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The fire ring at the Angel Fire RV park. Photo Courtesy of Angel Fire Resort

If you’re an RV’er, it’s quite possible your rig is already in storage (if you don’t go south for the winter). But Rebecca Rapp says it doesn’t have to be that way.

Rapp, manager of the 2-year-old Angel Fire RV Resort, is on a mission to change the image of “winter camping” and has planned to host skiers and non-skiers alike in the 35-acre resort park.

“In the first eight months of 2018, we had more visitors to the resort than ever before,” Rapp said. “We’re really excited to bring a good experience to campers in our first full winter.”

Taking center stage, of course, is skiing at Angel Fire ski area.

“After a series of early-season snowstorms, we’re thrilled to tell people how great our ski mountain conditions are,” Rapp said. Those registered at the RV Resort can be shuttled to the ski mountain and the Nordic Center. But the resort goes beyond that by offering to line up other winter activities, such as snowshoeing, tubing, ice-fishing or sleigh rides.

“We will offer a truly unique winter experience for our RV guests,” she said.

And when it gets dark, RVers will not have to hole up in their rigs and watch videos. Movie nights, hot tub socials, potlucks, crafts for the kids, and socials around the fire pit are regularly on the schedule (full schedule of activities is listed at angelfirervresort.com/do/on-site-activities)

To entice visitors, the resort is offering special deals and packages.

“Great customer service and engaging group activities are what we’re striving to give our RV travelers year-round,” Rapp said. She said the Angel Fire RV Resort is unique in New Mexico.

“One of the great things about New Mexico winters is the abundance of clear blue skies and relative mild temperatures,” she said. “And the roads getting to the area are well-maintained.”

However, it’s always good to remember it is winter and a little preparation goes a long way. Here are a few basic tips gleaned from several RV camping websites:

  •    Insulate windows and floors; put on a skirt

Add rugs and thermal curtains to your rig. And, because directly underneath the floor is cold air, consider buying a skirt. Adding thick rugs to a linoleum floor will add an additional barrier to the floor and keep the heat from seeping outside. The rug will also feel much more comfortable on bare feet. Windows should also be insulated; cover the windows with bubble wrap or foam insulation.

  •  Get pipes ready

During extreme cold, pipes, tanks and hoses can freeze and be damaged if not protected from the elements. One option is to leave your freshwater tank empty and bring bottled water.

If you decide to use fresh water or use water hookups, insulate the pipes. Use antifreeze in gray and black tanks; simply pour some down the drain and flush.

  •  Make sure vehicle is in good running order

Take the RV in for a checkup before you go. Make sure to check the condition of the battery; cold weather saps battery energy.

And, one from Rapp: “We like to remind our RV travelers to pack appropriately for winter conditions, and it’s a good idea to bring a backup generator when traveling in the winter months.”

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