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userOAL Moderator
Posted: 18 November 2011 12:12 PM
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Do you use your motorhome all year round?
userpelmetman
Posted: 18 November 2011 12:36 PM
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Posted: 18 November 2011 4:41 PM
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userRayjsj
Posted: 18 November 2011 4:43 PM
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Certainly ! we will be 'away' for Christmas ! visiting the 'Kids' who live Nr. Birmingham. Staying on a CC club site Nr. There. Electric hook-up for the Oil-filled Radiator and Christmas Lights.
Christmas Dinner Booked at a local Hostelry ! Sorted !

Shame how the C Club put up their pitch fees for Christmas though. Ray
usercolin
Posted: 18 November 2011 7:31 PM
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Sort of!
Van gets used for days out, we may go away for couple of weekends, but would rather be somewhere hot.
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Posted: 18 November 2011 9:32 PM
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Yes in it now just turned the Alde heating down before bed.

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Posted: 21 November 2011 12:19 PM
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Why wouldn't you?
userrupert123
Posted: 21 November 2011 1:04 PM
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No chance, last time we will use ours 5 December up to York for a few days. Skiing in January and March and M/H not really great for an extended period skiing so will lay up until April.
userPJay
Posted: 21 November 2011 3:46 PM
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No we don't. Prefer the hotter climate of the Canaries for our winter break,.

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Posted: 21 November 2011 8:45 PM
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Posted: 23 November 2011 10:14 AM
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Certainly will for weekends away.......brilliant time of year for some nice photography and besides we've got to make justify the cost of our new fan heater and oil free radiator ....
userChloe MMM
Posted: 23 November 2011 3:33 PM
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Hi all, the question was meant to be:

Do you use your motorhome all year round? If so, what are your top winter tips?
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Posted: 23 November 2011 3:53 PM
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Chloe MMM - 2011-11-23 3:33 PM

Hi all, the question was meant to be:

Do you use your motorhome all year round? If so, what are your top winter tips?


Ah that's different then.....my top tips:

Make sure you take nice warm/waterproof clothes....a good quality layer system so you can enjoy the outdoors whilst keeping warm.

Suitable and effective heating for those cold nights in your home on wheels.

In the depths of winter keep the MH warm to stave off those frozen pipes. A bit more gas/elektrickery/diesel (depending on your heating source) usage is cheaper than fixing burst pipes/leaks.

A good quality screen cover.......gives insulation and privacy for the interior with the onset of early darkness.

and there must be loads more.....

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Posted: 23 November 2011 3:57 PM
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Chloe MMM - 2011-11-23 4:33 PM Hi all, the question was meant to be: Do you use your motorhome all year round? If so, what are your top winter tips?

1) Decent 'silver screens'

2)All water pipes run internally and an internal Water tank

3) a spare 13kg gas cylinder preferably the red stuff

4) fluffy slippers

5) no carpet but a good mat

6) stay out of the mud and only use hard standings

7) motorhome abroad

userBarryd999
Posted: 23 November 2011 4:31 PM
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Oh yes! Last winter when it got down to -18 we spent three weeks in the Lake District. On the plus side hardly anybody else bothered or should I say attempted to go there so you could park where you liked and we wilded a lot of the time. On the downside we were snowed in for 5 days at Hawkshead and on the 5th day we decided to go for it and get to windermere on the scooter. Left it too late coming back in the dark and the slushy stuff froze solid and we crashed the bike on the ice.

Top tips for winter then are

Dont ride anything on two wheels when its sub zero

DO make sure your pipes are not frozen with water still in them the day before you leave which then take three days of warmth to thaw out (including Christmas day) before Mrs D can have a shower!

Take a 20 litre plastic water carrier with tap in case you dont follow the rule above

Do take your shower head off when its freezing and the van is not in use so you dont have to stick it back together like I did when it cracks and falls to bits

Make sure you have a Mrs D type person who is light and agile so you can send her up on the roof to clean the snow off the dome / dish so you can watch Christmas Telly

Dont eat the yellow snow


Attached is a pic of Mrs D before I nearly killed her (Waiting for the windermere ferry)

Yep that is ice either side of the ferry lane right across the whole lake. Both Windermere and Thirlmere were completely frozen.
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userTony Jones
Posted: 24 November 2011 10:26 PM
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Oops! Double post.

