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Winter Storage, heating

Hi,
I have a Tribute 670 which is sitting on the driveway. I have drained the water tanks as much as possible although some remains in the fresh water tank. The boiler has automatically drained itself.
My question is "Do you use some form of internal heating other than the vans own heating to prevent damp, freezing tanks etc?"
I am currently using a cheap fan heater connected to the 230 volts hook up via a thermostatically controlled plug. This keeps interior temp above 5 degrees. I don't want to use the vans own heating system as a friend has got through 5 heating elements in the past 4 winters.
Just wondering what other do.
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We empty it of everything, bedding ect

Then we leave it

Water drained , no heating

All cuboards left open

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Personally I think you are doing it right. We did the same but with a 2kw. fan heater that had a frost stat and came on only for about 15 mins when the temps dropped below 4 or 5c.


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I leave all windows on the sneck, or trickle-vent or whatever you call it. But no heating.

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Maybe take the van for a drive with water tank drain open to try to drop the remaining water?
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In the years we have been here, very cold winter's, has been minus 23°c. at times, 4 caravans 1 Motorhome and we have never left heat on in winter.
The 2 older vans the upholstery was moved away from the wall of the caravan.
Lockers and cupboards left open and there are enough ventilation vents to keep the air moving. Never had any dampness or mildew in upholstery or anywhere else. As they have always stood outside of our house we are able to check regularly.
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Same as Jan definitely no heating.
Had various caravan winter seasonal pitches over many years in Europe and never a problem.

Started with a single glazed early Sprite but had to change for a proper caravan with plastic double glazing!
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All heat does is enable the air that’s present to absorb more water, once the air cools the water condenses out again!

Like others I have never used heating over the winter and certainly never a de-humidifier, but I always ensure decent levels of ventilation.

As for the water system, drain everything down, open all the taps (midway between hot and cold) after a few hours close all the taps and THEN blow into the shower feed hose until you feel minimal “back pressure” that shows you have blown all of the water out of the boiler and pipe work.

A small volume of water (lurking in a pipe bend etc) will freeze much quicker than a large volume, so it’s important to ensure the pipe work is totally empty.

There is a gadget you can buy (isn’t there always?) that does the same as you blowing into the shower hose. I think it’s called “Floe” something. I just rely on my (free) lung power.

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Andy,

I do much the same except for two things:
1) I don’t bother blowing into the shower head - any small amount of water left in the pipes can freeze without damage AS LONG AS you . . .
2) Leave ALL OF THE TAPS OPEN in the mid position (Your guidance closes them after after a few hours except for the shower?).

Freezing water in pipes expands - when it runs out of space to do so, something has to give. Leaving the taps open ensures adequate expansion room. This method has worked for me on caravans/Motorhomes for over twenty years.


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