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Old 15-11-2011, 08:21
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*PREPARING YOUR CARAVAN FOR WINTER *
Hi all. I have been thinking that to make it easier to find all the information in one thread, I would try to compile a kind of 'checklist' of "to - do's" for us, especially those of us closing our caravans for winter for the first time. I am listing no technical advice for obvious reasons.

I would urge you ALL to check your insurance (*Winter Cover Dates*) and site stipulations as a matter of urgency, as we are now approaching the 'closed season'... If you do not follow these rules, any claim will be void
Here we go...

WATER SUPPLY ~
It's probably a good idea to start getting used to turning OFF your water supply each time you leave now we are approaching October (some sites insist turning off all year round so check your rules!)

FURNISHINGS (sofa's etc) Move all fixed seating cushions away from the outer walls. As the temperature changes condensation will
form, and you could get mildew on your seating.

MATTRESSES ~ Stand up on edge. (Leave memory foam mattresses flat, but clear area around it) This again is to let air circulate around
them, and prevent mildew.

CURTAINS/NETS/BLINDS ~ Some prefer to remove over winter to wash, or I personally would remove as they too can retain condensation if they come into contact with moisture, so mildew may form on them, and may also develop around edges/corners of rooms...

We are advised to leave curtains OPEN over the closed season, this should let any unwanted visitors know, that there is nothing valuable left inside.

CUPBOARDS ~
Wipe with anti bacteria spray, (spills and crumbs etc) and leave empty and open to allow air to circulate.

WARDROBES ~
Empty, clean, and leave open, again to allow air to circulate.

QUILTS/PILLOWS/CUSHIONS ~
I made sure they were all aired well first, then put them ALL into vacuum sealed bags (available from around 1.99 Home Bargains!). These bags prevent moisture from getting into the 'stuffing' and therefore no mildew can form. ~ I used a mixture of cheap bags and more expensive one's ~ ALL of which worked perfectly and did not lose their seal over the closed season. (When we released the air in the spring, they did not smell musty, but as fresh as the day we sealed them up )

FOOD ~
Remove all food, crumbs etc as we don't want to provide food for mice etc.

CLEANING PRODUCTS ~
Remove pressurised containers.

SALT ~
Place bowls of salt (HALF FULL or they could overflow with water) around the caravan, one in each bedroom, and a couple in the lounge, dining area, kitchen etc to absorb any moisture. Some people said they used cat litter which was reported to be good as well. Home Bargains/Factory Shop also sell plastic containers with a type of silicone gel
inside for 'dehumidifying' for around 1 each.

RUGS ~
Lift from floor roll up and stand it on end. Again to prevent mildew forming.

VENTILATION - On your last day try to air the caravan as much as you can, (it will help if you cook as little as possible, and if you shower, air well and dry the walls down.
Upon leaving make sure no air vents are blocked. Leave all internal doors, and cupboard doors open to allow air to circulate.

Lubricate door hinges and window locks with a dab of petroleum jelly to ensure they open smoothly when you return.

MINI-DRAIN DOWN ADVICE ~(early and late season stays)
1- Isolate water supply
2 - Remove drain off points below van
3 - Remove drain plug located on water control valve on Morco Boiler.
4 - Open up all taps
5 - Place Anti-Freeze in waste in sinks and shower
6 - Remove lid on cistern, and add sufficient Anti-Freeze. Then flush, this will add antifreeze into the toilet bowl and also any water that is in the rim of the toilet and pipework to the toilet.


SITE DRAINDOWN ~
It is recommended that you have a qualified plumber/OR book your site to carry out your DRAINDOWN. Some insurance policies state that this must be done by a qualified person.
However... A few of us carried out our own. As every caravan is different, different steps must be taken to protect your caravan from freezing up. As the we all have different caravans, it would be a very long post!

The cost of 'DRAINDOWN' varies from site to site, prices from around 50 have been quoted by our members, this usually includes 'Drain-up' in the Spring.
As mentioned, some members prefer to do their own, especially if they are still using the caravan over the winter months, but CHECK YOUR INSURANCE POLICY as some state it has to be carried out by a qualified person.
Some members have been caught out by sudden severe weather conditions in the past ..
So READ UP NOW!

Below I have added some links I have found that cover issues regarding
Central Heating Systems etc....
For any Technical questions please ask our QUALIFIED
MEMBERS IN THIS THREAD
ONLY to keep it all in one place

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http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread...highlight=floe
http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread...raining+winter
Winter Issues
Central Heating - Anti freeze
Turning off water between visits
Central Heating - Frost setting
Caravan Frozen up
Draining toilet cistern
http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1803
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Old 15-11-2011, 08:32
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Hi guys, this 'sticky' has been temporarily unavailable for a few days. Whilst an attempt was being made at 'merging' other posts that were related to this subject the other posts were accidentally lost.
Please feel free to add any posts again relating to discussing closing for winter, (particularly members with CH queries)

Please bear in mind this thread is ON TOPIC ONLY for obvious reasons

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[QUOTE=Angela B;38764]*PREPARING YOUR CARAVAN FOR WINTER ...*
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> QUILTS/PILLOWS/CUSHIONS ~ I made sure they were all aired
> well first, then
> put them ALL into vaccuum sealed bags (available from around 1.99 Home
> Bargains!).
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Ang - this may sound thick but when I looked at Home Bargains and put in vacuum sealed bags it said 'computer said no' or at least something like it.

Is the actual product name different or is there a particular category | should look under

Ta muchly ma'am

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Old 15-11-2011, 11:47
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Hi Val,
I'll find a link for you and anyone else wishing to source them

BRB!
Angie
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Right, I rang my local Home Bargains store for you, as I couldn't find them online either

They are called ~
Under bed storage bags. (pack of two) The product code is 77307.
I think they are part of the 'Lakeland Brand' but not definite (they are expensive there)

They sold different sizes/brands last Autumn, I bought some of each, as long as you are careful when sealing them, they seal perfectly, just be patient with them .
You might only be able to buy them 'instore' if they are not on the website Val.

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You are a font of all knowledge Madam Ang.

Thank you for saving me hours of frustration, swearing and general hair pulling

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Rubble sacks! with a tumble dryer sheet and then completely sealed up...

( better than the horrible vacuum bags i bought last year!!)

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What a brilliant idea! But how big were the tumble dryer sheets as I can't see one of those hanky sized things mopping up much moisture?

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What a brilliant idea! But how big were the tumble dryer sheets as I can't see one of those hanky sized things mopping up much moisture?

the sheet's probably to make it 'smell nice'
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the sheet's probably to make it 'smell nice'
EXACTLY Angela.


put the quilts and sheets in them, use as many bags as you like. squash the air out of them and pop a tumble dryer sheet in to keep them smelling fresh... this keeps the items dry and fresh as the bags are really thick....just something i learned this season from someone on site x

i used some vacuum bags last year and they were pants!! some came open while others wouldnt close properly so i ended up putting the whole thing in wheelie bin liners last year but they weren't that thick!
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