Our hot tips for winter touring in your caravan or motorhome

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  1. BaileyStrempel says:

    Great tips explained. Thank you so much for putting these together. It will be a great source of information for the people who are looking for it.


    Sorry Liz, I must disagree that its a good idea to put anti-freeze in the waste tank. Anti-freeze can be poisonous and should not be allowed into the water system when you empty the waste tank!
    Far better to leave the drain tap open and collect it into some form of waste container eg bucket etc.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      According to Elsan, their anti-freeze is a food grade product and can be safely used in your drinking water. It’s harmless to animals and is also Glycol free, biodegradable, safe for the environment and can be emptied into any water disposal point after use.

  3. Mike Elliott says:

    very good article and most helpful.

  4. Fred Moore says:

    Splendid info. We arè newish to caravaning. Already Booked Christmas in one of touring parks in Camebridge therefore was browsing for info winter time.Valuable tips indeed.Someone has advise us to drain pipes and not to use fresh water (sink & shower) at all. Antifreeze in waste tank, I have same idea in mind, however wasn’t sure about fresh water pipes and taps.what about water pump in caravan? Would be safe to use Antifreeze gel for water pump? Wouldn’t do any damaged to it please?

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Depends on how severe the conditions are Fred. Anti-freeze in the waste tank can be a good idea – or just empty it regularly (especially before night time, when temperatures really drop). Any on-board piping should be okay, especially if you’re in your ‘van and the heating is on etc.
      If you have a Whale pump here’s their winterising guide – it doesn’t mention anti-freeze: https://www.whalepumps.com/rv/siteFiles/resources/docs/resource-library/Whale_winterisingguide.pdf.
      It’s a good idea to clean your water system pre-winter to make sure everything is running as smoothly as possible.

  5. Chris says:

    Very comprehensive, a check list that you can print off would be great. I’m looking at my vinyl floors now, but, mud wins I’m afraid!!! Thanks.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks Chris. A checklist is a good idea and one we’ll consider for the future. Good luck with the mud!

  6. David Field says:

    A good winter extra even if your caravan has heating built in, is a thermostatically controlled fan heater. They can be bought cheaply from the likes ofB& Q.
    I have used a cheap one for over 10 years to supliment the van heating.
    Not all vans over a few years old, are as comfortable as the latest vans!! At low temperatures. I prefer electric to gas at low temperatures.

  7. Wendy charlesworth says:

    Really helpful tips thank you. We are newbies from June this year and need all the help we can get

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for the positive feedback Wendy. Glad you’ve found the article helpful.

  8. Kat says:

    I have also found lots of useful tips and a newbie since August, what will you be using to stop the toilet freezing

  9. Kat says:

    Hi which toilet additive would you recommend with anti freeze please

  10. John Vaughan says:

    More really useful tips for both the newbies and old hands. Easy to forget some things so will be making up a Cold Weather Check List to add to the others!

  11. katrina Windsor says:

    Thank you. As newbies to motor homing and with a site booked for Christmas, this has been very useful.

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