The fall camping season is almost here! There’s wildlife watching, beautiful foliage, and s’more-worthy campfire temps to enjoy.
But, the cooling temps will also mean that RV furnace will be back in regular use and that means more frequent propane refills. The key to less propane refills while still staying warm is better insulation. Luckily, there are a few very easy ways to conserve propane so you can keep you and your RV warmer—and save money too.
1. Reflective Foil on your RV Windows
Your RV is not insulated the way that your home is—most RV windows are not double-pane. Most of the heat (and cooling) loss in your RV happens through your windows.
Over in Europe, many travel trailers and motorhomes include dual-pane acrylic windows as standard. Dual-Pane acrylic windows haven’t caught on yet here in the States and you’ll find them as an upgrade on very few RVs. But don’t worry if the RV you have or the RV you want doesn’t have this upgrade option. A very inexpensive way to insulate your windows in your RV is to use reflective foil.
To be on your way, all you need to do is buy a roll in the amount you need to cover your windows. Once you have your roll, just cut the foil down to size for all of your windows. Don’t forget to place a small label on one side of the panels so you remember which windows they’re for! Reflective foil is a very easy and inexpensive way to insulate your windows yet it makes a huge difference. Less heat will escape through your windows, your RV then stays warmer, and your furnace will turn on less which conserves your propane.
2. Insulate More with an RV Vent Insulator & Sky Light Cover
Your RV vent is another source of major heat loss in the cooler months. A simple solution is to block your RV vent with an RV Vent Insulator Cushion. These cushions are available to buy in the standard RV vent size. This little square pillow has a fuzzy side and a reflective foil side. The cushion provides additional insulation and it can reflect heat in or out so you’ll also be able to use it in warm temperatures. This cushion covers up the vent, keeping heat from escaping your RV. This small and inexpensive item really makes a big difference. It also helps keep your furnace running less which conserves your LP gas.
Don’t forget that during the cold months the fuzzy side faces into the RV and the reflective side should face out of the RV. As a bonus, this little cushion will also keep sound and light out so you’ll even get a better night’s sleep. Sound and light can be a big problem at night when you’re on the occasional overnight stop at a Walmart or truck stop.
3. Wool Blankets for Night Time
It’s coldest overnight and you’ll likely consume large portions of your propane at night. If you’re not camping alone, it’s almost inevitable that there will be different opinions when it comes to the perfect temperature to set the furnace at for the night. Whomever is the more money-minded camper in the group may prefer a lower temp than everyone else.
One way to keep everyone toasty and conserve propane at the same time is to get some wool blankets. Wool blankets are extremely warm and make a huge difference, lowering most people’s ideal toasty temp by a few degrees. As an added bonus, you get a lot of warmth for very little thickness, which saves you storage space as well—especially if you’re converting any beds at night. Wool blankets can be a bit pricey, but they’re warm, durable, and will become a camping staple you’ll be able to pack in your RV for a long time to come.
There are much better things to spend your money on this fall camping season than propane. Fall is one of the best camping seasons as long as you’re warm and toasty. Have fun this fall camping season!