Features Of A True 4 Season RV

 

Features Of A True 4 Season RV

As the past few months have shown, Canadian winters are worth being prepared for. From biting cold and high winds, to icy roads and giant snowdrifts - if you're heading out to camp all year-round, you want only the best and most trustworthy equipment.

When it comes to RVs and trailers, your outlook shouldn't be any different. After all, your RV is what stands between you and some of the harshest winter elements in the world - if anything, your standards should be higher! So when you come across an RV that's advertised as being good for "4 seasons", you might assume that you could simply drive it off the lot and have it be ready for a winter excursion. But it's not so simple!

Many companies are trying to capitalize on the term "4 seasons" to make a sale, even if the unit they're discussing isn't equipped to handle the climate. In order to make sure that you're getting the right RV for your all-season needs, here's a handy list of things to check before signing any paperwork!

 

  1. How thick are the walls? Some RVs claim to be 4-season, but their walls are built neither thickly nor insulated enough to last through a tough Canadian winter. A true year-round RV will have proper insulation installed in sturdy walls that are designed specifically to keep cold out.

  2. Slideout seal mechanics. Even small gaps to the outside can bleed heat from the inside of your RV. Take a look around and make sure that the slideout has a four-seal system with both inner and outer bulb seals, as well as wiper seals. If correctly implemented, there should be nowhere for the cold to get through.

  3. Water tanks. All water tanks - fresh, black, and grey - should be fitted with insulated heating pads that will prevent them, and their lines, from freezing up in extreme cold temperatures. No heat pad? No 4-season RV!

  4. Enclosed underside. The bottom of the RV should have extra insulation and enclosures to protect pipes, wiring, and other parts from heat loss.

  5. Extra insulation in the storage area. The design of the compartments outside the RV should accommodate increased insulation, heat circulation, and air gaps to ensure that your items don't freeze.

  6. Specialized windows. Thermal pane windows are specially built to minimize heat loss.

  7. Distinct roof. The roof should be fully walkable, with a bow-style roof truss system that allows for quick snow removal and added internal strength. In addition, the roof should contain R18 dual-layer fibreglass insulation, with an R15 reflective Arctic Foil insulation. The ceiling should be covered with Ozite carpet on the interior as well.

  8. Compartment Doors. All compartment doors should be 1" thick for extra protection. Your gate valves, handles, water hookups, etc. are all in compartments, and this gives them an added layer against the cold.

These are some of the main things to keep an eye out for if you're in the market for a 4-season RV this year. If you want to be sure you're getting the best deal, and that your new RV or trailer will be as hardy as you hope, simply visit Trailer Town to find out how we can help you! Conveniently located just off Blackfoot Trail near Chinook Centre in Calgary, Alberta, we're the perfect place to pick up your next travel trailer, fifth wheel, toy haulers, or other RV. Simply contact us here to get started - we look forward to hearing from you!