Cooking inside a campervan will inevitably create water vapour.
While this may feel like it’s warming the van up, don’t be fooled.
This is a short term gain and the resulting condensation, if left unmanaged, will be the long term price you pay.
Ventilation is key to getting rid of the water vapour. So if you boil the kettle for your morning coffee inside, make sure to open your doors or windows.
If steam is condensing anywhere, you don’t have enough ventilation.
But cooking inside with the doors open isn’t always pleasant, especially when your living in your camper in winter.
This is where the pressure cooker comes into its own.
Not only is cooking in a pressure cooker a fantastic way to create quick one pot meals and cut down on fuel, but if used correctly, they produce a fraction of the water vapour of other cooking methods.
If using a stove top pressure cooker instead of an electric one, make sure to turn the heat down when the pot comes upto full pressure.
Also allow the pressure to release naturally or you’ll allow all the steam to escape anyway.
Make sure your campervan kitchen essentials includes a pressure cooker - right at the top of the list!
And as a side, if you have a vented oven in your van, this is another great source of heat!
This is especially true for well insulated RVs and campervans.
Heating the living space inside your camper takes a fair amount of energy and fuel, depending on what heating system you use.
But once at a set temperature, and IF you don’t suffer with a lot of heat loss through poor insulation, keeping it warm is quite cost effective.
If you don’t have excellent insulation, it is probably more cost effective to heat the camper as and when you need it because any heat you generate will be lost quickly through the walls, floor and roof.
There’s lots of different fuel types of heating for campervans including propane, diesel, electric and wood.
When choosing what type of heating you want to install, consider the availability of fuel, especially if travelling abroad or to remote areas.
Relying on an electric heating system and hoping to live off grid in your camper in the winter may not be the best choice.
RV batteries can freeze so keeping them warm is critical for living in a camper in the winter.
But how do you prevent your campervan batteries from freezing?
There’s 3 factors to consider: the charge of the battery, how long low temperatures last and how well the battery is insulated.
A fully charged battery will freeze at a much lower temperature than a discharged battery.
Keep the battery topped up to help it survive the cold and retain its energy.
If the low temperatures are just a transient cold snap and expected to pass quite quickly, this is probably not too damaging.
It’s more important to keep the batteries warm when the low temperatures will last for more than a few days.
If you plan on spending a lot of time in sub zero temperatures, check out the battery’s specification before your buy. It will state the freezing temperatures at varying charge states.
The best advice is to position your batteries inside the camper where you can actively manage the temperature and battery insulation.
Different types of batteries perform differently in cold temperatures. For example, lithium-ion batteries will freeze at much lower temperatures than AGM batteries but can’t be charged when it’s too cold.
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