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Davida

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Hi , I am knew to the world of owning a static caravan and would like a little advice. I own a 2016 Willerby Winchester that is sited in Yorkshire. The site is open all year but is not residential. We intend to use the van throughout the winter with frequent visits . Up to Christmas we will be going every week for a few days. My question is would anyone have any recommendations for any winter precautions as we will not be winterising and locking up for a few months.

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Other people and the site managers will be able to advise on anything specific to your site.

 

A few things here 

 

As a minimum when away from the static in winter/colder weather when it is likely to get down to freezing:

1. Keep the heating on set on the room thermostat at about 10°C or higher if your insurance specifies a value..

2. If central heating make sure the anti freeze in the radiators is strong enough to prevent freezing.

3. Turn off the water supply at the outside stop tap - this should be done anyway when not there so if there is a leak the static is not flooded.

 

An adequate drain down might be possible by disconnecting the water supply pipe where it comes out of the ground at a stop tap under the static and then opening all the taps. Then if it does freeze expensive things like the boiler and taps should be drained but possibly not all the plastic piping underneath which is easy/cheap to fix. Flush the cisterns so they are empty and put salt or anti freeze in the toilets to lower the freezing point. Disconnect any shower hoses.

 

You can also check any piping underneath is insulated. 

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Check your insurance, it probably has specific requirements about how many consecutive hours  you can be away for in winter without carrying out a full drain-down.  They all vary, so if the one you have does not suit your plans - look for one that does.

 

 

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Thanks for your help

 

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