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Hi

 

We're just about to lock up our new Series 5 Oklahoma for the winter, having spent a month in France and lately a week in St Andrews. Our previous van, a Marauder 500CT, developed some damp over the many years we had it (a known fault apparently), and we're concerned that the Senator might go the same way. Should we store all the van's upholstery in the house over winter, or should it be fine in the van itself until our next outing at Easter?

 

From a miserable wet and windy West of Scotland Monday morning. ..

 

Thanks

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I have only been caravanning since the late summer of this year but my friend over the road has been caravanning for many years.

 

I got my caravan from new this year and I have took the advice from my friend and purchased a breathable caravan cover from Specialised Accessories (http://www. caravancovers. com/). This was tailor made for my Bailey Vendee caravan and fits a treat. Some people say using a cover may create condensation and mould but this is only if the material is not breathable. The cover I got is waterproof, breathable and non-abrasive and enabling the moisture from under the cover to evaporate. You also get in the cover price some extra soft material to go over the window areas.

 

My friend also advices me to get two Prem-I-air Rechargeable Mini Dehumidifier, one for the front and one for the back of the caravan. These will keep the caravan perfectly dry and are great to take away with you anyway.

 

I have been with him to the caravan and it has always been nice and dry (and warm, due to the cover insolating the caravan).

 

Hope this helps. Its not my knowledge I have passed on but what I have been given so its thanks to my mate over the road.

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If you've got the space to take the soft furnishings indoors then I would take them in side. I haven't now got the room as I've just converted my spare bedroom into an office. What I have done is bought a small de-humdifier from Homebase for £24. 99 and I'm going to use that. A cover is not really an option for me as I live right on the coast in North Devon and am exposed to the full force of the Atlantic storms; either the cover, caravan or both would, I believe, get wrecked.

 

Tim

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Hi

I too bought a small de-humidifier last year from Homebase but found that during the really cold weather (which is when i purchased it) it kept freezing up and the water would not drip into the container. On reading the instructions it did state that it was only effective down to 5 degrees. I took it back and exchanged it for a full size model that would work in colder temperatures and not allow the formation of ice on the unit. Bought it when Homebase were offering 15% off. Have it set on a timer so that it only comes on for 2 hours per day.

 

Dave.

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