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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 24-11-2021, 17:33 Thread Starter
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Time to drain down

If you've not already done it.


For newbies open all taps midway so you are draining the hot and cold pipes, for the shower lay the head on the floor, maybe put an old towel to stop it spraying, open the water heater drain valve, open the waste tank if it's not full and turn on the pump, stay with it until it all stops running maybe 20 minutes or more, leave all taps as is, turn off the pump, turn off the control panel, put the van on EHU if you can and have it plugged into a timer so it comes on for a couple of hours a day if you have a smart charger plug that in and charge the starter battery as well on the same timer as the EHU, I plug mine into one of the vans 240v socket so it all works together.

I leave my blinds open and also all the locker doors, and all cushions on edge, I inspect every two weeks or so.

Use an anti-bacterial spray on surfaces as even fingerprints can go mouldy if left.


If possible take it for a spin for at least20 miles about once a month if possible so the brakes don't lock on and also it frees up the clutch, stop tyres squaring, and get oil around the engine etc, it needs to get hot enough so the heater blows at full temp or you create condensation inside the engine.


I'm sure I've forgotten something else.
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The bit about the breaks locking on Kev, does that apply if you donīt have the hand brake on, but leave it in gear?
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Most brake discs and drums are cast iron which rust very easily, leaving the handbrake off on level ground and in gear won't do any harm. But the flywheel will likely be cast iron too so can also rust but less likely as its hidden away from the wind and rain, nowt you can do. Take it for run now and then is the best thing.
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Take it for run now and then is the best thing.

That's what we do every other week, give it a good look over then a trundle. Get the heater blasting out hot air too.
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Using our VW Tiguan as a proxy [it has an oil temperature gauge], the engine reaches operating temperature after about 10 miles in Autumn, so a 20 mile trip in the motorhome should get the engine thoroughly warmed through and also give a chance for the vehicle battery to get a decent charge, bearing in mind the load from heater motor, indicator operation, headlights etc, especially if the M/Home battery is past its first flush of youth.


The wee circuit we use contains about 6 miles or so of dual carriageway to allow a drive at a decent speed, and is about 25 miles round trip. It's done once each week, to avoid any problems with vehicle battery voltage drops.


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If you've not already done it.


For newbies open all taps midway so you are draining the hot and cold pipes, for the shower lay the head on the floor, maybe put an old towel to stop it spraying, open the water heater drain valve, open the waste tank if it's not full and turn on the pump, stay with it until it all stops running maybe 20 minutes or more, leave all taps as is, turn off the pump, turn off the control panel, put the van on EHU if you can and have it plugged into a timer so it comes on for a couple of hours a day if you have a smart charger plug that in and charge the starter battery as well on the same timer as the EHU, I plug mine into one of the vans 240v socket so it all works together.

I leave my blinds open and also all the locker doors, and all cushions on edge, I inspect every two weeks or so.

Use an anti-bacterial spray on surfaces as even fingerprints can go mouldy if left.

If possible take it for a spin for at least20 miles about once a month if possible so the brakes don't lock on and also it frees up the clutch, stop tyres squaring, and get oil around the engine etc, it needs to get hot enough so the heater blows at full temp or you create condensation inside the engine.


I'm sure I've forgotten something else.

Some very good advice there Kev.

In all of my 17yrs with a Motorhome Iíve never once thought about putting the shower head on the floor when draining down. Brilliant, thanks for that.
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Most brake discs and drums are cast iron which rust very easily, leaving the handbrake off on level ground and in gear won't do any harm. But the flywheel will likely be cast iron too so can also rust but less likely as its hidden away from the wind and rain, nowt you can do. Take it for run now and then is the best thing.
Surely the best thing you can do is still use it to go away throughout winter? Regular winter trips every 2-3 weeks will keep things in ship shape and it's a great time of year to do some touring.

Good and timely advice to newbies though Kev. Nice one.

I drain down when the weather threatens zero degrees and around here, we are not near that yet. I cant recall putting the pump on though as ours drains down just by opening the taps and the water release valve.

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Other than draining of water what about removing food stuffs that contain water, bottles and canned drinks, they can also freeze and when they thaw out make a terrible mess.

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Some very good advice there Kev.

In all of my 17yrs with a Motorhome Iíve never once thought about putting the shower head on the floor when draining down. Brilliant, thanks for that.
I do it because water can sit in the loop, it might not be a problem as any ice forming can expand along the pipe, but my mind says just do it and be sure.

Leaving taps open is also a belt n braces approach.
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We leave cans of food in the van if we have plans to go away in winter, any sauces etc we take out, bottled water can stay in as we often put them in the freezer to help bring the temperature down and never had one burst, we don't take canned or bottled drinks anyway so it didn't occur to me to mention those, my bad as they say.
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