Is Your Leisure Vehicle Prepared for Winter?

Submitted by Rick Parker on 3 October 2018 - 2:53pm

With winter just around the corner there is a risk of freezing and frost damage to your Caravan, Travel Trailer or Motorhome – but not if you care for it properly.

Below is our recommendations of how to prepare your Leisure Vehicle for the upcoming cold weather.

Please note that if your vehicle is kept in our storage compound at Tebay it is still your responsibility to undertake the necessary winterisation.


CARING FOR YOUR HYMER/ERIBA/KNAUS/[email protected] THIS WINTER:

  • Toilet cassettes should be emptied and stored indoors if space permits.
  • Drain down the internal water tank, run taps to bleed all water possible out of the water lines.  Leave the taps in the half open position and then remove the 12v fuse to stop the submersible water pump running. ! CAUTION If water is allowed to freeze in the system, serious damage to the water heater, pipework and pump will occur, and this could invalidate your manufacturers warranty.
  • Leave the fridge door in the ventilated (ajar) position.

If you have a leisure battery fitted, this would best be removed if the caravan is to be left un-heated. The ideal situation would be to leave the battery in a garage connected to a trickle charger.


CARING FOR YOUR AIRSTREAM THIS WINTER:

  • Disconnect the water supply externally (if connected).
  • Drain the internal cold water tank.
    • Series 1 models: Lift yellow lever of cold water tank drain down, usually positioned near to onboard water tank.
    • Series 2 models: Locate drain down lever below or above floor and turn through 90 degrees.
  • Drain the domestic hot water tank in the Alde boiler. Lift the yellow lever to the drain down point, which is usually positioned close to the Alde boiler.
  • Turn ON the water pump at the 12v digital control panel. 
  • Series 1 models: Select INT position on 3 way water system switch. Open all taps in turn until no water flow. In the case of single lever taps, move the tap to midway between hot and cold and lift to the open position, then leave tap in open position.
  • Series 2 models: Open all taps in turn until no water flow. In the case of single lever taps, move the tap to midway between hot and cold and lift to the open position, then leave tap in open position.
  • Open all showers to 'on' position. Un-clip shower heads to internal and external showers (including pull out shower heads to wet baths, which should be pulled out fully).
  • Depress any hand spray levers while holding down into the shower tray/ onto the ground respectively, until there is no further water flow.  Remove shower heads, shake water out and store.
  • Flush the WC until water flow into the bowl ceases.
  • Access the internal water pump(s). Remove caps to filter(s) near pumps and allow water to drain out.  If there is no water pump tray fitted, you will need to place a shallow container under the filter first to catch the water. Leave the filter cap(s) off (ready to replace in Spring when re-commissioning).
  • Access the waste water bellypan compartment. Pull gate valve and leave in fully out (open) position, to drain any water from waste water piping.
  • Dometic vacuum toilet (Series 1 models only): Remove the plastic cover to the side of the WC foot pedal, then unscrew the white threaded lock nut located underneath the pedal. Have a shallow plastic container ready to catch the water. Press the pedal again. Once water has drained out of the toilet bowl, screw the lock nut on again. 
  • All toilets: Remove WC vacuum cassette, empty completely, flush with clean water, leave to drain and then return to the trailer, or store indoors.
  • Fill P traps to galley sink, bathroom wash hand basin and shower tray with antifreeze, diluted to manufacturer's instructions.
  • ! CAUTION If water is allowed to freeze in the system, serious damage to the water heater, pipework and pump will occur, and this could invalidate your manufacturers warranty.
  • Remove the leisure battery/ batteries and store indoors in a cool dry place where there is no risk of freezing. Connect the battery/ batteries to a trickle charger during the winter storage period, to keep them fully charged. ! CAUTION Removing the leisure battery may trigger the satellite tracking system, if fitted, depending on the type fitted.
  • Clean out fridge and leave fridge door wedged open to ensure circulation.
  • Leave furniture doors and lockers open to allow air to circulate fully.
  • Remove soft furnishings including seat cushions, mattress, curtains and store inside in a heated space. If this is not possible, stand the cushions/ mattress on their edges to improve circulation of air.

CARING FOR YOUR BUCCANEER THIS WINTER:

  • With winter just around the corner there is a risk of freezing and frost damage to your trailer – but not if you care for it properly.
  • Please note that if your vehicle is kept in our Storage Compound at Tebay it is still your responsibility to undertake the necessary winterisation.
  • Here are our winterising recommendations for Buccaneer owners:
  • Disconnect the water supply externally (if connected).
  • Drain the internal cold water tank.  
  • Lift yellow lever of cold water tank drain down, usually positioned near to onboard water tank. 
  • Drain the domestic hot water tank in the Alde boiler. Lift the yellow lever to the drain down point, which is usually positioned close to the Alde boiler.
  • Turn ON the water pump at the 12v digital control panel. 
  • Select INT position on 3 way water system switch. Open all taps in turn until no water flow. In the case of single lever taps, move the tap to midway between hot and cold and lift to the open position, then leave tap in open position.
  • Open all showers to 'on' position. Un-clip shower heads to internal and external showers (including pull out shower heads to wet baths, which should be pulled out fully).
  • Depress any hand spray levers while holding down into the shower tray/ onto the ground respectively, until there is no further water flow.  Remove shower heads, shake water out and store.
  • Flush the WC until water flow into the bowl ceases.
  • Access the internal water pump(s). Remove caps to filter(s) near pumps and allow water to drain out.  If there is no water pump tray fitted, you will need to place a shallow container under the filter first to catch the water.  Leave the filter cap(s) off (ready to replace in Spring when re-commissioning).
  • Access the waste water bellypan compartment. Pull gate valve and leave in fully out (open) position, to drain any water from waste water piping.
  • Fill toilets: Remove WC vacuum cassette, empty completely, flush with clean water, leave to drain and then return to the trailer, or store indoors.
  • Fill P traps to galley sink, bathroom wash hand basin and shower tray with antifreeze, diluted to manufacturer's instructions.
  • ! CAUTION If water is allowed to freeze in the system, serious damage to the water heater, pipework and pump will occur, and this could invalidate your manufacturers warranty.
  • Remove the leisure battery/ batteries and store indoors in a cool dry place where there is no risk of freezing. Connect the battery/ batteries to a trickle charger during the winter storage period, to keep them fully charged. ! CAUTION Removing the leisure battery may trigger the satellite tracking system, if fitted, depending on the type fitted.
  • Clean out fridge and leave fridge door wedged open to ensure circulation.
  • Leave furniture doors and lockers open to allow air to circulate fully.
  • Remove soft furnishings including seat cushions, mattress, curtains and store inside in a heated space. If this is not possible, stand the cushions/ mattress on their edges to improve circulation of air.

If you have any questions regarding winterising your Leisure Vehicle please contact our service department:

01539 624141

[email protected]