Winter RVing, part 1 — “Not much different than summer camping” says Mike Wendland


FamilySledTypeA-goRVing+For most, cold weather means winterizing your Recreation Vehicle and tucking it away until the spring thaw. There is, however, a hardy bunch of outdoor enthusiasts who pull on their boots, warm up their portable cabin-on-wheels, and head to their favorite ski slope, snowmobile park or sledding hill.

In a four-part series on Winter RVing, we will talk with RVers about how recreation vehicles enable them to take along the comforts of home when they head for remote areas anytime of the year.

Writer Mike Wendland of does not let cold temperatures get in his way as he travels North America in a small Class B Roadtrek motorhome with his wife, Jennifer, and their Noregian Elkhound, Tai.

“Winter camping is not much different than summer camping,” said Wendland. During the winter, he and his wife are taking off from their home in the Detroit area for a camping trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park where a number of campsites are open year-round with 30 amp electricity hookups.“You keep the heater on, of course,” he added, “but that’s about it. It’s going to be cold and snowy. But who says you can’t camp in the winter?” Wendland has winterized his Roadtrek, completely draining the water system. They take along jugs of water for drinking and use antifreeze to flush the toilet.

In Winter RVing, part 2 of this four-part series, we’ll meet Rich and Joanne Bain of Eastern Washington, who do not limit their camping to only the warm seasons.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: (Top) Snow sledding is one popular winter activity that can be enjoyed for a spontaneous afternoon outing using a winterized Recreation Vehicle. (Courtesy of GoRVing) (Bottom) Mike Wendland, his wife, Jennifer, and their Noregian Elkhound, Tai. (Courtesy of

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