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Winter checklist

Posted on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:24AM by
As the winter season approaches it is time to think of heat in the motorhome, and motorhome ‘winterising’, as it is called.
If you are driving a new European motorhome then there is a good chance you will already have a winterised motorhome boasting a double floor with pipework protected from the elements, interior waste and fresh tanks and insulated walls.
But you might still like to look at the list below especially following lawst winter’s very cold spell.


1. One of the biggest sources of cold in a motorhome is draughts through the ventilation grilles in the cab. You should close all of them when you are parked up in a cold place, But NOT the fixed vent grilles at low level within the caravan part of the motorhome, as these are safety devices in case of gas leak / carbon monoxide poisoning (from gas appliances).

2. Try to park on a slight slope so water doesn't sit in the internal waste pipework. Around -10C the u bend freezes and then you will need to put in some antifreeze or salt.

3. Make some home made double glazing for the windows from 2 layers of the polystyrene/tinfoil laminate made to put down the back of radiators

4. If you have waste tank underslung at the rear, leave the drain tap open on site and a bucket slung underneath and, which should be emptied regularly

5. Leave inside locker doors open overnight, the heat will prevent condensation.

6. Fit exterior silverscreens and if its really cold interior silverscreens to cab windows.

7. When on hook-up lift the cable every day to prevent it freezing to the ground or getting buried in snow.

8. Always make sure you have snow chains and practice putting them on and taking them off in safety of your driveway - far better than on a freezing roadside. Also carry a shovel (foldable is best) in case you have to dig yourself out.


9. Check vehicle door seals replace the rubbers if needed.

10. If your cab doors have air vents, seal them.

15. Use Propane rather than Butane as Propane freezes at much lower temperatures.

16. Seal around the fridge, seal the rear of the fridge from the interior. And use the correct winter covers for your fridge ventilation grilles outside on the bodywork walls - the fridge will run more efficiently.