Be winter-wise – how to get your motorhome ‘winterised’ with Andy’s top tips

Be winter-wise – how to get your motorhome ‘winterised’ with Andy’s top tips

You’ve spent a lot of money on your motorhome so it makes sense to maintain it properly – even when you’re not using it. As winter gets under way, Andy Clarke, motor caravan technician with Simpsons Motorhomes – East Anglia’s biggest motorhome dealer – and head of the company’s after sales clinic, explains how to get your vehicle ready for the cold weather. I’ve been driving motorhomes and caravans for the last 25 years all over the UK and Europe, and had a lot of fun along the way in some fascinating places.

These vehicles allow us terrific freedom – but they cost a lot of money, so it makes sense to look after them as best we can to keep them in tip-top
condition.

In the winter months, when we’re not using our motorhomes so much or we’re putting them away until the spring, it is absolutely vital to drain all the water out of the vehicle.

That’s fresh water and waste water from the pipes and the boiler. Consider this – ice expands the water space by around 4% so you can imagine the result for the pipes and, more importantly, the boiler if we leave any fluid on board.

I don’t want to frighten you, but a boiler liner can set you back about £1,000 and not many insurance companies will cover you for ice damage.

So, how do we “winterise” our vans?

  1. Drain the boiler. Open up the valves and get all the water out.
  2. Open all the taps in the kitchen and bathroom and leave them open in the “hot” position.
  3. Drain all the water out of the fresh and waste water tanks. Methods will vary a little depending on the motorhome manufacturer. At Simpsons, we deal in top brands such as Auto-Sleeper, Auto-Trail, Chausson, Eldiss and Rapido with engines by Peugeot, Mercedes, Fiat and Renault. The manuals will guide you, but if you bought your vehicle recently from Simpsons Motorhomes we’ll winterise it for free – all part of the service! Either way, we can help you protect your pride and joy from the elements if you’re unsure what to do.

A few more winter tips…

  • Try parking the van on a slight incline so any water runs off the roof.
  • If you want to cover it when not in use, make sure you get a cover with a breathable membrane.
  • To keep out condensation, we recommend setting up an oil-filled radiator on a timer with the thermostat set at around 2deg C.

Happy motoring and caravanning, everyone – and look after your motorhome this winter!

All the best, Andy

Call Andy on 01493 601696

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