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Protecting Your Motorhome in the Winter

When winter arrives, it’s time to take steps to protect your motorhome from the harsh weather conditions. Whether you're planning to store your motorhome for a few weeks or the entire winter season the cold weather and harsh elements can take their toll on the inside and outside of your vehicle. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that it stays in top condition during the winter months so it’s in perfect condition for you to take to the roads when the weather improves.

Secure Storage:

The first step in protecting your motorhome during the winter is choosing a suitable and robust storage location. Ideally, you want to store your motorhome in a dry, covered, and temperature-controlled environment; this could be a garage, carport, or a dedicated motorhome facility. If using an outdoor storage option, make sure it's sheltered from the wind and snow.

Protect your Plumbing:

The plumbing system is one of the most vulnerable parts of your motorhome to the winter elements. To prevent freezing and potentially costly repairs, use lagging to insulate pipes and ensure they stay warm. Drain the tanks and pipes thoroughly after each trip and use antifreeze to prevent any remaining water from freezing and causing damage.

Keep It Dry:

Excess moisture can lead to mould, mildew, and damage to your motorhome’s interior. A dehumidifier can maintain an optimal humidity level and moisture-absorbing products like desiccant bags can keep your motorhome dry inside. Regularly check for leaks around window and roof seals, and repair them quickly to prevent water from seeping in. Also, make sure the roof is clear of snow and ice, as heavy loads can cause damage and leaks.

Keep It Clean:

Keeping your motorhome clean during the winter can be crucial in preventing any damage from the elements. Ensure dirt, grime, and salt are regularly removed from the exterior to avoid potential corrosion and clean the interior thoroughly. Thoroughly vacuuming and scrubbing all surfaces will help keep your motorhome clean while in storage and discourage mice and other pests from taking up residence.

Check the Tyres:

Cold weather can affect tyre pressure, so check tyre pressures regularly and maintain them at the recommended levels. Tyre covers can shield tyres from harsh winter weather and prevent them from cracking.

Monitor the Battery:

Cold weather can be tough on your motorhome's batteries. To protect them, consider investing in a battery maintainer to keep them charged during the off-season, but for extended periods of storage, disconnect the batteries to prevent any unnecessary discharge.

Make Regular Checks:

Even if you've chosen the best storage location and taken all the necessary steps to protect your motorhome throughout the winter, it's still a good idea to check on it regularly to catch any problems early and prevent any damage from getting worse.

Habitation Services at RVSC

Ensure your motorhome is in excellent working condition with a comprehensive habitation service and health check by RVSC. Adhering strictly to the NCC and manufacturer guidelines, the thorough inspection takes up to three hours to complete and gives you the peace of mind that all the living areas of your motorhome are in perfect order.

  • The gas, water and electrical systems are all tested using specialist equipment.
  • Gas certification.
  • Damp test.
  • Fire safety and security checks.
  • All locks are inspected, tested, and lubricated.
  • Blinds, windows, and roof lights are opened, checked, and adjusted as required.
  • The underbody and chassis mountings are checked.

Contact RVSC in Toddington showroom on +44 (0)1525 878 009 or motorhomesales@rvsupercentre.co.uk or in Edinburgh at +44 (0)131 560 1122 or email info@rvsupercentre.co.uk to arrange an appointment.

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