If you live in the northern part of the country, it’s pretty chilly outside right now.

While many RV owners have their vehicles tucked away until spring, there are still those die-hard travelers who travel year round. For them, coming up with solutions on how to keep their vehicles warm and toasty is a must. Thankfully, there are a number of options.

These days, most RVs come insulated and offer a double-glazed window option which helps prevent some relief from the elements. Most RVs already have existing heating appliances or include an option to upgrade. Some possible upgrades range from underfloor heating and diesel furnace heating to reverse cycle air conditioning and even electric ceramic heaters.

Before you start pondering any of these options, however, one of the first things any motorhome owner should take into account is safety.

First and foremost, DO NOT – I repeat – DO Not use any fire heating appliance that has a naked flame or a bar heater. Basically, there is no need to help promote any unnecessary risks.

Any heater you do decide to use should have a safety cut-off feature of some sort. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure any electrical or gas appliances are regularly. This will not only help keep your mind at ease, but it will help prevent possible accidents or mishaps. Including a fire blanket, fire extinguisher and ensuring smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in your vehicle are working is also good idea.

Now that we have all the safety stuff out of the way, let’s move on to selecting a heating unit for your vehicle.

It’s important to make sure the unit you select coincides with the size of the RV. One of the easiest ways to ensure this is by contacting the vehicle’s manufacturer. As combustion gases like water vapor, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are expelled from heaters; proper ventilation is also a must.

Whether you’re doing your winter traveling in a larger RV or a Camper Van, it’s important to remember every vehicle is different and all heating options should be considered before making a decision.

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