Useful Tips

View topic - Preparing a motorhome for the winter


Winter travel in a motorhome attracts far from all lovers of such a holiday. And this is quite justified, because in the cold season there are many difficulties in organizing a comfortable stay. Therefore, such a vehicle must be carefully prepared for a long trip to sub-zero temperatures.

Most campers of modern production provide for the possibility of winter operation. Their walls and ceiling are equipped with special thermal insulation, which allows maintaining a comfortable temperature inside the cabin, and there is also a double floor, the features of which are worth considering in more detail. There are also special heaters designed for economical heating.

If the motorhome is not intended for travel in the winter, you should take care of its insulation, communications and installation of equipment that will allow you to maintain the appropriate microclimate. This can be done both independently and by contacting specialists.

Travel preparation

A camper needs proper winter training just like any other vehicle. First of all, you need to pay attention to the technical condition of the motorhome and eliminate even minor malfunctions, if any. The best option would be to visit a service center to carry out a complete diagnosis of functional units and systems.

It is imperative to fully charge the battery, replace spark plugs, pay attention to door locks and drip a little oil into them, which will prevent condensation from freezing.

Parking equipment

  • If you are going on a long trip, you should take along a set of compulsory items, such as a tow rope, a pump, cigarette lighter wires, brake fluid, antifreeze, a tool kit, a shovel, a broom, a first-aid kit and the like.
  • It will also be useful to stock up on a pack of salt, which can come in handy if the trailer wheels freeze to the ground during long-term parking. Also, boards that should be placed under the wheels will help to avoid this trouble. In addition, these boards will not allow the wheels to sink into the ground with a possible thaw.
  • In order to avoid the formation of ice on the roof or accumulation of water, the camper should be parked under a slight slope. This will allow water to drain freely. For long stops, it is recommended to periodically check the water supply and drainage systems, charge the battery and start the engine for a while. Such manipulations will protect you from possible troubles and delays in your further trip.

How to protect the motorhome from the effects of the cold

If you have to leave the vehicle for a long time, it is worth remembering that during this period it will not be heated. Therefore, you must first drain all the water from the communications. For this, special cranes are provided. To carry out this event, you need to turn on the pump, open all the taps, not forgetting about the boiler, and wait until the water completely drains. If this procedure is not performed, the consequences of freezing communications will be very deplorable, and repairs will be expensive.

Gas consumption

At minus temperatures, gas consumption increases significantly. Therefore, you need to have with you a sufficient supply, designed for a certain period. Considering that even with good warming, the motorhome will have to be heated almost constantly, the life of one cylinder is significantly reduced and refueling may be needed every 5 or 10 days, depending on capacity.

Do not forget to check the remaining amount of gas from time to time so that its absence does not become an unpleasant surprise. When it is no longer possible to use the container for its intended purpose, condensate is necessarily drained from it.

Benefits of Double Sex

  • In the heated space of the double floor of the caravan, there are not only tanks with drinking, technical and waste water, but also other communications, which can significantly save living space and not worry about the possibility of freezing liquid in the systems.
  • A double heated floor guarantees even heat distribution throughout the camper area. And the air channels located along the walls ensure their heating and will avoid the formation of zones with low temperature.
  • In the space under the floor, you can place a generator, air conditioning and a gas bottle, as well as organize additional baggage compartments of various sizes there.

As you can see, you can live in a camper in winter in comfort. But for this he must be properly equipped and prepared. Modern manufacturers produce motor homes already with everything you need, so you can operate them both in summer and in winter without restrictions.

Winter Travel Benefits

If you don’t have your own camper, but there is a great desire to go on a trip in the winter, it’s not a problem to rent it. In addition, the cost of rent will be much lower than in summer, which means that the trip will cost less. Companies specializing in the provision of such services offer motorhomes that are fully equipped for long trips with everything you need, from spare batteries to kitchen utensils. Therefore, in addition you will need to purchase only a variety of little things that will be useful on the road.

Another advantage of such trips is the lack of need for hotel reservations. In anticipation of a long weekend during the holidays, this may cause a problem due to the large influx of tourists. But if you have a camper, you can stop anywhere and spend time in the most picturesque corners and popular places for your own pleasure, without worrying that living will cost too much.

Re: Preparing a motorhome for the winter

Robinzon "October 31, 2016 10:11 PM

need to open a tank of water

at the bottom of the tank pull out the plug

ensures that the glass water is fully