Tips for winterproofing your motorhome

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  1. Andy Lowe says:

    After emptying the toilet tank, I put a cap full of the toilet fluid into the tank and then rotate the tank to coat the internal surfaces. Is this a good idea or not I wonder?

  2. John Skoyles says:

    All cupboards/draws open or closed during winter storage?

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      It’s worth keeping them open to allow air to circulate and so prying eyes can see there’s nothing inside.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      It’s worth keeping them open to allow the air to circulate and to show any prying eyes that they are empty.

  3. Helen leary says:

    No wonder l stick with you. Great support when needed. Love the winter tips and feel secure having done the checks with your list. Thanks

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for your kind comments Helen. We’re pleased we’ve been able to offer you some extra help.

  4. Jill says:

    Thanks for the useful tips. I have a basic campervan and use it as a car all year round. Tips I shall use are:
    remove gas cylinder; treat seals; open cupboards; possibly half shut curtains; drain water; leave pipes open; possibly coat bodywork; maybe hook up; lubricate locks and hinges. I reckon by using it at least once a week for a minimum 20 minute journey, that should be sufficient. Would you agree.

  5. Lez Carroll says:

    Being a first timer to motor-home,ing i found the info fantastic i would not of thought of as many, so thank you for your help

  6. Terry Bewley says:

    Some very good tips i have had motorhomes since 1989 but you can still forget certain things thank you there was some tips new to me

  7. Andrew Brough says:

    Very impressive well done caravan guard. I’m also impressed with you including the “expect to pay” prices. Thanks for the tips.

  8. Robert Hefferon says:

    Very helpful and informative.

  9. Mr J. Mitchell says:

    A most informative section for new motorhome owners. Keep up the good work

  10. David says:

    If the Motorhome hasn’t a proper cover would you recommend a tarpaulin over it our is this a bad idea?

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      You need to be careful to make sure any cover for your motorhome is breathable and that it won’t scratch the bodywork.

  11. Barrie Smith says:

    Absolutely first class information, no matter how well you think you have winterised your van it’s always good to have a checklist thank you.

  12. john coffey says:

    very informative

  13. Alan says:

    Vis-a-vis the van above….knock a motorhome-shaped hole in the wall behind it and reverse the van into the room. This creates a ready-made and weatherproof guest room or a handy kitchen/lounge/bedroom/toilet/shower in which to spend the winter. Place a television against a side window and show holiday videos from around the world, letting you believe you are far from home and enjoying yourselves. SORN the vehicle so tax, fuel costs and carbon-footprint are zero. Don’t forget to seal the large hole at the front with used plastic bags to save the planet and give you that incredibly smug feeling, beloved of jet-hopping celebrities and pop-stars.

  14. Fred Carss says:

    I have a small oil filled heater connected to a time clock set for every second hour after midnight till 8am.
    The heater is thermostatically controlled so if it’s mild weather it does not come on.
    Keeps van good at very low cost.

  15. RN Theasby says:

    Very good and thorough,makes you remember what you forgot!! I built a garage for mine,highly recomend.

  16. Peter M Jones says:

    All good hints of what to do of which most I know about however some are new to me and very worthwhile

  17. Glen tipping says:

    A good tip is when you leave your Motorhome or caravan over the winter months is to leave the window side blinds down 3 to 4 inches so on a bright winters day daylight can come through and warm up the inside we have been doing this to our Motorhome and it works really well in the winter if the blinds are closed completely the van is in darkness and no light will get in hence damp / mould could form

  18. Frank Browett says:

    After draining down, is it better to leave the drains open or closed?

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      It’s down to personal preference. Many people leave them open but some prefer to close them off to prevent anything crawling in (spiders etc).

  19. Barry Vincent says:

    We store all our soft furnishings in a Caravan & Camping Vac Bag ( in our Autotrail Scout. Absolutely brilliant, reusable and stops any issues with damp.

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