The best winter road trips for RVs, from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the Florida Keys
Oct. 29th, 2020
RV owners making up for lost time are extending the traditional vacation season. (iStock)
“This is the first time we’re seeing people buy the products sight unseen,” Krider says. “They’re paying for the vehicle online, getting it delivered to their home, and getting out there for the first time in their lives.”
But there is another significant difference, too: Buyers are interested in extending the travel season. According to a 2020 impact survey conducted by Thor Industries, nearly 50 percent of respondents said they were still planning trips in October, a clear indication that consumers are eager to make up for lost time.
Krider says winter road trips are possible, as long as travelers take the necessary precautions. In particular, he suggests ensuring that your RV or camper van has front-wheel or all-wheel drive since those perform better in inclement weather than rear-wheel vehicles. He also notes that travelers should plan ahead when looking for places to camp since most designated campgrounds close for the winter. This means travelers will probably practice “boondocking,” or camping off-the-grid without connections to power or water sources. If you’ll be adventuring in extremely cold conditions, consider adding additional insulation to holding tank areas and running your thermostat higher to keep the vehicle warmer. Finally, he suggests making a cold-weather practice run so you understand the capabilities of your new RV.
If you still want to tackle a winter journey, check out the five winter RV road trip destinations listed below. Each highlights natural beauty and plenty of opportunities to get outside for some fresh — and potentially brisk — air.
Eben Ice Caves, a frozen waterfall in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is among the area’s prime winter attractions. (Shutterstock)
In the Cascade Range of central Oregon, a view of Mount Bachelor at sunrise as seen from Tumalo Mountain. (Shutterstock)
The Angel’s Landing hiking trail is perched high above the Virgin River in Utah’s Zion National Park. (iStock)
A lone hiker at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, the largest gypsum dunefield in the world. (Shutterstock)
Aerial view of the Overseas Highway bridge, which crosses from island to island in the Florida Keys. (iStock)