Winter and Spring Motorhome Survival Tips
Whilst some motorhome owners decide to park their pride and joy in storage for the duration of the colder months, there’s an ever-growing number of courageous and hardy people who use theirs all-year round.
If you’re thinking of taking a trip this winter or early spring, particularly if you own an older model, it’s essential you conduct some extra checks to ensure you avoid any winter woes.
From heating to breaks, check out our expert advice below:
Assess your heating
The first potential issue concerns the internal temperature of your motorhome. Generally speaking, it will need to be kept at a very minimum of 18 degrees to be enjoyable and safe to live in.
The warmth will depend on the efficiency of the heating system installed, along with how impressive the insulation is.
Modern motorhomes are usually warm due to the majority of the wall structure being made of insulation, but cab windows are a major source of heat loss. In order to address this, it’s best to use thermal screen covers as well as investing in other accessories like heaters.
A powerful, effective heating system in a well-insulated motorhome should keep the interior at an enjoyable, comfortable living temperature, but it’s essential to check your heating system regularly throughout the winter months, particularly before making a long trip.
Batteries and brakes
From a base vehicle perspective, it’s well worth checking out a few important items in advance. Ensuring that your coolant has an adequate strength of antifreeze is well worth your time.
Getting your brake fluid checked is also hugely important due to the fact that it’s hygroscopic. The water droplets merge and, because water is heavier than brake fluid, it sinks to the lowest part of your system.
Through heavy and extended braking, this water will then boil due to the massive heat energy achieved by the brakes. The water can then freeze in the wheel cylinders during the ice- cold months in winter and stop the brakes completely, in the worst-case scenario; so don't skip this vital step!
Starter batteries come under the highest load during ice cold weather, so it’s also vital to get yours tested too. Starter batteries can regularly battle on for 10 years or so, but, after that period they can fail quickly, particularly when the temperature drops.
Tyres are an absolute must to be considered during the winter season and you should be checking for cuts, bulges and incorrect pressure on regular occasions.
Do you really need winter tyres? Probably not if you're remaining in the UK. However, if you’re planning on travelling to Europe, it could be a legal requirement that you have winter-specific or four-season tyres fitted, along with carrying snow chains by law. Ensure you do your research if this happens to be the case!