That was very lucky escape ! (1 Viewer)

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A good friend of mine who is normally a practical person, had heard the weather forecast on more than one occasion, saying it was going to get very cold etc etc. He had emptied the water tank but didnt let the water out of the taps, shower or loo !. Anyway he went into check the van saturday and inside the van was -4 ! he put the heater on left it a day, switched on the pump to see what he may find but the pump wouldnt work, he left it another day and checked this mornig and all is well, it all works fine, that was very lucky me thinks.
 
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We are drained but I leave the pipe heater switch on (posh or what). I also drop the bed down a foot or so to stop condensation. It’s been colder here than for years.
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A good friend of mine who is normally a practical person, had heard the weather forecast on more than one occasion, saying it was going to get very cold etc etc. He had emptied the water tank but didnt let the water out of the taps, shower or loo !. Anyway he went into check the van saturday and inside the van was -4 ! he put the heater on left it a day, switched on the pump to see what he may find but the pump wouldnt work, he left it another day and checked this mornig and all is well, it all works fine, that was very lucky me thinks.
He might find that his pipe connectors have been loosened or his water heater is cracked... If he hasn't done so already, it is worth doing a full check looking at every pipe and running the water heater while the pipes are visible before operating the vehicle as normal.
 
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I always drain down and leave hooked up with heating set at 8 degs which blows through all lockers and double floor to eliminate any risk.
 
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A good friend of mine who is normally a practical person, had heard the weather forecast on more than one occasion, saying it was going to get very cold etc etc. He had emptied the water tank but didnt let the water out of the taps, shower or loo !. Anyway he went into check the van saturday and inside the van was -4 ! he put the heater on left it a day, switched on the pump to see what he may find but the pump wouldnt work, he left it another day and checked this mornig and all is well, it all works fine, that was very lucky me thinks.
Hope it’s all OK for you 🙂

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Many years ago we had a Rimor and took it in to the local dealer to have a solar panel and leisure battery fitted (this was in the days before I found out how to do it myself) along with a hab check for the warranty. It was winter and there'd been a hard frost, when we went to collect it we found that the technician had forgotten to empty the fresh water tank which was located under the dinette seat ... it was a massive block of ice! :oops: Obviously we weren't very happy so left it with them for a couple of days so they could defrost it slowly and then check if anything had been affected, fortunately nothing was ... I think they breathed a big sigh of relief as it could've been an expensive mistake.

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Many years ago we had a Rimor and took it in to the local dealer to have a solar panel and leisure battery fitted (this was in the days before I found out how to do it myself) along with a hab check for the warranty. It was winter and there'd been a hard frost, when we went to collect it we found that the technician had forgotten to empty the fresh water tank which was located under the dinette seat ... it was a massive block of ice! :oops: Obviously we weren't very happy so left it with them for a couple of days so they could defrost it slowly and then check if anything had been affected, fortunately nothing was ... I think they breathed a big sigh of relief as it could've been an expensive mistake.
Wow that was lucky, you can just imagine the ice splitting the tank :oops:
 
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Inside our motorhome tonight.
I just hope I have it properly drained down!
It was only 1deg C warmer inside than it was outside.
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Think that’s something we tend to worry about.
Have we drained down well enough. Always cross the fingers when refill and prime the system for the first time. Generally just before leaving for a long trip 🤔🤔

Does the tank level gauge work
Is all the air out
Does the pump work
Will the pressure or tap switches work
Are all the connections in tack - no hidden leaks
Will the heater work

It’s stressful thing this motorhome 😳😳

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I must say it did surprise me slightly that even having a fully winterised, double floor German Van, the inside temp was only 1 degree higher than the outside temp when stored up for winter, did this revelation surprise many others?
Its easy to see why draining down fully is so important, but its still a worry as forgetting to make sure that last squirt of pipe water is pumped through the Thetford toilet pump for example.
LES
 
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I must say it did surprise me slightly that even having a fully winterised, double floor German Van, the inside temp was only 1 degree higher than the outside temp when stored up for winter, did this revelation surprise many others?
It surprised me too. I was expecting it to be close to zero but I wasn't expecting -4!!
 
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With no heating at all and lots of areas where existing residual heat can escape I'm not surprised that the inside even of a double floor MH is freezing. All it will do is lengthen the time it takes to get to the lower temperature.

I'm about to go out into our MH to get it packed ready for the off tomorrow ... it's flipping freezing here so hubby has just put a fan heater on so I hopefully don't end up like an icicle! :cold: Not putting water in until just before we set off tomorrow so hopefully we don't have any leaks when we do! :oops:
 
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Do you really 'talk' to your iNet Box like that? :LOL:

Next you'll be saying 'Thanks sweetie' and buying it a Christmas present!!! :rofl:
When it says "You can call me Hal" will be the time to worry.

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