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If you’re going to spend a lot of money on an RV, then you might have an expectation to be able to take it out no matter what the weather is doing. You might want to remain comfortable during the summer months, warm during the winter, and everything in-between.
The vast majority of RVs that are available are not designed for this sort of use. But, 4 season travel trailers are, and should be able to tackle many adverse weather conditions with ease.
If you take a look at any online dealership, you’ll find plenty of results for the search term ‘4 Season travel trailer’. For the most part, these travel trailers, motorhomes, and campers should be able to handle the heat and cold pretty well.
However, you should be aware that some models are 4 seasons in name only. Other than a higher price tag and increased tow weight, some of these RVs are no better at handling extreme weather than any other RV.
What is a 4 Season Travel Trailer?
Unfortunately for the consumer, there is no industry-accepted definition as to what constitutes a 4 season travel trailer. Our intention for this article is to lay the groundwork for what you should be looking for in a travel trailer you can use year round.
We hope you’ll be able to make a smart buying decision and buy a 4 season travel trailer that meets your needs. Or, even what to so if you want to beef up your existing travel trailer so it can handle all weather types.
How Are You Going To Use Your 4 Season Travel Trailer?
How are planning to use your travel trailer and where you’re going to use it? Being able to answer these questions will give you an excellent understanding of the sorts of weather-related stresses your travel trailer is likely to encounter. In the long run, this can save you a ton of money.
As a starting point, answer the following questions:
- Will most of your travel trailer trips be long or short?
- Are you going to travel with your family, guests or solo?
- Will you mostly be dry camping or using hookups?
- Will your travel trailer be used off road or off the beaten track?
- Are you going to live in your travel trailer full time?
If you can answer these questions truthfully and accurately, then you’re going to have a good idea of the kit your 4 season travel trailer will need. For example, solar panels will be great if you dry camp but might be unnecessary if you only ever camp at sites with a hookup.
Armed with your new knowledge you’re all set to go shopping.
Buying a 4 Season Travel Trailer
Now that we have a good idea of the kit, space, and features we must have, it’s time to start looking at 4 season travel trailers that meet are requirements within our price range.
We think there are four criteria that need to be given serious consideration when it comes to shopping for a 4 season travel trailer. These are:
- Wall Structure: What are the walls made from.
- Insulation: Is the travel trailer fully insulated.
- Size of the Windows: Are we going to let in enough light without overheating.
- Cooling, Heating, and Ventilation: Are the cooling, heating and ventilating systems able to keep us comfortable?
What a Great 4 Season Travel Trailer Should Be Made From
As with houses, the materials used to construct a travel trailer impact its ability to shrug off all weather conditions. The materials used by the various manufacturers will differ, but you should be able to get hold of this information easily by consulting the manufacturer’s website. Just bear in mind, you’re looking for quality materials.
A true 4 season travel trailer will have solidly constructed sidewalls, insulated ceilings, and paneling, and insulated holding tanks. If you take at online customer reviews, the better the reviews, the more capable the 4 season travel trailer is likely to be.
When we’re looking to buy a 4 season travel trailer we would expect the following:
- A comfortably appointed living space where we can remain even if the outside temperates drops beneath freezing or rise above 90.
- Adequate insulation so as to prevent holding and pipes from freezing during cold weather.
- Sufficient insulation so as to prevent the build-up of moisture and to keep occupants cool.
- Insulated and sealed windows and doors so as to prevent cold/warm air entering or escaping.
How to Weatherproof Your Existing Travel Trailer
If you already own a travel trailer, chances are that it’s not cut out for extreme weather conditions. If your travel trailer falls into this category, then all is not lost, there are things you can do to increase the weatherproofing of your travel trailer.
Here are our top tips:
- Insulate your windows with strips of self-adhesive insulation.
- Replace the weather stripping around the doors.
- Stuff foam into spaces and cracks that let in cold air.
- Splash out and buy a tank heater to warm things up.
- Cover water lines and exposed piping with insulation.
- Treat your holding tanks with antifreeze when not in use.
- Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.