You may have travelled care-free far and wide in your motorhome during summer, but now the weathers taken a turn and temperatures are dropping. Christmas is coming; the goose is getting fat and your motorhome needs winterising in order to survive these freezing few months. We’re obviously well into winter already here in the UK, so if you haven’t started thinking about ensuring your motorhome is insulated against the weather then now is definitely the time to do so.
Leaving the vehicle parked and unused for long periods at a time can obviously result in damage occurring, whether the weather is cold or not. Replacing or fixing parts that have been damaged by rust or frost can prove costly, especially because if the motorhome is cared for properly you can avoid any unnecessary spend. If you intend to use a motorhome for a winter seasonal holiday this winter then this handy guide should help you prepare your vehicle and give you peace of mind during the following few months.
Some motorhomes are pre-made ready for winter, with heating coils to stop the water tanks freezing and double windows and extra insulation to ensure the vehicle and its inhabitants stay warm whatever the weather. It’s worth checking with your dealer if this is the case though, as not all motorhomes are made to survive the cold. Know exactly what you’re renting before you take a long journey inside it. You should ask your dealer whether the model you’re thinking of renting is popular this time of year, and what the heating is like inside the motorhome. It’s also worth checking that all the rubber seals on the doors and windows are in great condition, as you don’t want any unexpected draughts keeping you cold on your holiday.
Once you’re sure you’ve chosen the correct vehicle for the season, it’s time to do all the preliminary checks. Fill up the tank, ensure the battery is fully charged and check tires; are they at a good pressure? Are they worn at all? If the tires aren’t optimised for icy roads then you may find yourself in a dangerous situation. Even if the tires have brand new treads, it’s still important that you drive safe at all times, especially when the roads are potentially icy. Pack plenty of blankets and warm clothes, always bring more than you think you’ll need. Having that extra pair of socks can be a godsend when your toes are starting to really feel the cold. Make sure you bring plenty of antifreeze and an ice scraper, as well as a winter cover for your windshield if you can. The antifreeze will not only save you time defrosting your windows in the morning, but it’s also great when poured down the pipes in moderation, as it can prevent them from freezing up and causing severe drainage problems.
When parked up for the night, make sure you’re on safe, solid ground and not on ice or any snowy mounds that may shift overnight; and placing a wedge or a brick behind your tires can also take a lot of pressure off the handbrakes and prevent any components from getting stuck frozen. Wind chill is one of the worst things about winter, and taping up and closing any vents is a great way stop the cold air getting in, however do make sure there is at least one source of fresh air somewhere to ensure a healthy air flow through the vehicle.