Storage . What needs doing ?

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  1. Charlie

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    Our van won't get used now until after Christmas when we head to Spain..

    Today I drained the water tank and opened the valve to drop the water out of the heater. Opened all the taps in the sinks and shower and set them in halfway position between hot and cold. Emptied the loo both the cassette and the flush water tank.

    What else should I do !

    Do I leave The window blinds open or closed

    Is it worth putting a couple of thos dehumidifier things in the van ?

    Any advice welcomed.

    Thanks !!!
     
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    Definitely recommend dehumidifies, we use Poundland.

    Make sure that you remove any food and set a couple of mouse traps, just in case
     
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    I take mine for a spin every 4-6 weeks for about 20 mins,and I mark the bottom of the tyres before I set off and make sure the area marked is in a different position when I return. And a good idea to remove food,but I don't set mouse traps as you are just leaving food on them to invite them in
     
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    Thanks Jim.. The section that covers inline water filters is one area I would have missed ! I will attend to that !
    The biscuit test is also good but I will be putting a couple of traps in the van and putting them on a piece of card as traps can spread mouse blood a good distance !

    Thanks again !
     
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    We used to have a static caravan and it was closed November to March each year. We (and everyone else on the site) used to put about 4 big dishes of salt around the vans to absorb any damp. We owned the van for about 6 years and never had any damp or mildew when we went back to open up.....and the salt was rock hard so it must've absorbed moisture!

    We also used to stand all the cushions up on end, away from the walls.

    Also, in the motorhome, I'd leave the toilet cassette out with the lid off to let it dry out..... Not sure what would grow in there if left in situ? And, leave the fridge and freezer doors wedged open to avoid them getting mildewy and smelly.
     
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    Depends on the type of blind, if they are sprung loaded, no. If not, then entirely up to you.

    If you have a separate toilet flush tank, you'll need to empty that, but I would guess you don't have one. Final small but important point. Don't leave the handbrake on, if it seizes up in the on position, that is a big job. Easy to repair if the handbrake is not applied.
     
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    MOUSE TRAPS...............STICKY ONES IF YOU MUST BUT........... MOUSE TRAPS
    Am I shouting ...........YES
    Had loads of damage last winter, they ate all the waste pipes then made a nest in the void under the shower
     
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    Toilet does have a separate flush tank and that has been emptied including the siphon/filling spout at the top.

    Believe it or not I never leave the handbrake on . I always park it in reverse gear with a chunk of railway sleeper chocking the rear wheels..
     
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    Good idea on leaving the toilet cassette out.. I've cleaned it really well inside and out but if it's not in the van it can't smell... I will put it in the back workshop out of the way...

    Have the fridge/freezer door open and one of those fridge fresheners inside..
     
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    Just thinking what your first thread about Spain might be.......'Guess who forgot to put the cassette back in?'

    I'd stick a post-it note on the loo lid if I were you......
     
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    I use a compressed air line to blow out any water still in tap fittings after having ice force a tap apart.
    I Do this by taking the shower head off but make sure the taps are open or u may cause the non return valve to jam. No need to ask how I know this.
     
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    Nothing needs doing if you keep indoors in a heated, solar powered garage, then it's always ready to go, just supply an alternative food source for mice and they won't come near it, I use 2000 tonnes of wheat
     
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    bit over the top with the wheat mate, but still if it works for you
     
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    Even having drained the system down, a pool of water will probably remain in the basin or shower U bends/traps which can freeze and then crack the plastic. I pour a bit of antifreeze in after draining down.
     
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    I make sure the engine is off and close the door...

    Having had an attack of diesel bug on the boat I would make sure the fuel tank is full nowadays, but I think the best advice as @dave met says is to try and use it!

    Oh, also to leave the handbrake off, and the guy who fitted my clutch told me to try and wedge the clutch down with a stick.
     
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    Leave hand brake off. Do not leave in gear if you have a DM Flywheel.
     
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    Assuming the advice on the clutch was to prevent the plate sticking to the flywheel raises the question of continuous loading of the clutch springs ?
    Its not hard to get a plate unstuck IF it sticks. Use will then clean it up. Bugger the springs and its gearbox out time..

    Least that's the way I see it .
     
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    Please explain why ?

    Thanks.
     
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