Winter Stand Up ! (1 Viewer)

Mar 2, 2016
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Im a newbe
Just wondered what fella motorhomers do apart from draining all water out with there M.H whilst standing around over the winter period ? Do you put a small oil filled radiator inside on very low setting or do you just leave some vents open so as to get air circulating around inside ?
 
Oct 29, 2012
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20 years (unless you count my dads VW which makes it 52 years with a few gaps!!)
i use it! as much as poss anyway. I do have a small convector radiator that I leave on low so its ready for a quick getaway:D
 

Bdeners

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Jul 22, 2018
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Small oil filled radiator set on low and 2 aero 360 moisture absorbers, good price at B&Q at the moment.

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Clickem

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May 20, 2014
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We don't heat the van, just well ventilated. Couple of mouse traps and a granular dehumidifier. Don't think that the dehumidifier keeps it that dry, but for 50p it is a good indicator if the inside is becoming damp
 

mikebeaches

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Feb 22, 2010
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Also open all cupboards and drawers, to let the air circulate.

Remove bedding.

Seat dinette cushion and single mattresses stood on their sides so again air can circulate.

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two

Aug 4, 2011
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I drain and leave well ventilated.
When warming-up, ready for an outing, I heat with gas because it's cheaper than electricity.
 

Bonkers the Dog

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A good 'hack' that I use in both my cars during the damp part of the year here in the West of Scotland (Jan-dec inc) is a pair of SWMBO's tights filled with kitty litter; she is of course not in them. Chop the legs off, fill with kitty litter, tie ends off and leave under seats. Naturally absorbent and deodorant. Works well.
 
Oct 29, 2016
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Some of the above comments takes me back to our caravaning days when we stored the caravan away from home, and its all belt & Braces good advice(y) Drain down completely, open all taps etc.
Now we have the MH at home, I pop into it every few days and have a look cos I probably need something out of it.
We try and use it as much as we can as that's good for the mechanical side,as well as the hab side of things.
I dont bother with heating normally as when it cools down it could cause condensation if the vents are not open. I recently discovered that my newly filled LPG gas bottles are now empty:eek: as having returned from a new year meet, I left the boiler on gas set to 10 degrees C thinking that it would only come on when necessary, well it was obviously necessary as all my gas is now used up.:(
Checking the state of the batteries is my main concern in winter. to keep them topped up if solar power is low.
Good luck, hope that helps, we all have our own ways of looking after our pride & joys.
Les
 

Blue Knight

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Crickey, don't do what I did two Xmas' ago. I placed a 2000W oil heater in the van for the 3-months and bunged the setting on high.

Nicky was well chuffed with the extra £600 on the leccy bill for that quarter.:cry:

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Oct 12, 2009
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Just wondered what fella motorhomers do apart from draining all water out with there M.H whilst standing around over the winter period ? Do you put a small oil filled radiator inside on very low setting or do you just leave some vents open so as to get air circulating around inside ?

Drain water
EHU
Nothing else.
 
Jun 21, 2018
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Auto Trail Comanche
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We just use ours regularly all year and if we are at home when a frost is forecasted I go out and put the heating on low, never drained down in the 9 years we have had it ( only to clean out tanks )
 

two

Aug 4, 2011
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If you feel that you 'must' use 'leccy for heating, make sure that the thermostat is a good one. Cheap ones have a wide and varying range and are not good at maintaining an even temperature. A good greenhouse heater may be better - it's supposed to be designed to keep stable temperatures and protect from frost.
Much cheaper to drain down, though.
 
Apr 27, 2008
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Can't use it as often as I like so drain and set a few mousetraps. Its in storage 15 miles away Check weekly. Clear any snow from solar panels (at least the three I can reach )

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Oct 7, 2013
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We use it as often as possible but, when laid up for short periods during the winter, we simply ......

Drain down all pipe work, tanks and boiler.
Connect to EHU, on a timer, to keep batteries topped up.
Open it up to ventilate on good dry days.

We are fortunate to be able to store it on our drive.
 

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