Winter camping with motorhome and caravan
Winter is no longer an obstacle to camping. Better insulation, better air or water-based, often remote controlled heating systems, and winter-open campsites make camping a year-round business. But winter also requires some preparation so that surprises will not spoil the camping pleasure
We let caravans in caravans on Beitostølen, and a trip on winter roads with motorhomes, talk about the possibilities that modern camping vehicles can offer, even when the nights get long, the cold sets in, and the snow covers both roads and fields under its white carpet. But some tips can still be good to take on the winter roads.
When the caravan or motorhome is to be parked for a shorter or longer period, everything that can be frozen must be removed. All water tanks and pipes must be emptied. Batteries that are overcharged will stay near whatever the outside temperature is, they will be discharged, freeze the battery pack, release the acid and cause major damage. Therefore, batteries need to be disconnected or on maintenance charge. So off the main switch and put plugs in all taps so that small rodents can't find the way in. Open cupboard doors and bed benches so air can circulate throughout the carriage and condensation does not occur anywhere. The refrigerator should be open and turned off so that mold formation does not occur. For a motorhome that will "overwinter" one should change to new oil, as old oil can contain acids that corrode bearings and linings. An alternative might be to have a so-called "frost guard", that is, connected heaters that turn on automatically when the temperature drops below 5 degrees. But it must come in addition to, and not in place of, the advice given here.
Good tires, either with or without spikes, are important to be able to drive safely on wintry days. Slightly greater safety distances are included. On the next pages you will find cases about both caravan drivers and long-distance motorhome trips.
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