Why Your Winter Should Include Oregon and an RV, Part 1

By: Guaranty RV
Posted On: December 21, 2017
Here at Guaranty, we are looking forward to the New Year. It’s time to make a fresh start, set some resolutions, and plan some RV trips, of course. As we look at our calendars, we often notice a pretty big gap between the last trip and the first trip of spring. That big gap, in the shape of January and February, can feel pretty cavernous.

If you’re passionate about RVing, January and February can feel like a long time: you want to hit the open road, but you aren’t sure where to go. But hey, as we’ve written before, just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to take a break when it comes to your RV! Winter camping can be incredibly fun, as long as you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your family, and your RV safe.

Luckily, here at Guaranty RV, we’re located in beautiful Oregon and we have a bounty of amazing places to camp during January and February. From the coast to the Cascades, we have a little bit of everything to choose from. If you’re in Oregon or near Oregon, we want to share some reasons why you should take your RV for a spin (figuratively, we hope) this January and February.

In the first part of this blog post, we’ll cover why winter camping can be just the adventure you’re looking for in January and February, what adventure awaits in Oregon for winter camping, and much more.

Why Winter RVing In Oregon Is More Fun Than It Sounds


When you think of camping in your RV, it’s normal to think of a warm summer evening after a long day of fishing or riding the sand dunes, dinner cooking on a barbecue, and your friends and family laughing around you. Camping in your RV in the winter doesn’t seem like it would be quite as nice, right?

Well, we couldn’t disagree more! There is plenty of fun to be had out there in the winter months—you just need to know where to find it. Here’s why a winter camping trip in Oregon in your RV is a great idea.

  • Oregon is incredibly ecologically diverse. That means that it’s not all snow, snow, snow here! If the thought of waking up to your RV covered in snow fills you with dread, it doesn’t have to! While the temperatures might be low, the Oregon Coast and high desert are great options to stay out of the snow, while still having fun.


  • Snow doesn’t have to be a burden. Do you love skiing, snowboarding, and more? Then winter camping in Oregon is a great opportunity to hit the slopes and save money. Many RV campgrounds offer reduced prices for overnight stays in the winter (as long as roads remain accessible), which means you can camp in your RV, spend your days skiing and snowboarding, and save a little bit of money.


  • You get some peace and quiet. Winter campgrounds are going to be quieter than during the summer—so if you’re looking for a quiet getaway after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a winter camping trip in your RV is the perfect solution. You can experience nature, do a little fishing or hiking, and get a little bit of relaxation in the process.


  • It’s always an adventure. Winter camping doesn’t have to be scary, but it can be quite the adventure. Winter weather can be unpredictable, but with the right tools and precautions in place, you’ll have an experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime. When it comes to RVing, we know you love adventure! Winter RV camping in Oregon might not be for everybody, but it’s always worth a try.


When it comes to winter camping in your RV, there is plenty of fun to be had. Winter hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and more can be ways to sneak in a little bit of adventure in January and February. But when it comes to safety, that’s important too! Don’t miss our tips on staying safe in your RV during the winter, as well as preparing your RV for a winter trip (or storage).

What Makes Oregon Great for Winter RV Camping


We mentioned that Oregon is incredibly ecologically diverse, making it so if you don’t want to mess with snow and ice, you don’t have to! But there are lots of reasons to plan a winter camping trip in your RV to the Beaver State.

Oregon is a beautiful state full of diverse and plentiful state parks, with plenty of campgrounds with RV hookups, even throughout the winter. Oregon has everything from the coast to the mountains, so there is a little something for everyone. Here are a few more reasons to make Oregon your destination for winter RV camping.

  • Reduced crowds. As we mentioned, winter camping means the crowds have died down from the spring and summer. In many cases, you might have the entire campground or beach to yourself, especially if you avoid the ski slopes. While Oregon does get a fair bit of rain, and in some areas, temperatures that dip into freezing territory, on the whole, and especially along the coast, the temperatures remain mild. The only thing that’s changed is the crowd! Rain keeps many away, but we know that intrepid RVers don’t mind a little rain on their windshields.



Female elk in Oregon *Wildlife. While the crowds have reduced, the wildlife you can see hasn’t! On the Oregon coast, especially, there is plenty to see, from Roosevelt elk at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area to the winter whale migration in January. We know RVers love the great outdoors and being able to see wildlife that might normally stay hidden from large, and loud, crowds is an incredible opportunity!











  • Fresh seafood. One of the best parts of Oregon is the Oregon coast—and of course, that means access to delicious and fresh seafood. Winter tides are ideal for clamming; if you’re interested in crabbing or clamming, we recommend this guide for the best locations on the Oregon Coast. Winter fishing in Oregon is also extremely fun; while winter steelhead has a very brief window, it’s not one you want to miss; winter camping along the Rogue River or on the Tillamook Bay Heritage Trail is a great opportunity to get some fishing done, even in January and February!


There are lots of reasons to make Oregon the spot for a winter RV trip, not including the locals who are always willing to lend a hand or point you in the direction you need to go; we have plenty of room, campgrounds with full RV hookups, and lots of fun to be had.

What Are You Waiting For?


Well, what are you waiting for? Have we convinced you yet? Oregon can be the prime spot for a winter camping trip in your RV. Just remember: safety comes first! And even though Oregon is a mild state in terms of our weather, we can occasionally get hit by winter storms that are powerful and dangerous, especially if you’re exposed or driving. If you think a storm might impact your trip, it’s always best to wait until the weather is clear.

Now that we’ve convinced you that Oregon is an ideal destination for you and your RV, you might be wondering: where are some of the best spots to visit for everything I’m looking for?

In part 2 of this blog post, we’ll be sharing our recommendations for places to stay in Oregon during January and February—whether you’re looking for access to skiing and snowboarding, wildlife and lots of hiking, or the Oregon Coast.