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Message posted by tamglasgow06/9/2021 at 9:22am
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Hi all,

planning to use van over the winter months so looking for any tips that you have.
E.g What do you use in toilet to stop flush water freezing?

Any comments at all most welcome to help us (Former) fairweather caravanners.

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never had a problem with that happening and we have been out in -15 degrees, just make sure that your gas is the red bottle (propane) and that you bring in your water pump on a night, fill the kettle before hand and have a bottle of water inside if you dont have an internal tank

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Message posted by birder9906/9/2021 at 10:22am
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If it is going to be very cold you need to consider the possibility of the waste water tank freezing. Trying to get a very large block of ice out of a wastemaster can be entertaining (more so than trying to put up an awning for the first time). I use a large plastic box with a removable lid that I think was originally an under-bed storage box. When the water freezes it is possible to then tip out a large ice cube.

Keep your heating on all the time to stop internal pipes from freezing - it happens quicker than you realise.

Have a suitable place to put wet or muddy outside shoes and never bring them into the caravan or you will forever be worrying about carpets etc.

Consider under carpet heat mats as they use very little power but they keep your feet nice and cosy.

If it going to be snow weather ensure you keep an airflow under the caravan to enable the ventilation and gas appliances to function safely.

If you have an awing and snow is forecast try dropping the front poles to create a slope that the snow will slide off and also consider a set of winter storm poles.

There are many more other things to take into account but in practice it is down to you thinking about what you need to do before an issue develops.

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We had a Walker Snow and Fun Porch awning with additional roof supports to support the weight of snow. It is rock solid.
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If you are anticipating a frozen toilet then I don't think that I would risk sitting on it!
The only things you need worrying about are having propane gas, snow on the awning, keeping ventilation points clear and waste water.
Otherwise just enjoy yourselves.
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MH might be different, but we have covers that clip over the 2 fridge vents; in theory they go on when itís below 10 deg. In practice they go on when we notice the cold draft coming in.
Not a huge choice of sites open over winter.
Towing may be a problem in bad weather but maybe youíre planning on laying up somewhere for several weeks. I canít recommend going too far north except to a city - even here in Ayrshire, in the depths of winter, itís not light until 10 am & goes dark after 3 pm: itís a short day if you want to go walking, for example, but ok for museums or winter light displays like Edinburgh Botanics has.

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Message posted by navver06/9/2021 at 7:36pm
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Aquaroll might be a problem frozen. You can get an insulated jacket for it. Also get some pipe lagging to slide over the pump hose.

Alternatively buy a jerrycan with tap and keep indoors.

Message posted by iank0107/9/2021 at 8:50am
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Quote: Originally posted by tamglasgow on 06/9/2021
Hi all,

planning to use van over the winter months so looking for any tips that you have.
E.g What do you use in toilet to stop flush water freezing?

Any comments at all most welcome to help us (Former) fairweather caravanners.



We lived in our caravan through two bad winters. No need to worry about flush water as heat in caravan will keep water liquid however when putting back into storage make doubly sure flush tank is drained, how water boiler drained and all water removed from caravan.
In addition to some excellent suggestions in previous posts. Remove the filter as this will hold water, freeze and then crack. We have never had a filter in our caravan for the past 16 years.   The first you know about it is when caravan floods on your next outing.   
Insulate aquaroll and pump as very important. We had the water in the waste master freeze solid so empty it at night or do as we did and add a bit of toilet blue as for some reason that stops it freezing. We found that less than 1/2 cup was sufficient to stop it freezing.
Be prepared to continue your stay beyond your booked time if you have a heavy snowfall and be prepared to leave the caravan on site until snow clears. Twice that has happened to us.
One year coming back from a CL no snow anywhere and I hit black ice and the 4x4 went into a skid whiplashing the caravan, the 4x4 regained traction, but caravan still on black ice jerking 4x4 around. Caravan rear end caught a branch on a tree scratching rear end.
Christmas in the caravan on a site is really great and you will find that the site is probably full to the brim with most people displaying lights and even Christmas trees outside their caravan. We use a small porch awning in the winter as easier to dry than our Magnum awning and we have the Xmas tree up on a table. Wed are away on a CL for this Christmas, but we check the weather first for snow as that can create problems. otherwise enjoy your winter caravanning.
BTW the suggestion for the under carpet heating is probably one of the best suggestions as heat rises to keep you nice and warm.

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Tam, we spent 10 Christmas's and New Years on the trot at the Glenmore site when it was owned by the Forestry Commission.
It was great fun and even back then, the site was busy. You'll have the heating on 24/7 so no problems keeping the loo liquid fluid.
I have a pic from back then, showing a huge white mound beside the caravan, it was the car completely covered in snow. Great memories!

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Message posted by Chalkie045613/9/2021 at 4:34pm
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How about a fish tank heater popped in the aquaroll and insulate the pump and tank.


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While camping, you must keep the RV pipes from freezing. Emptying your tanks on a regular basis will keep them from freezing. Install space heaters, keep an eye on the temperature of your RV, or wrap your pipes in thermal tape.


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