Protecting your caravan or motorhome in winter

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  1. Colin CLE says:

    For winter storage – is it necessary to apply grease, WD40 or similar to any parts:wheels, hitch, underframe etc?

  2. Colin CLE says:

    As a new caravan owner, found the article and other uses tips an easy read and very helpful tips. Many thanks all

  3. Ruth says:

    I have removed loose cushions & bedding to store at home. Because I have no room at home I’ve put the mattress & seat cushions in a mattress protective plastic bag. Is this Ok? I did this last year and they stayed dry. I also have a moisture absorber box in the van.

  4. Paul Reachill says:

    Hi Craig.This is my first year with a Fiat Ducato Royal.Its 1996 and ihad to have a lot of damp repair done.Is it best to cover the van over winter or leave it to the elements.What about a half cover to protect the seams around the roof and windows.TIA.Paul

  5. Colin Burnett says:

    Doo I leave the legs down or up please

  6. Kevin says:

    New to motor homing, some really good tips thanks. Will put some of these into action asap.

  7. @New2Caravanning says:

    Using an air pressure drainage kit such as Floe is a great way to expel the last drops from the water system. I collect more than 1 litre of water by doing this that would otherwise lurk in the pipes to freeze. Also, remove the water filter which can crack if small amounts of water remain.

  8. Lesley Parsons says:

    We need advice please. we have purchased a tourer last week a Bailey Pageant 6 berth. We live in Cornwall and we are siting it on a permanent pitch which is open all year. Could any one tell us how we anchor it down and what with as the strong winds approach, Thanks

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Lesley, to be fair we don’t hear of that many touring caravans tipping over due to strong winds. If your park is particularly exposed we’d suggest you first speak to the site owner to see if they could move it to a more sheltered position for winter months. If your caravan needs to stay on its pitch all year round and if the pitch has a concrete base then you could ask your park operator about bolting ground anchor points at each side of the axle and then chain the caravan chassis to these points. Anchoring is common in the static caravan market to avoid them tipping over in high winds. Another measure is to store heavy items, like your awning, on the floor of your caravan over the axle to make it more bottom heavy. Make sure weight is distributed equally across the width of the caravan so that it’s not got all the weight to one side. Whilst we’ve mentioned awnings, where possible we’d advise not to leave your awning erected for the winter as storm damage to awnings is very common. Hope this helps.

  9. Roland Adcock says:

    Place tumble dryer sheets around your Motorhome/ caravan they act as a deterrent for mice.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for the tip Roland. Wire wool and peppermint oil are other things to try to keep vermin away.

  10. Sandra Malcolm says:

    If we took our caravan out for a ‘run’ once a month during the winter, would that be enough to keep the leisure battery charged up? Great article- very helpful.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for the feedback Sandra. It could possibly help but it would be better to remove the battery and charge it fully with a leisure battery charger. If the caravan needs the battery for an alarm or tracking system then it’s worth having a second battery and swap them periodically. Hope this helps?

  11. Sandra woods says:

    Hi I don’t know if any one can help me but my mains battery keeps draining I have only had the Motorhome a few weeks and it’s only five years old and only used hook up once don’t know if I have switched everything of has anybody got any suggestions. Please

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Sandra
      Sorry to hear that you’re having problems with your motorhome battery. Some electronic devices like security systems or reversing cameras will draw from the mains battery even when the motorhome ignition is switched off – obviously there’s not much you can do about that. A motorhome solar panel could help keep your battery topped up. Ultimately, we’d recommend speaking to your nearest dealer for advice – they might recommend replacing the battery.
      Best regards,
      Caravan Guard

  12. J.A. Taylor-Woods says:

    New to caravanning, so any information and safety reminders are welcome.

  13. Nigel Alexander says:

    Salt in the ‘U’ bend, I would never have thought of that. Good article

  14. Mike Walden says:

    It has been suggested that a tray full of cat litter will help keep moisture at bay. What do you think?

  15. Ian says:

    This will be my first winter as a motorhome owner, so I found your article very interesting and helpful. Thanks!

  16. John says:

    On my caravan the notice on the battery shows a warning not to disconnect the battery so how can I charge the battery

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi John. It should be possible to charge your caravan leisure battery in situ. But we recommend taking advice from your dealer or manufacturer first. You might have to change some settings on your caravan and electrical equipment such as motor movers first so as not to cause any damage.

  17. Neil says:

    I’m lucky enough to be able to have my van on the drive so I keep the heating on set at lowest temperature, but do leave all cupboards open and lift the bed up so the mattress stays dry.

  18. Diane Radford says:

    I use a Unibond Aero moisture absorber in the motor home, it works very well. Thank you for all your tips.

  19. Jon White says:

    Worth mentioning to use the a/c every now and then. This keeps the coolant circulating and is an effective de-humidifier too.
    Jon White

  20. Norman says:

    Very impressed material to help me prepare for winter thanks again

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