If you’ve been searching for an RV ( mainly fifth wheels and travel trailers ) you’ll be very familiar, and possibly confused, with the various weather packages. Every manufacturer offers something unique – the ‘Polar Package’, ‘Arctic Wolf’, 4-Season ‘Extreme Thermal Package’.. the list goes on and on.
It would be impossible to determine who makes the best RV winter package without clarifying a few things. First let’s go over some basics:
Most every state here in the USA has a code and standard for insulation when building a home. This makes it relatively easy to determine the level of insulation in your home. When it comes to the RV industry insulation there is no standard or code, making it very difficult to know whether or not you have the best all season package.
Most every package has a couple commonalities. They will enclose the underbelly with a corrugated plastic sheet, possibly toss in a thin slice of heat reflective material and hopefully have heated tanks. This would be considered a great 4 Season Winter Package.
Did you see the ‘extreme thermal package’ badge? Take a look at these pictures of the travel trailer with that badge
This travel trailer didn’t even have heated tanks. I hope this helps explain my point- a shiny sticker and fancy name doesn’t mean a cold weather package is going to keep your trailer from freezing. You’ve got to inspect the RV and see for yourself.
Black Series Insulation
Most of you have found this page because you’re interested in owning a Black Series caravan trailer. Let’s inspect and review the insulation of a Black Series trailer (all the caravans are insulated the same- HQ19, HQ17, HQ15, C15, HQ12 and C12).
In early 2020 they started wrapping the lines which is a great improvement. Coming from Australia, they really haven’t had to worry too much about the cold. They are learning that here in the USA we camp in the cold! 😂
Even though the Black Series trailers have wrapped lines and dual pane windows, these caravans are not built or suitable to be used in freezing temperatures.
There is a trade-off with everything. The Black Series are built with aluminum stud framing. There is no wood in the walls or ceiling. While this is MUCH superior to wood as far as quality and durability, it will not keep the cold out as well. Having an aluminum frame allows the cold the transfer in quite easily.
If you would like more info on how to make the Black Series camper trailers more weather capable please see our blog post and video on the Winter Package: CLICK HERE
We can do the winter package on all Black Series HQ and C models (C12, HQ12, C15, HQ15, HQ17, HQ19 and HQ21), not the tent trailers or toy hauler models.
Best Trailer for Cold Weather and Winter Camping
In the end you need to inspect each trailer claiming a winter or 4 season package. Look at the underbelly and take a peek above the enclosure. Check out the windows to make sure they’re dual pane. See if the tanks have heated pads and if the sewer exit valve is enclosed or wrapped.
This is going to help in your search much more than giving a list of the current trailers and fifth wheels with the best acclaimed ‘winter package’.
I hope this was educational and informative. Thanks so much for reading!
To view the video of this blog CLICK HERE