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Message posted by Lin M on 22/10/2018 at 12:12pm
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Advice please for winter caravanning! After being spring/summer and autumn caravanners for years, we are thinking about winter caravanning. Ideas for any special equipment, and helpful suggestions would be appreciated

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Just the same as summer, all you need is a very cold frosty morning, early bowl of porridge and a cuppa then off for a bike ride or walk. A good heater is a must, our van has the Alde system, very warm, and just use a bit more gas if not on EHU and the power of the winter sun to charge the battery up. I also cover the water container a with an old thick blanket to stop the water freezing.




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If the temperature drops below 8 degrees celcius it is recommended to attach some fridge vent covers to the existing external vents to avoid the fridge from over-cooling.
The water barrel will also need to be insulated if the temperature drops to freezing point which can either be covered with an old duvet cover or a designated aquaroll insulation bag. Remember that the pipe to the housing will also need to be insulated too in which foam pipe insulation from any DIY store should do the job effectively.

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Only thing I can think of, as our caravan is laid up until spring, is to use propane gas rather than butane, as butane doesn't work at low temperatures. Propane will work to well below freezing point.

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Hi

Nothing wrong with caravaning in the winter.




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Be prepared for trees across the road brought down by gales, take a shovel to clear the pitch of snow to get the caravan in and put the awning up, you also need some good steel rock pegs for the frozen ground. Have had to deal with heavy snow on the A9 Scotland and the M42.

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lack of daylight hours means you spent more time in the van.. if you dont have a hook up with electricity you will use a lot more gas..

be careful you dont get snowed in but this does depend on where you go.. keep an eye on the weather forcast act accordingly..

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Keep to near the motorways/major roads. we went away specifically for "the beast from the east" and were fine, using the precautions as stated above, near Southampton so motorways all the way.

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Quote: Originally posted by trog100 on 22/10/2018
lack of daylight hours means you spent more time in the van.. if you dont have a hook up with electricity you will use a lot more gas..


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That's why I use a Safefill refillable cylinder, before that a 13kg propane.

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Many parts of the UK are unsuitable for winter caravanning, and weather patterns can change dramatically in a matter of hours. Coinciding with end of stay/campsite closing, it could be hazardous to be forced onto the roads in snowy/icy conditions.
In the event a n accident in those conditions, I doubt the police would be sympathetic to anyone towing a caravan.
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it also helps if you have a suitable four wheel drive tow vehicle.. most front wheel drive only vehicles will get stuck on wet grass never mind snow..

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If towing a caravan on snow or ice, is it any safer with a 4x4 than a conventional FWD vehicle? During our Malverns Christmastime break, when the weather changed suddenly and it snowed heavily, then the icing up started, we could not imagine more miserable conditions.
I wrapped a blanket around the aquaroll and enclosed it in its carry bag, and wrapped the pipe from pump into van, but that still froze. Then the one water tap kept available at the amenity block also froze, and campers were having to take jugs of hot water from the sinks to thaw the tap. Other taps in the block were marked as not for drinking. There was nowhere to go without risk of falling on the ice. For us, that was the last winter camping we ever did.
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Quote: Originally posted by Ray Clayton on 22/10/2018
Hi

Nothing wrong with caravaning in the winter.




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You are absolutely right, there is nothing wrong with caravanning in the winter provided you take suitable precautions, but it's personal choice whether you wish to indulge. For us though, we go for pleasure not punishment.

Sooner be tucked up snug and warm at home.

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In winter sites are often quite with plenty of room.




Then you get some very heavy rain, time to evacuate to higher ground, you then get a better view of the river!!!




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"In winter sites are quiet often with plenty of room."
I wonder why?
Bertie.

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As others have said, insulate the water barrel and take a full bottle of propane gas and cold won't be a problem for you. The gas heater in our old caravan has temperature settings 1 to 10, about 15 minutes on number 4 when it was close to freezing outside was enough to make the inside of the van like a sauna. If your van has central heating it should be even better.

Be prepared though for howling winds or driving rain, both of which can be loud enough around a caravan to keep you awake at night!

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