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Advice on MH over winter storage

Could I ask the group some advice please.
I am parking my Wildax Solaris XL up for the winter and wanted to know if I need to keep the heater set to a low temperature to stop soft furnishings getting damp and moldy.
Ive drained it all down, so I am not worried about frozen pipes, but more about the damp.
I have a Truma 4E which has a thermostat so I could set it to low and the van will be hooked up to the house for 240v
Just keen to see what others do, apart from go to sunnier climates
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Hi Nick.
Your now going to get dozens of personal experiences about storing vans for winter. But all our circumstances are different.
It's good you have mains power available.
When we kept linen in the van I always kept a dehumidifier plugged in and times for 3 hours a night. But without any linen I kept a 2kw fan heater with a frost stat plugged in which only came on for about 15 mins when the temps dropped below 4c.

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Sunnier climes

When we were working and not able to go far we still used our van at weekends for trips to the coast etc. Never had a problem with damp of any kind.
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Hi Nick, As Ray stated we all have different thoughts on heating our vehicles over winter.

We used our van throughout the year but always kept a fan heater with a frost stat plugged in to keep it warm as and when and never had a problem with dampness. We also left all cupboards and lockers slightly open.

Some others use an oil filled radiator with a separate frost stat built into the system, this also works but I thought that the fan heater spread the heat much quicker. I personally would refrain from using the Truma heater, too much to go wrong and costly to repair.

Make sure when you drain down to leave all faucets open, some people don't and end up with them being cracked, again costly to replace.

Keeping to a rigid set of rules will keep you out of trouble.

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Thank you everyone. This is really useful information.
I think i'll keep it hooked up and like the idea of the oil filled radiator.
Good advice on draining everything down. I'll double check all the systems.
I appreciate the help.
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Have never heated a caravan or motorhome whether they have been wintered in snow covered mountains or East Anglia's flat forests and fens.
They are only generally heated and dehumidified on an owners driveway which is the tiniest proportion of all vehicles. The 90%+ that are on dealers yards, storage sites, manufacturers areas, caravan sites and the myriad of other locations they are left for the winter never come to any harm.
Why, when a vehicle is parked on an owners drive, does it suddenly become susceptible to damp, apart from other nasties?
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Cos it has personal stuff in it. Stuff thats taken on trips and not necessarily removed. Plus cos it can be as it's convenient to do so.
No dealer is going to bother about an empty van they are going to pass on and unload to the next punter Ted.

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We always remove the shower head and leave the shower pipe downward draining

One year it cracked in spite of the van being drained , we assumed water had lodged in the head and frozen

We don’t use any heat although ours is on the drive with the electric connected

We often use the fridge and freezer storage over Christmas

As a rule we remove all but soft furnishings , but only if we have no intentions of using the van over winter

There are glorious winter weekends so keeping the van ready to go.....minus water......is worth a thought

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Cos it has personal stuff in it. Stuff thats taken on trips and not necessarily removed. Plus cos it can be as it's convenient to do so.
No dealer is going to bother about an empty van they are going to pass on and unload to the next punter Ted.

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Can't imagine what difference that makes?
My vehicles are always ready to go with all we need to travel except obvious things like fresh food etc!.....and milk of course!

PS. When we over wintered the van in the mountains we did leave the milk inside the open fridge.....it was routine to always freeze it in those days as we only shopped irregularly!

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Maybe Ted, your newer and probably better insulated Nexxo than our older Hobby didn't need help. But without help from the dehumidifier or fan heater we could detect cold and damp after a long winter store even under cover.

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