Over the past few weeks we have started to notice temperatures dropping, the days getting shorter and a fair amount of rainfall. For many motorhome owners this means that the motorhome season has come to an end, however this doesn’t have to be the case! Even though traveling during winter can sometimes be a bit more difficult than during summer there are still some benefits, such as the fact that there are fewer people on the roads and campsites are generally much cheaper.
Going away during autumn and winter also means that you can experience some rare adventures such as seeing the Northern Lights or going skiing across the UK and Europe. However, even if you are a seasoned motorhomer you still need to make sure you stay safe during winter and here we show you how:
1) Perform a Full Vehicle Check
One of the best ways to keep you and your motorhome safe during winter is to regularly perform full vehicle checks. You need to be able to rely on your motorhome during all your journeys, however when you are driving in adverse weather this is especially important as the last thing you want is to break down in the middle of a snowstorm! Furthermore, your motorhome will require different levels of coolant and potentially even certain oil during the winter months, so before you head off anywhere make sure you perform a thorough check of your vehicle.
Along with checking under the hood it’s important to take the time to look over your motorhome’s tyres. This is for three reasons: firstly, it is illegal for your tyres not to have an appropriate amount of tread; secondly, because it means that you will have more grip on the road; and thirdly, so that they are prepared to take on snow chains should you need them. Don’t forget that keeping your tyres in good condition can also help you save money on fuel, so take the time to keep them in tip top condition!
2) Be Prepared for all Types of Weather
Even if you are traveling in the UK during winter you can experience a myriad of weather types including sleet, snow, hail and (occasionally) sunshine. Along with keeping your motorhome well-maintained it is therefore essential that you pack accordingly and prepare yourself should the worst happen. For example, temperatures can drop drastically once a strong wind picks up or at night, which is why you should stock your motorhome with extra jumpers, coats, gloves and hats.
Footwear is something that you should pay special attention to as certain types are illegal to drive in yet essential during the winter months. If you are planning on hiking during your journeys then you will probably want to keep your feet warm with a nice pair of wellington boots, however these are completely inappropriate to drive in as you won’t be able to feel the pedals. This is why you should always keep a pair of sensible driving shoes such as trainers in your motorhome for both you and anyone else who may be taking a turn driving on your holiday!
3) Carry out a Habitation Check
Along with checking your motorhome is safe for the road and packing sensibly it is also important that your motorhome is fit for you to stay in during your journeys. This means ensuring that all heating systems are working properly as well as checking for damp on a regular basis. Damp is one of those things that you need to catch early otherwise it can cause a huge amount of damage which will need to be claimed on your motorhome insurance, and sleeping in a motorhome with damp can also be bad for your breathing.
It may sound obvious but you should also check your leisure batteries and gas levels before heading off as finding yourself without gas or electricity on a cold winter night can be extremely dangerous! It may also be wise to bring spares during winter just in case you run out quicker than you predicted.
Keeping safe in your motorhome during winter is mostly down to common sense: keep in mind all the different weathers and terrains you will encounter and then pack accordingly. The saying goes it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and when you’re in your motorhome this is especially true!