Edited by Tony Jones 2011-11-24 10:27 PM
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Posted: 24 November 2011 10:27 PM
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Whenever we can!

Make sure you've got plenty of gas - and diesel if your heater runs on it!
Off to Bury St Eds tomorrow, where we'll be staying overnight in the car park for the Christmas Market Saturday.
userDavid Dwight
Posted: 1 December 2011 9:24 PM
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Yes just had a super weekend away with our club, full christmas dinner for 19 of us, everyone cooked something ready for the meal at 3pm. The meal lasted nearly 3 hours, four courses.

Then 18 of us are away for the new year.

Whats the point of spending all that money just to have it sitting on the drive.



user1footinthegrave
Posted: 2 December 2011 5:48 AM
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Yes, because it's our "car" as well.
userKeith T
Posted: 5 December 2011 5:28 PM
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Yes, whenever we can....
tips - ensure all systems working Ok
keep heating on 24/7, at a low level. It's far easier to cool down than warm up!
External cab screens - in our case plus internal blinds
Take wellie boots - we find them earier than ordinary walking boots,eepcially on ice and in deep snow.

The only thing which troubled us last year was that we were unable to clean the windscreen for several miles along the M25 - the screen liqid had frozen and the spray from other vehciles wasnt quite wet enough!

However, it's also fair to say that if possible, we also like to get away for some warmth, but that is getting just too expensive with thecontinual increase in APD...might look for a last minute offer after Christmas thiough - there still seems to be quite a few around!
userrupert123
Posted: 8 December 2011 1:01 PM
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Top tip. Lay it up until about April and go skiing, not in van, or fly somewhere warm.
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Posted: 19 March 2012 4:03 PM
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My top tip - go as far south as you need to. This year we were sunbathing in Morocco while Europe froze!

Julie
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userfairweather camper
Posted: 20 March 2012 11:46 AM
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Posted: 4 April 2012 8:27 PM
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http://s394.photobucket.com/albums/pp23/malarth/TO%20PORTUGAL%201/?action=view¤t=PORTUGAL1011.jpg  Sure do.
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Posted: 24 May 2012 12:27 AM
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Yep. We go to away football matches in it. Usually stay overnight on the services coming home so have to remember to take the hot water bottles.
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Posted: 2 August 2012 7:13 PM
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Yes when it's snowed in on the drive!
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Posted: 10 August 2012 8:27 PM
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looking at the replies the question was slightly ambigous. I suspect what was intended was do you use your motorhome for vacation trips in winter time but many have assumed that day trips thereby using it as a transport to activities and night halt, also count. So, using it to visit relatives and sleeping on the drive has been included. I see little diffrence to driving in a car and staying in the guest room.

Looking at the question the way I think it was intended, I would say the main objection to winter motorhoming, or caravanning for that matter is the shortness of the days. When daylight starts about 9.30 am and is dark by 3 pm then there is not a lot of time to do many things and you end up spending the majority of each day inside, which is not the true reason to have either motorhome or caravan. Even heading south to the Med still means short days and unless you are having a 'party time' each night with a crowd, then it is back to watching tv or whatever, the same as you do at home.

I do not say do not do it, but it is different from summer, and you need to be aware of that.
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Posted: 10 August 2012 8:40 PM
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I know all about the problems of winter 'Vanning on the Med.
Empty Aires
Reduced rates on Campings
No Crowding
Temperatures no better than a British Spring day
Parking beside the beach without the attention of a jobsworth
etc
etc

userpelmetman
Posted: 10 August 2012 9:04 PM
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Retread24800 - 2012-08-10 8:40 PM

I know all about the problems of winter 'Vanning on the Med.
Empty Aires
Reduced rates on Campings
No Crowding
Temperatures no better than a British Spring day
Parking beside the beach without the attention of a jobsworth
etc
etc



Ditto .......................Once spent Christmas at Dulverton .....................Now discovered winter sun .....

PS.... you forgot most of the Aires are free in winter

Edited by pelmetman 2012-08-10 9:06 PM
userLobster
Posted: 18 August 2012 10:51 AM
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Yes, well for the last three winters anyway.

Top tip. Be somewhere south of the alps!

Chris
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