Don't get caught out!

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Jim, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    25,861
    Likes Received:
    76,262
    Location:
    Sutton on Sea
    If you've used your motorhome recently don't forget to drain it down. Light frosts and you might get away with just emptying your tanks, but if it gets as cold as they are promising in the next few days; then you need to completely drain down.

    1. All the liquids out, Fresh and grey, open those taps and maybe get the last out with a spin round the block. Don't forget the black.
    2. Make sure your water heater is empty.
    3. Run your taps for a little while to empty the pipes (don't damage your pump by running too long)
    4. Don't forget your toilet flush if you have one.
    5. Water filters can catch you out, make sure they are completely empty, or if easily removed, take it out.
    6. Turn the 12v off and then open up all your taps, if they are mixer taps then put them in the mid position.
    7. Remove your shower-head, you be amazed at how much water it might hold
    8. Remove any jars of food or beers, wine and champagne that might crack if they freeze.
    (Lesson learned last year) Remove the fuse to your pump, so when your other half enters the motorhome and flicks the 12v master switch on to do some faffing about and packing, they don't burn out your pump.

    Her.."Ooo what's that smell"
    Me.."You've burned the pump out, the taps are open and the pumps been running dry for the hour you've been in here"
    Her...Oh, i wondered what that buzzing noise was
    Me... :swear:
     
    • Like Like x 15
  2. Philcott

    Philcott Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2012
    Messages:
    670
    Likes Received:
    370
    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    My van is old and the loo system has a seperate container for the blue stuff - when you flush it feeds in - but how do I empty it please?

    Apart from flushing the loo I mean!:Wink:
     
  3. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,706
    Likes Received:
    3,211
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    With the locker open there is usually a bit of see through vertical pipe that shows the fluid level. If you pull this out of its clips you can drain most of it, then flush the loo to get the last bit out.
     
  4. tofo

    tofo Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    Messages:
    6,599
    Likes Received:
    6,226
    Location:
    Kirby cross further from londin
    If its a Thetford when you take the cassette out
    there is a little tube ( grey/ green colour on mine)
    With a little stopper in the end

    Pull the little tube out remove stopper lower till fluid runs
    Drain to a 18 litre container

    That fluid can be stored till next trip time

    [HI]
    Don't forget to put the stopper and cassette back
    And while the cassette is out make sure the kids know
    [/HI]

    Leave the flap open on the toilet bowl save
    You damaging the seals
    Some suggest a little olive oil in first to lubricate the seal
    Then leave it open

    Ours is left open when the van is not in use
    After the cassette has been emptied and flushed of course

    :thumb::thumb::thumb:​
     
  5. Philcott

    Philcott Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2012
    Messages:
    670
    Likes Received:
    370
    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    thank you people! Will go and drain it now - it's cold here already!
     
  6. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    25,861
    Likes Received:
    76,262
    Location:
    Sutton on Sea
    This is when you envy full timers. No draining down for those guys, just turn the heating up a little :BigGrin:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  7. laneside

    laneside Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,491
    Likes Received:
    5,292
    Location:
    Oradour sur Vayres
    I just hate to keep rubbing it in but at 5.30 tonight this was our inside temp. with no heating on and the door open

    the 16 degrees is from the sensor under the van :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2013
  8. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    19,821
    Likes Received:
    35,895
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Typical cheapskate,BLU Tack
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. Spacerunner

    Spacerunner Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    609
    Likes Received:
    195
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Why don't you just mix some anti-freeze in with it?
     
  10. PaulyP

    PaulyP Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,808
    Likes Received:
    2,991
    Location:
    Manchester
    Just set up 2 tube heaters on a thermostat control. If the temp drops to zero then they will come on.
     
  11. Terry

    Terry Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    10,722
    Likes Received:
    6,224
    Location:
    South yorks
    This is making me want to go out and recheck the van :thumb: but it's too bloody cold out there :BigGrin:
    Terry
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. Philcott

    Philcott Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2012
    Messages:
    670
    Likes Received:
    370
    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    All drained down now, but thanks for the suggestions. Got the de-humidifyer on in there just on a low setting to keep things nice and dry. Will probably have her out again for a drive in a couple of days and just carry what water I need to make tea!

    Roll on Spring!
     
  13. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    25,861
    Likes Received:
    76,262
    Location:
    Sutton on Sea
    Its going to be around minus 10 here tonight. Is there anything in your van that might freeze and make a mess or break something?
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. ericonabike

    ericonabike Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2012
    Messages:
    431
    Likes Received:
    271
    Location:
    Leicester
    Have hooked it up to mains on the drive and set Heating control to 'Frost' since November. Reckon it's cost me around £50 in lecky but haven't had to empty it or drain it down and it's been ready to go whenever I wanted [albeit I've only been out for a couple of nights since...]
     
Loading...

Share This Page