Unless you’re a dedicated year-round tourer, it’s likely that you’ll be thinking about putting your caravan or motorhome into hibernation as temperatures here in the UK plummet.
To help you care for your vehicle during the winter months, Webbs’ Service Managers Danny Woodward, Barry Tredgold and Tom Dickson share their expertise and explain the key steps you can take to ensure everything stays in tip-top condition:
1. Water System
Even the tiniest bit of water left in the system can freeze and split the pipework, resulting in damage that is painfully expensive to repair. It’s therefore imperative that you thoroughly drain down your water system before you store your vehicle for winter. Ensure that taps are left in the open position to let air circulate, lift all drain valves, and remove your shower hose if possible too. It’s also a good idea to remove any in-line water filters, as they’re equally susceptible to freezing.
Give the interior of your caravan or motorhome a thorough clean, and aim to create the best possible circulation of air to stop damp, mildew and condensation from taking hold. Leave cupboard and wardrobe doors open, and leave fixed beds in the upright position. Seat cushions and upholstery are best pulled away from walls, or better still, removed altogether and stored somewhere warm and dry.
Although they should be kept shut for security purposes, opening windows and rooflights from time to time can be useful, as it allows some fresh air to flow through the interior.
Make sure no food is inadvertently left in the kitchen – or anywhere else for that matter! It’s essential to leave the fridge door ajar too, to keep it mould and odour free.