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Driving a motorhome in the winter is not an envious task, especially if you are moving through an area with extreme elevation changes. It’s scary driving in adverse winter weather conditions with a car, much less a massive home on wheels.
I’ve driven our Class A RV, and our Class C RV, in the snow on several occasions, and they were white-knuckle experiences every time.
While there are physical aspects of a motorhome that make it a little easier (they’re awfully heavy), there are drawbacks too, just like anything else. If you’re from southern states, both in the southeast and the southwest, this might be your first rodeo on a snow-covered, back-mountain road.
If you live in Denver, you probably drive in snowy, elevated conditions better than most people drive cars. But alas, cars and motorhomes are not the same. Before you get too ahead of yourself and leap without looking, let’s cover some tips and precautions for driving a motorhome in winter weather.
Can You Drive a Motorhome in the Snow?
While it’s not an enviable task, you can drive a motorhome in the snow. I’ve done it myself on many occasions. If we’re talking blizzard-level snow conditions, it’s always best to exercise caution and remain in place until the weather is clear, and the roads are nice and salty.
In fact, if snow is on the road, exercising caution is best. In busy areas, salt trucks will come through pretty quickly. Throughout rural areas, you may have to wait for the closest city or town to get to its suburbs and rural areas.
Without chains on your tires, motorhomes are no more equipped for snowy road travel than regular vehicles are. If you’re new to driving a motorhome, most have rear-wheel drive, so it’s something you’ll need to get used to long before you try your first snow escapade.
Unfortunately, rear-wheel drive is not the best when it comes to motorhome control in icy weather. So, with the understanding that motorhomes are drivable in snowy conditions, it’s imperative that you log some serious hours in your motorhome first. Before you attempt to drive in winter weather you’ll want to be comfortable with your rig.
There’s always the chance that you get caught out in the snow, so…