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#1 michele1950

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:14 PM

New to caravans,any tips for winterizing would be helpful please

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:20 PM


Best tip........
Use it all winter and you don't have to bother!

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:28 PM

Are we looking at a static caravan or a touring caravan? Not certain from your heading.

For a static caravan remember to strip your beds and if possible put matresses on their sides. Leave all cupboard doors open to help ventilation. Buy those moisture catches (oblong plastic boxes with crystals it the upper half) Good idea to have a dehumidifier for the first couple of weekends at the start of next season. We made the mistake of leaving bedding on beds and came back to blue mold in the beds. Dehumidifiers (Argos are very good) worked wonders. Some people leave saucers of salt to absorb moisture.

If a static, your site owner should have a service for winterizing your caravan (draining down etc) well worth paying the fee for them to do it.

Good luck. We wish you well.

Edited by Lindatows, 09 September 2012 - 03:33 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:31 PM

Are we looking at a static caravan or a touring caravan? Not certain from your heading.

It's a static caravan

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:39 PM

Turn off water stop cock.
Drain all water down - leaving drain cocks open - keep safe inside caravan (marked /labelled if necessary). *
Turn off all gas bottles and gas stop cocks. (Switch off /isolate individual gas appliances if appropriate - e.g. those with pilot lights).
Clean fridge and leave door(s) ajar.
Close all curtains to minimise UV bleaching of furniture.
Ensure all ventilators are not obstructed.
Switch off mains at isolator (often outside).

* if gas central heating via radiators and plastic piping this should be filled with antifreeze solution - don't drain that down!!! (perhaps check it's the correct solution strength).

The site will sometimes disconnect the cold water feed and/or switch off 'services' at the end of season anyway.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

http://www.fir-view....ic_caravan.html

As it says...................So to avoid this heart ache here is our fool proof guide to Winterising your Static Caravan:

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 05:57 PM

Do you mean winterising as in "lock it up and leave it til Spring" or "making it more comfortable for all year round use"

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 05:57 PM

Just another thought - do not leave anything like cereals, rice, tea bags or food of any description which might attract mice. Good tip about leaving the fridge door ajar (you will find it full of black gunge if you leave it closed). Your Park owner and neighbours will be full of usefull tips too. We made some fantastic friends whilst we had our static. We still have our tourer and visited old static Park friends just this week. Really miss those wonderful people.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:35 PM

old trick salt buckets not to many as this will draw out moisture on the wood work.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 09:53 PM

Thanks for the great tips everybody,very helpful




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