best way of using motor home in winter to prevent burst pipes ect

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  1. Orina

    Orina Read Only Funster

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    Hi there new to motor homing bought a lunar roadstar 3 months ago and already had some great trips in it. any advice about carrying using through the winter months. we have drained down the water heater ect and just wondered if it's best to just boil a kettle for washing up rather than refilling with water during freezing conditions. obviously use site showers! Saw that someone advised using a bucket to collect waste water to stop freezing up in tank. we have bought some non toxic anti freeze for flush system. any tips much appreciated hope to have some great winter walking in the lakes.
     
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    we drain down ad use water from containers when required not worth a burst.
     
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    We leave water in and heating on. We also use sites but also use our shower and toilet
     
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    Best way is to use your van and head south (Spain, Portugal etc)
     
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    Hi i am thinking of using our MH in winter I have fitted a floe for draining down,but have thought about a TANK Blanket 12 volt and lagging pipes, seems people do different things .
     
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    As long as the space and water heating is on you wont need to do anything. You pipes are probally internal and so the warm air will stop them freezing. Even if they are external the floor will be warm enough in all but the severest chills.

    Winter is not a time to worry about money. keep the van warm when your using it even if your not in it and leave the hot water on. If you need more gas buy another bottle. or fill up if you have refillable bottles (which are much better and cheaper)

    The floe system is good for when you want to drain down the whole system when not using the van as it rids the pipes of water as well as the tank.

    If on a site leave the drain for the waste open and use a caravan waste tank left under the van so you drain into that and then can empty without opening and closing valves and taps when its frozen,

    Winter is a great time for motorhoming. Not too many tourists and parking easier. Dogs can be walked on beaches. no crowds. It was my favourite time of year for the van.

    Good luck
    Phill
     
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    You cant empty a frozen caravan wastehog!

    Use a tapered bucket!
     
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    We use bottled water and leave the grey water dump valve open .......




    And waits for flaming :LOL::LOL::LOL:
     
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