Before you buy your first RV, you should know that some handle cold temperatures better than others. These are usually called Four Season RVs, and they come with extra features to protect both you and your RV’s mechanicals from frigid temps that can incapacitate lesser campers.
Four Season RVs come in all shapes and sizes, from travel trailers to truck campers to all-in-one motorhomes. What makes them better able to handle the cold are certain features that mostly have to do with stopping the freeze from getting in. These include things such as more and better insulation in their walls and ceiling, dual pane windows that create a thermal barrier, ducted heating that carries warm air throughout the vehicle, an enclosed underbelly that stops cold air from directly touching sensitive components, and heating pads for your fresh water, black, and grey holding tanks.
Four Season RVs are also more expensive than regular RVs, so it’s a great idea to rent one before you commit to buying. We scoured the pages of RVshare.com for cold-capable RVs you can rent today. While these particular RVs may not be located where you live, searching on RVshare.com for the same models near you should yield plenty of results.
- Sleeps: 3
- Length: 23 feet
- Rent: $130 per night
RV manufacturers will sometimes telegraph their models are Four Season-capable right there in the name. The Northwood Arctic Fox is one such RV. It’s a 23-foot-long travel trailer with a walkaround queen bed, full kitchen and dinette, and large bathroom. It’s a perfect camper for couples on a ski weekend.
Northwood offers a robust list of features to keep the cold out. The Arctic Fox’s insulation ratings are high. The roof includes two kinds of insulation rated at both R-15 and R-18. Likewise, this trailer’s holding tanks are all heated, the underbelly is sealed and insulated, and the heating system circulates hot air down there to keep pipes and valves from freezing. There are also frameless thermal pane windows.
With its 50-gallon fresh water capacity and flexible solutions for power (generator- and solar-ready), the Arctic Fox 22G can bed down in the cold like a brown bear during winter. And at $130 per night to rent, it’s affordable too.
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- Sleeps: 10
- Length: 33 feet
- Rent: $170 per night
If you’re planning a large family trip to an area that gets cold, this 2022 Jayco Eagle HT is a great choice. It’s 33-feet long and sleeps a maximum of 10 people, which is large enough for a big brood plus pets. It also comes fully prepared to fight freezing temps.
The Eagle HT comes standard with a fully enclosed and heated underbelly, and heating pads for its tanks are available as an option in the Extreme Weather Package. Both the ceiling and floor, as well as the walls, are double layer insulated, and the windows are dual pane. The rig is also plumbed with PEX piping that resists freezing.
Since this is a big RV, Jayco also gave it an extra large 35,000 BTU furnace and used a unique dual duct design to carry warm air through the coach. Lastly, some Eagle HTs come with an LED fireplace that doubles as a space heater.
You can’t beat the price, either. This 2022 Jayco Eagle HT 284BHOK rents for only $170 per night on RVshare.com. If you manage to fill one up with friends and split the cost, that’s only $17 per person per night!
Click here to rent this 2022 Jayco Eagle HT 284BHOK or another RV just like it.
- Sleeps: 2
- Length: 15 feet
- Rent: $90 per night
Lance has a reputation for building extremely high quality campers, and the 1475 model is its smallest and most affordable travel trailer. That explains the attractive rental rate of just $90 per night for this one on RVshare.com.
Despite its small size (about 14 feet in length), the 1475 has a unique interior layout that’s perfect for couples. We particularly like that Lance didn’t install the ubiquitous RV dinette and instead went with a comfortable love seat with built-in recliners. There’s also a large refrigerator and full size bath with separate toilet and shower.
When the thermometer drops, the 1475, like all Lances, is ready to go with good insulation from its Azdel wall construction, ducted heating throughout, and an enclosed underbelly with both heated and insulated holding tanks. This one is the definition of cozy camping.
Click here to rent this 2022 Lance 1475 or another RV just like it.
- Sleeps: 6
- Length: 27 feet
- Rent: $248 per night
The Jayco Redhawk is a self-contained Class C motorhome, and a fairly large one at that. At 27 feet in length, it can sleep six people total. Other Redhawk floorplans can sleep up to eight and reach 32.5 feet in length. Whichever layout you prefer, the Redhawk is one of the few Class C motorhomes that comes ready to tackle Old Man Winter.
There are three components to the Redhawk’s cold climate capability: insulation, furnace size, and heated tanks. For one, this motorhome is insulated on the top, bottom, and sides, with the roof alone receiving an R-24 rating. Likewise, the furnace is large at 31,000 BTU to better handle fast-falling temps. And lastly, the Redhawk can be had with heated holding tanks to make sure your supply of fresh water doesn’t freeze.
At $248 per night to rent, this particular Redhawk would be perfect for the family that doesn’t want to tow.
Click here to rent this 2021 Jayco Redhawk 24B or another RV just like it.
- Sleeps: 2
- Length: 22 feet
- Rent: $275 per night
The Winnebago Ekko is one of the hottest new RVs on the market, and one reason why is its cold weather capability. Of all the RVs on our list, it is the one best prepared to handle cold temperatures and even snow.
Unlike most RVs, the Ekko’s holding tanks and water lines are all located above the floor, which means they enjoy the same heating you do inside the coach. Winnebago also ducted the heating into the Ekko’s large storage garage in the back so temperature-sensitive cargo is also kept warm.
The Ekko’s living compartment is one giant box with no curves, which means it was easy for Winnebago to build it out of thick, well-insulated walls. Even the coach door on the passenger’s side is insulated as well as the walls. Likewise, the Ekko’s windows are dual pane, creating a thermal barrier between outside and in.
Lastly, the Ekko is based on the all-wheel-drive Ford Transit chassis, which gives it more surefootedness on ice and snow than most RVs that are rear-wheel drive. Yes, this one is expensive for just two people at $275 per night, but like we said, it’s hot right now.
Click here to rent this 2022 Winnebago Ekko or another RV just like it.