Outside Storage

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Craig Rogers, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Craig Rogers

    Craig Rogers Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2011
    Messages:
    651
    Likes Received:
    411
    Location:
    Midlands, UK (Welsh!)
    Hi all,

    We are not hybernating the MH over the winter as we are continuing to use it once every 2 or 3 weeks (once a month at the least).

    I drain all the water tanks and heater and leave the inside doors open, but have 2 questions;

    1) I have Silverscreens, is it worth putting these on all the time to avoid condenstation building when frost melts.

    2) I always leave the MH on hookup when parked up outside, is it a good idea to just leave the charger constantly powered on. I guess it can't burn out or damage the battery as it's regulated?

    Thanks all! :thumb:
     
  2. peter marshall

    peter marshall

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,702
    Likes Received:
    1,701
    Location:
    Cleveleys,Lancashire
    Hi Craig
    Sound ok to me screen on, on hook up, perhaps a small oil filed heater to keep the chill off, also run the engine from time to time. Pete :thumb:
     
  3. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Messages:
    29,475
    Likes Received:
    16,949
    Location:
    YO11 2BD
    Q2 ) depends on your charger.

    if its a bog standard fixed rate charger it may slightly overcharge the battery over time so frequent checking and topping up of water will be needed.

    an intelligent 'multi' stage charger will revert to trickle charge once fully charged and can be left connected indefinitely.

    I guess if you use the van every month or so I would recharge for a couple of hours each week and turn off the charger in-between charges.
     
  4. rob kinnear

    rob kinnear Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    Swansea
    We use our van through the winter even if it is just the odd night out wilding some where close but when it is parked as you have said tanks empty / plugged into mains / screens up and a small oil filled heater to take the chill off the van;
    As the van is parked next to the house it is turned on overnight a couple of times a week, but if we do not use it for a week or two it is used to go shopping or just for a short run.

    Rob
     
  5. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Messages:
    27,247
    Likes Received:
    34,478
    Location:
    Acklam, Teesside, originally Glossop
    Our van is kept on the drive.

    All water drained (including flush tank) and taps opened.
    Cushions lifted and cupboards opened to allow air circulation.
    Never bother using silver screens.
    Run the charger every couple of weeks, depending on how often we can manage to use the van.
    Used to use an oil filled radiator but didn't bother last year and had no problems even when we had that solid 6 weeks of snow and lowest temperatures for years.
     
Loading...

Share This Page