Winterising Your Motorhome
Now that it’s getting a little nippier outside, you might be considering closing the door on your motorhome until the bright nights start setting in or until the weather starts to get warmer. This winter don’t forget to take care of your motorhome, it’s time to winterise!
For many, winter spells a time when the adventures stop and we begin to think about taking our motorhomes off of the road. But without the proper precautions, parking a motorhome up for the winter can leave it vulnerable to the elements of nature. To protect it from unnecessary damage, it is important to winterise your motorhome before the cold really sets in. ‘Winterisation’ is a term for the process of preparing or equipping something for the coldest, darkest, wettest times of the year. Without winterisation, the motorhome could suffer problems that only become evident in the spring — which is about the time most people think of getting on the road again.
What is a winterised motorhome?
A winterised motorhome or campervan can effectively retain all its normal functions during usage in winter conditions.
When should you winterise your motorhome?
Winterising your motorhome is recommended when the temperature drops below 5 °C. It is especially important to winterize your motorhome before storing it away during the colder months.
What happens if you don’t winterise your motorhome?
If you fail to winterize your motorhome, then any water left behind in the plumbing could freeze as it gets cold. When water freezes it expands. This can cause your pipes to burst open, which in turn can lead to water damage. Water damage is often very expensive to repair.
How to Winterise Your Motorhome:
Drain down your motorhome!
If there’s water in your motorhome’s system, it can easily burst the water pipes as it freezes. Water naturally expands as it moves towards its freezing point. End of season is a good time to clean your water holding tanks and pipework before draining completely and leaving vented ready for any freezing weather.
So, first and most importantly, drain all the water from your fresh and wastewater tanks. Here is what you should do to properly winterise your motorhome:
Don’t Forget to Check In on Your Winterised Motorhome!
Here’s what you should do: