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Jan 15, 2023
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Hello,
How easy / expensive is it to make a uk spec motorhome suitable for -15 temperatures?
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Lenny HB

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Oct 18, 2007
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Carthago Compactline
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Since 2008 & many years tugging
64,000 dollar question me thinks.
First you need to find one with all tanks & plumbing inboard and preferably with a double floor, that's ruled out 99% of them.
Little things they do on Continental vans that are difficult to do after manufacture like heat the cassette area under the toilet.
 
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Mar 30, 2022
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Swift Suntor 590RL
Hello,
How easy / expensive is it to make a uk spec motorhome suitable for -15 temperatures?
:cold:❄️
Just turn the heating up 😂.
Seriously though my UK spec van has the fresh water tank inside so I've not had any problems with that freezing.
My grey waste tank is underneath but hasn't frozen so must absorb enough heat from the van.
The grey waste dump valve did freeze once so I now leave the dump valve open with a large bucket under it if temps are below freezing.
Mine is a coachbuilt and seems well insulated.
The cab however I expect has no insulation and got a lot colder than the hab so I made a thermal screen to separate them.
Means I am heating a smaller space and reduced the amount of heating needed by about a third.
 
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MorayShaSha
Jan 15, 2023
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Just turn the heating up 😂.
Seriously though my UK spec van has the fresh water tank inside so I've not had any problems with that freezing.
My grey waste tank is underneath but hasn't frozen so must absorb enough heat from the van.
The grey waste dump valve did freeze once so I now leave the dump valve open with a large bucket under it if temps are below freezing.
Mine is a coachbuilt and seems well insulated.
The cab however I expect has no insulation and got a lot colder than the hab so I made a thermal screen to separate them.
Means I am heating a smaller space and reduced the amount of heating needed by about a third.
Thank you. A thermal curtain is easy to do.
Just worried about pipes / water freezing.

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Mar 30, 2022
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Thank you. A thermal curtain is easy to do.
Just worried about pipes / water freezing.
As I said apart from the grey waste valve freezing (no damage done) I've not had any problems.
I just make sure that all the water is fully drained when not in use.
I can't comment on other vans just my present UK coach built and previous UK built PVC.
 
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May 5, 2022
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Hymer B778 PL
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Since 1992
On the insulation from. An A Class motorhome removes the base cab and continues the motorhome build around the front. Mine has got double glazed side windows and only the screen is single glazed but does have a thermal blind on the inside. Never used an outside one and we rally all year round.
 
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Mar 30, 2022
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On the insulation from. An A Class motorhome removes the base cab and continues the motorhome build around the front. Mine has got double glazed side windows and only the screen is single glazed but does have a thermal blind on the inside. Never used an outside one and we rally all year round.
Mine is a coachbuilt and I assume the Ducato cab has the same insulation as a delivery van, none.
Even with thermal screens on the inside of both side windows and windscreen the cab was much colder than the hab and also got a lot of condensation on the inside of the glass.
The thermal screen between hab and cab has pretty much eliminated that.
 
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Jul 29, 2013
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You can’t beat good quality external thermal screen covers I know people think it’s to much trouble to put them on but they are well worth it and they keep side cab and windscreen clear of condensation as well😊
 
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MorayShaSha
Jan 15, 2023
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As I said apart from the grey waste valve freezing (no damage done) I've not had any problems.
I just make sure that all the water is fully drained when not in use.
I can't comment on other vans just my present UK coach built and previous UK built PVC.
Where did you go and what overnight temperatures did you have?

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Apr 27, 2008
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I once did a couple of weeks in Braemar in February in an old autostratus. No problem apart from grey water so left drain open with a bucket under. Just leaves the problem of disposing of a 20kg dirty ice cube.
 
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The weekend before Christmas we were on a Cheshire Centre caravan rally at Blakemere. It was nippy and there was snow on the ground. Both Friday and Saturday nights the temperatures dropped to the -4c mark. There were 15 caravans all 8n different stages of being frozen and there were 3 motorhomes which were not frozen. They were a Frankia, Adria and Hymer. All A class and none felt the cold. Horses for courses.
 
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MorayShaSha
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I once did a couple of weeks in Braemar in February in an old autostratus. No problem apart from grey water so left drain open with a bucket under. Just leaves the problem of disposing of a 20kg dirty ice cube.
Not very far from us.

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