bass Pro to ask Shortfor assistance with our RV living in ToWinter project. (again, the raised Waiteyebrows from the clerks who tried to Forhelp us!) Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 12. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isThe most valuable resource of all was Toofound at a local mobile home supplier. ShortIt was there the answers to all our Toquestions were answered by Waitknowledgeable people who knew how Forand what and where and why to Someday!protect a our truck camper for RV livingduring Winter. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 13. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooTheir solutions were practical and Shortsimple . . . they were incredibly Toenthusiastic about helping the crazy Waitcouple who have this notion of RV Forliving in Winter weather! Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 14. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isFor starters, all of the pipes, inside and Toooutside that I could manage to reach Shortwere wrapped in foam pipe insulation. ToThe empty spaces around the pipes and Waitholding tanks were filled with Forinsulation. Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 15. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isThe inside ceiling vents were covered Toowith plastic to help keep the cold air Shortout. Easy to do – familiar tasks to any Tohomeowner . . . And especially Waitessential for RV living in areas where Forbitter cold and snow and ice assault Someday!you for several months. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 16. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isI read several suggestions of covering Toothe windows as well to keep out the Shortcold, but just couldn’t bring myself to Toblock my view, especially since I can Waitlook out my window and watch the Forriver - it is my saving grace while holed Someday!up inside while the snow flies and thetemperatures plummet. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 17. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is Too ShortThis kind of view is what makes RV Toliving so worthwhile. Wait For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 18. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isWe quickly learned that for RV living in TooWinter weather, it was necessary to Shortprotect our water supply and the sewer Tohose from freezing temperatures. With Waitthe help of the staff at the mobile Forhome store, we designed a water hose Someday!from a small plastic pipe fitted withconnections to the campground waterpump and our camper. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 19. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is Too ShortThis pipe was wrapped in an electric Toheat tape, which was then wrapped in Waitfoam pipe insulation. For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 20. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isOur flexible sewer hose was inserted Toointo a larger pvc pipe for added Shortinsulation. It took a few tweaks to find Tothe right elbows for the pipe, but we Waitdid it! Now the outside hoses were Forprotected and we had a protected Someday!water supply for our first RV livingexperience with Winter camping! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 21. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isThese fixes worked great to protect our Toowater supply and sewer hose; Shortbut, when we unhooked everything to Totake a road trip, we soon realized how Wait“EXACT” our parking had to be when Forwe returned home. Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 22. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter WeatherIt took several attempts of backing up – Life ispulling in a little closer – backing up – Toopulling to the right a little more – nope Short– angle it more to the left . . . over and Toover until the pipes lined up just right Waitfor reconnecting. Normally, no big deal Forto do this – but it was bitterly cold that Someday!day. Just another part of the process oflearning the art of RV living in Winterweather. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 23. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooAs we began our second season of RV Shortliving in Missouri’s Winter, we looked Tofor other solutions that would help us Waiteasily and quickly reconnect our hoses. ForWe had to find more flexibility. Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 24. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isGoogle searching came through again Tooas we researched more ways to survive Shortin Winter weather. The next ToWinter, our water hose was wrapped in Waitheavy duty aluminum foil, followed by Forthe heat tape, followed by the foam Someday!pipe wrap. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 25. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooWe also purchased a super heavy duty Shortsewer hose that is able to withstand Tofrigid temps. Now we had flexibility! WaitNo more rigid pipes to reconnect when Forwe arrive back at the campground. Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 26. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooOne of the most treasured discoveries Shortin preparing for RV living in Winter was Tothe electric radiator heater. These Waitheaters work well as a supplemental Forheat source in small spaces and stay Someday!warm without using much electricity. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 27. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isBecause natural convection distributes Toothe heat, there’s no fan to make Shortnoise, making them incredibly quiet. ToWe didn’t have to run the furnace Waitconstantly, never had to worry about Forrunning out of propane in the middle of Someday!the night and waking up to a coldcamper. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 28. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isWith all those fixes in place, the only Toobig problem we encountered for Shortsurviving RV living in Winter was Tocondensation that built up under our Waitmattress where the cold outside air Formeets warm bodies. Someday!(our bed is over the cab of the pickup) NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 29. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter WeatherThe solution? Create an air space Life isbetween the mattress and the floor of Toothe bed. I headed to Lowes with Shortmeasurements in hand and asked for Tohelp figuring out my crazy idea. WaitLuckily, I was helped by someone who Forknew exactly what we needed - boards Someday!to use as slats and 1/2 inch foam boardto lay on top of the slats andunderneath the foam mattress. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 30. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooNow the air can circulate . . . and the Shortbest part is the foam board added Toprotection from the cold floor of the Waitbed. For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 31. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is Too ShortI AM a happy camper . . . RV living in Tothe Winter is a piece of cake! Wait For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 32. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is Too ShortTwo years ago, we were stocking up on Tofood and movies and water because Waitthe forecast called for a blizzard! For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 33. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isWe had expected lots of new Tooadventures with RV living and Winter Shortcamping, but, a blizzard was something Towe had never experienced! Wait ForNineteen inches of snow fell as we Someday!were snuggled safely in our camper. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 34. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooThe next day, we were like little kids. ShortWe couldn’t wait to get out and tromp Toaround in the deep, deep snow that Waithad drifts several feet deep. For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 35. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isWe loved it so much we made a video Tooabout the blizzard. Short ToIf you’d like to see it do a search on WaitYouTube for… For Someday!Full Time RVers Survive the Blizzard of2011 NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 36. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooIf we had decided to take off that ShortWinter and settle into RV living in sunny ToFlorida, we would have missed the Waitmagical views of snow covered fields Forsparkling like fairy dust in the light of a Someday!full moon, surrounded by stillness. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 37. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is TooIf we had headed South for the Winter - Shortsure, we could have played on the Towarm, sandy beaches, but we would Waithave missed sinking up to our thighs in Forsnow – just like we did when we were Someday!three years old and three feet tall! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 38. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life isI would have missed that magical TooJanuary morning when I headed to the Shortriver, wrapped in my sub-zero sleeping Tobag, camera and coffee in hand . . . and Waitwatched the glorious dance of the gulls Forswooping and swirling with grace and Someday!majesty. NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 39. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is Too ShortFull time RV living is our life and our Todream. Wait For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 40. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter WeatherIt gives us freedom. It also gives us Life isopportunities to make the best of any Toosituation. Short ToWhat’s that saying – when life gives you Waitlemons, make lemonade? For Someday!Well, for RV living during theWinter, when life gives you 19 inches ofsnow, you get to be a kid again! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com
  • 41. RV Living: Winter Camping in Winter Weather Life is Too Short http://NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com To Wait For Someday! NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com