Winter camping Bavaria - what should you watch out for?

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Winter camping Bavaria

Winter camping Bavaria - is that even possible?

The cold season is just around the corner. So we asked ourselves whether winter camping in Bavaria is possible. Since we haven't tried it out ourselves, we get advice from Lena Stoffel, who as a freerider goes on tour with her camper van in winter too. For them, winter camping right on the slopes is a matter of course.

What do you have to consider when camping in Bavaria?

Modern vehicles are ideally equipped for every season. But with winter temperatures there are a few things to keep an eye on. We asked SUNLIGHT Adventure Crew member, professional freerider (and professional winter camper) Lena Stoffel to unpack her tips for a perfect winter camping trip.

“For someone like me who travels after the snow, the camper van is the ideal solution. I am as flexible as possible, have everything I need on board and can go straight to the best spots. Winter camping is misjudged by many. It's a dream - but of course you have to pay attention to a few things! "
Lena Stoffel, freerider

 Heat source

The smooth supply of gas is the alpha and omega of winter camping. The gas bottles must be sufficiently filled - after all, the heating, hot water and cooking hobs in the camping vehicles feed themselves. The heater not only ensures that it stays cozy and warm in the vehicle, but also protects the fresh water tank from freezing. In the SUNLIGHT fleet, the heaters run on 2 × 11 liter propane cylinders (with the exception of the CLIFF 601, which uses 2 × 5 liters of gas). Depending on the outside temperature and the size of the vehicle, one bottle is enough for two to five days in winter.
My tip: Make sure you check your gas supplies regularly!

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Winter suitability

All SUNLIGHT models are suitable for winter use, i.e. they are equipped with heating and insulated against the cold. The brand's camper van range is even available winter-proof with the special equipment with an insulated and heated waste water tank. Winter tires are of course mandatory for every vehicle in winter.
Important: If you are not sure whether the streets have been cleared to the intended parking space or whether you are going on a ski holiday over passes, you should definitely have snow chains in your luggage.

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Water check

Water is an important issue when winter camping. In winter vehicles you have to make sure that the water pipes do not freeze at temperatures around or below zero degrees. The fresh water tank is protected from frost by the on-board heater. With the water pipes, it is advisable, depending on the model, to check whether they cannot freeze.
My tip: Always have the tank 2/3 full, as the water takes longer to freeze and it does not freeze due to the movements in the vehicle.

Frost protection monitor

The boilers in winter-proof motorhomes and camper vans have a so-called frost protection monitor. This means: The heater has a frost valve that opens automatically and allows the water to drain out before it freezes.
My tip for low temperatures: turn on the on-board heater an hour before filling with water so that the frost protection monitor does not become active.

Save electricity

Electricity consumption is higher in winter than in summer. It gets dark earlier and you spend a lot more time in the vehicle. It is therefore advisable to connect to shore power because the on-board battery is less powerful at temperatures below zero.
“When I am traveling with another SUNLIGHT motorhome and not with the CLIFF, I leave the refrigerator running on external power as soon as I have a power connection in order to save my gas for heating. With my camper van, the refrigerator runs exclusively on electricity anyway. "

Stay dry when winter camping in Bavaria

SUNLIGHT equips its integrated, semi-integrated, VANs and alcoves with rear garages of different sizes, depending on the vehicle size. These not only offer plenty of space for equipment, but are also suitable for drying damp ski equipment or clothing. If you pack the things in the rear garage, the moisture does not get into the living area. And in winter the general rule on board: regular ventilation so that it doesn't get steamy and damp.
My tip: In some models there is even a socket in the rear garage. Here I connect my ski boot dryer - and the next morning I slip not only into dry but also warm ski boots.

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Winter outfit for motorhomes and camper vans

Cold bridges can be counteracted in motorhomes and camper vans with special insulation and thermal hoods. The fit is important - for most models, SUNLIGHT offers tailor-made solutions and clever accessories such as thermal window mats or suitable insulation for rear doors.
I add thermal insulation to the rear of my CLIFF when it gets really cold outside. This means that the sleeping area in the back of the camper van stays cozy and warm all night long when winter camping in Bavaria.

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Choice of pitch for winter camping in Bavaria

Campsites that are open all year round are well prepared and offer comfort with heated sanitary facilities, cozy lounges or even a sauna area. Anyone who goes winter camping in Bavaria for the first time will quickly notice that things are quieter and more leisurely. There are fewer guests on site and the campers spend a lot of time in the vehicles.
I always keep an eye on the weather forecast in winter! Extreme temperatures or heavy snowfall play an important role in winter camping - you can always get snowed in: It is therefore mandatory to have a shovel with you.

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Winter camping in Bavaria, not only in the ski area

They show that winter camping in Bavaria is not only possible on the ski slopes Campsites at Waginger See in Chiemgau, which are open all year round. At Strandcamping Waging you also have access to the lake in winter. Ideal for trying your hand at curling. Or do you prefer to skate on the lake? There are many ways where you can go winter camping in Bavaria.

Warm clothing is important when winter camping in Bavaria

So that you stay warm on excursions, ski tours or snow hikes, you should definitely pay attention to clothing that keeps you warm when winter camping in Bavaria. We were there in the winter a few years ago Winterlude in Canada. There we experienced temperatures of down to minus 33 degrees Celsius. During our visit, we followed the advice our friends from Canada gave us. Like you stay warm in such sub-zero temperatures, will also help you with a winter holiday in a mobile home. Thermal underwear keeps you warm even in extreme cold. Also are warm winter boots a must. The perfect warmth for icy days: heated winter jackets


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Source Winter Camping Bavaria: Research plus interview with Lena Stoffel, Sunlight. Our opinions definitely remain our own.

Text Winter Camping Bavaria: Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Winter camping Bavaria - what should you watch out for?

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn