Getting ready for winter

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by combi, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. combi

    combi Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    9
    Being a wimp I am putting the motorhome away for the winter.

    Any tips or hints an getting it ready for its rest. I have drained down the water tanks pipework to the taps and left the taps open. Have emptied the waste tank and thetford tank and will be taking the seat cushions out.

    Is there anything else I should be doing?

    The storage location does not have an electricity supply so what should I do about the leisure batteries,I could remove them and use a smart charger to keep them topped up at home but I don't know what would happen as I have a solar panel fitted.

    Thanks

    cakeboy
     
  2. kickstart

    kickstart Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Messages:
    397
    Likes Received:
    76
    Location:
    south yorkshire
    It's not winter yet Cakeboy
     
  3. FULL TIMER

    FULL TIMER Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 31, 2012
    Messages:
    796
    Likes Received:
    712
    Location:
    NORWICH
    Make sure the boiler is fully drained out, they normally have thier own drain points, just emptying the tanks and leaving the taps open won't always fully drain the boiler, normally in the past we would remove the batteries and as you say keep them charged via a smart charger, but if your van is stored outside and you have a solar panel I assume this would do the same, I would also give the van a good wash and give it a good coating of Fenwicks Overwintering Fluid, it just mixes with water and you can use a garden sprayer to make it easier, makes cleaning the van a lot easier for the new season
     
  4. Swiftroy1

    Swiftroy1 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    172
    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    If you use the "search" facility there are approximately 20 pages of hints and tips on overwintering.
    good luck.
     
  5. mikebeaches

    mikebeaches Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2010
    Messages:
    957
    Likes Received:
    624
    Location:
    Bristol
    Leave all the internal cupboard doors open, so the air can circulate and they don't go musty.

    Might be worth putting a couple of trays of moisture-absorbing crystals inside too - on offer at Aldi at the moment I believe.

    We also take our van out on day trips through the winter, so everything keeps ticking over. Try to go out in it at least once every three or four weeks. Don't need to put water in the tank, just take a big plastic container full with you.

    Mike
     
  6. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Messages:
    29,441
    Likes Received:
    16,867
    Location:
    YO11 2BD
    it's worth putting down a little mouse poison or traps.

    believe me, if there are any around they will find a way in....nice and dry and always slightly warmer than outdoors.

    as an indicator as to mouse presence, place a biscuit on the floor and check regularly that it aint been nibbled.
     
  7. peter marshall

    peter marshall

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,702
    Likes Received:
    1,701
    Location:
    Cleveleys,Lancashire
    Hi
    If your MH has a separate toilet flush make sure that is empty has well, also I prop the mattress up for circulation, also what has been added before, your battery sjould be ok with the solar panel. Pete
     
  8. slobadoberbob

    slobadoberbob Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Messages:
    6,159
    Likes Received:
    1,970
    Location:
    Kent, garden of England
    oh yes it is

    Oh yes it is.. you should see the frost here this morning (Tunbridge Wells).

    I have my tube heaters on, my dehumidifier on timer, cupboards open and vented. main cushions all tilted to allow air flow... I am lucky it is on EHU and I can keep everything charged via the Sterling Combi inverter plus the battery master (take excess power from the habitation batteries to the engine battery).. have the window blinds all down ..roof vent blinds closed and the cab out side screen on to stop condensation... it is all wrapped up now until next spring.

    For those not on EHU I would put salt in some bowls and fill the bowls 3/4 full and check them weekly and you will find the salt covered with water.. empty replace and dry the old salt out on the oven and re use. Run the engine up on a regular basis to make sure the main engine battery has plenty of life to start the engine... A 20 minute was tick over will put back what you take out on startup and boost it.. You may need good batteries to keep any alarm system up and working.

    Bob
     
  9. Philcott

    Philcott Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2012
    Messages:
    670
    Likes Received:
    370
    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    Is it better to leave a full tank of fuel when winterizing? Just wondered about condensation in the tank.
     
  10. Vlad The Impaler

    Vlad The Impaler Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2012
    Messages:
    1,610
    Likes Received:
    2,177
    Location:
    Rutland
    Yes,when on site we fill all plant items every night be it dumpers or 360 machs to avoid condensation build up in tank.Bascally the more air that's in the tank the more scope there is for condensation to form.
    Over a few months of heating and cooling a near empty tank would be more water than gas and at one point or another lead to more exspense
     
  11. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,702
    Likes Received:
    3,207
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    If you remove the leisure batteries and you have a solar panel make sure you disconnect the panel from the controller first (usually remove fuse) as otherwise a sunny day will cook the controller. However if you have solar then you shouldn't need to remove the batteries as even dull winter daylight will be enough to keep them topped up (beware of snow though if it hangs about there will be no charge)
     
Loading...

Share This Page