Extreme Winter Adventures

“Cold” is a relative term when you live in Northern Wisconsin.

After working at various TV newsrooms in the Dairy State, I’ve learned that people take offense no matter what you say about the weather… especially during the winter months.

Whether we’re blanketed in two feet of snow and battling -40 degree wind chills or we’re dry and the mercury is holding steady at 20 degrees above zero, someone will find something to complain about.

Interestingly, though, regardless of how bitterly cold it gets in these parts, there are some extreme travelers who will take to the woods in their RVs to soak up the serenity of the season.

Yes, winter camping is red-hot in the Frozen Tundra.

Fortunately, it’s also a safe way to get your seasonal vacation on.

Since most mid-sized recreational vehicles have built in heating systems, traveling in a camper or motor home is a convenient way to stay warm while camping during the dead of winter. Still, there are precautions you need to take if you plan to rough it when it’s below freezing out.

For starters, be sure to check with the campground you wish to stay at prior to setting out on the road. Some locations close with little warning if heavy snow and high winds are expected. In addition, you’ll want to get your vehicle checked out before you take it on a winter camping trip. Be sure your RV is equipped with proper tires and all of the fluids are topped off. You’ll also want to pack for emergencies. Don’t leave home without plenty of warm clothing, extra blankets, flashlights, a first aid kit, weather radio, and a spare cooler filled with food and water.

If your RV uses propane for heat, make sure the tank is full before you leave home. You may also consider taking an extra tank along if you’re planning to be gone for an extended amount of time. Finally, splurge a little in order to install a decent carbon monoxide detector in your RV. There’s no quicker way to ruin a vacation in nature than getting sick from inhaling toxic fumes.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.