Preparing your motorhome for winter storage

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  1. Mike Walden says:

    After draining the boiler, grey & fresh water tanks I open all the taps fully including the shower, blow up a large balloon and fit it on the tap. This blows any remains water out of the pipes. Make sure you do it for cold and hot.

  2. Joseph Hart says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I will be wintering my Fiat Ducato 2.8 diesel (Model: Eden 202) Year 2000. It is a French vehicle (with 80,000 kilometres). The vehicle will be housed for eight months in a barn in Central France. I will be draining all water out of the vehicle (including the solar tank) except the engine which will have anti-freeze.

    I would like your advise as to whether I should disconnect the batteries, or would it be advisable to leave them connected and plug in the electricity. It also has a solar panel but under cover in the barn it will not get direct sunlight although light will be shining in. I understand that the solar panel has a trickle charge and will top up the batteries and also the electricity if it is plugged in.

    The farmer (whose barn I will be renting) has offered to start the engine up periodically and I would greatly appreciate your advice in this matter.

    Yours sincerely,

    Joseph Hart.

    • Hi Joseph, thanks for getting in touch.

      I passed your query on to motorhome enthusiast and journalist Nick Harding. In response to your query, Nick gave this advice: “It’s great if you can have the engine turned over occasionally, great if you can stay plugged into mains, otherwise, do keep a close eye on battery levels. I’d recommend that you speak to your solar panel fitter for more advice on this. Lastly, it’s not good for your tyres to be sat around for so long, so again great if the motorhome can be moved occasionally.”

      We hope this helps.


  3. mark says:

    hi i have put my camper on axel stands to keep weight of the tyres and to stop damp

  4. Irene Johnson says:

    I turn the engine over a couple of times and move the van a little so that the pressure is not on the same part of the tyres all over winter.

  5. Frank Pumford says:

    Hi Neil, Do you have any opinions on the best way of avoiding Damp Ingress. Early this year my most affected area was a section in the kitchen window area where i had thought my motorhome would have good protection that section being parked in the winter alongside the gable end of house. Do you consider the addition of a carport type cover being worth the expense.Frank

  6. Hi John,

    providing you purchase a breathable cover, we think they do offer added protection over leaving your motorhome uncovered over winter.

    The most important thing is that the cover is breathable, otherwise condensation can build up between the motorhome and the cover, and even inside the motorhome (causing damp).

    Caravan Guard

  7. john says:

    What do you think of overall covers for winter storage. Advantage or disadvantage.

  8. Some great advice guys.

    Further to John’s comment you can also use a Floe ( air pump to flush out the system, or simply close all your taps, remove your show head and blow down the pipe. This should force any last drops out.

    thanks again for your tips guys and keep em coming!

    Caravan Guard

  9. Ray Hoskins says:

    On the outside of the motorhome where the fridge vents are, dont forget to put the winter grill devices on to limit the ammount of air and moisture going into the vehicle.

  10. Hugh Fixsen says:

    Chock the wheels, don’t use the hand brake

  11. peter roberts says:

    Good advice you cannot be to carefull .
    Your Motorhome is a big investment so look after it and USE it to justyfy the cost of keeping it on the road.

  12. John says:

    Don’t just drain your tanks, open the drain taps and drive around for a few miles before parking up, it’s surprising how much water a static tank will retain. Where possible leave cupboard / locker doors slightly open so the air can circulate.

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