My First Frigid Night in the RV Story
I purchased my RV on a warm summer day, and one of my first thoughts was that I needed to figure out a way to keep my home cool when I wasn’t running the AC. I quickly learned that the awning could prevent the inside from getting too warm on hot days—an important lesson to learn early, because I planned to leave Michigan winters behind and chase the warmth instead.
I headed west, arriving in Moab to mild weather with highs in the mid-fifties and lows in the thirties—perfect for hiking. I took advantage by spending most of my time exploring the beautiful landscape that Moab has to offer.
But, a few days after I arrived, a cold front rolled in. The new lows were in the teens. When the sun went down, the temperature and lack of humidity made for bitterly cold evenings. Although I’d thought a lot about staying cool, somehow it had never crossed my mind how to keep the RV warm in cold weather. A LONG AND CHILLY NIGHT
Moab was still gorgeous, just a little colder! I decided to make the most of it. The next morning, I woke up, made some tea and sat outside, taking in the views from Goose Island Campground. I looked up nearby trails and decided to hike to Corona Arch, following it up with off-roading to see Dead Horse Point from a different perspective. Before I left, I adjusted the thermostat. I didn’t want to come home to a freezing RV, but I also wanted to conserve propane, so I set the heat to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, locked up, and set out.