How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storage

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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby rubberrat » 07 Nov 2014 21:57

Richard and I have Karossers with all manner of stuff on the roof, two roof racks, a solar Panel, Heiki roof light and an ariel in my case, so if we throw a cover on we get two nice big paddling pools.
I do stand it slightly off centre without the cover, but with a cover on, no amount of angle would fix it.
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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby zildjian » 07 Nov 2014 22:07

I did look at even standing an airbag/jack I bought years ago centrally on roof and just inflate it beneath cover once a week over winter, but its bound to get forgotten and the rooftop pool find its way in through roof as a deluge.
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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby zildjian » 07 Nov 2014 22:16

martinjdover wrote:There's a simple way to stop water pooling on the roof. Don't keep the camper level and put it at a slight crossfall both sideways and forwards to let the water run off - simples!

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ah missed your post here,

No what it is, the roof has a faux luggage rack running around the perimeter, inside that two skylights couple of solar panels,
folding sat dish,
everything I've tried so far to 'tent' a cover over this roof furniture always left it at lowest outside edge prone to slump back within the rack which
acts perfectly as an impromptu pool wall and you end up with a puddle down either long side of the campers roof just waiting to use its volume to find a way in!

better I suspect to leave it all off and let the rainwater just run away (as you say) slightly forward tilted to ensure it runs off
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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby martinjdover » 07 Nov 2014 23:05

Ummm, mines not so much a problem as I don't have the perimeter rails. I too have roof lights solar panels etc but even with a cover on as long as I tip her forwards and sideways a bit - its only lowering one jack by a couple of inches and raising the diagonally opposite one to take the weight again. The cover doesn't pool at all.

This post has made me remember to empty my water tank - yes even down here on the south coast it does get cold occassionally!

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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby FinAde » 08 Nov 2014 21:41

With the discussions on water pooling when using tarpaulins....we checked our roof today after the recent downpours.
This is what we found :o

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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby zildjian » 08 Nov 2014 21:55

Blimey and I thought mine was bad,
that must've been a welcome site after all your hard work :shock:
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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby FinAde » 08 Nov 2014 22:01

We did wonder why the tarp was tight and we couldn't adjust it. Submersible pump sorted the pond!
All the hard work is virtually finished, back on its legs now.
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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby zildjian » 10 Nov 2014 23:06

OK so,
drained the fresh water tank/left taps open,
emptied flush tank & emptied cassette,
re-siliconed widow frames (tops)

you didn't mention the awning BTW, should we unroll and inspect for leaves etc and I think I might try and seal it up afterwards against weather
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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby rubberrat » 10 Nov 2014 23:30

Good call. if its rolled away wet them mould will grow and its tough to shift.
Roll it out, clean it and let it dry properly.
Roll away. Pallet wrap should make a good winter seal.
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Re: How to prepare your Demountable Camper for Winter Storag

Postby Madmountainman » 12 Jul 2015 20:02

rubberrat wrote:
If you have Alde ‘wet’ heating then this may need attention as some of the feed pipes run close to the access hatch and could freeze. I keep my camper at home so instead of draining down I run the heating on low if it’s likely to be below freezing for a few days. If your camper is stored in a storage facility, then drain it down.

If you plan to run the heating, this is a good time to check the water level..

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Top up above the MIN mark if low.

If you need to drain down, locate the dump valve in the service hatch.

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As i'm new to this, forgive any questions already covered. Do I take it that the Alde Hot Water Dump Valve just dumps the fresh water in its' system, leaving the central heating fluid, which contains glycol, inside, ready for use still? I don't want to go pushing/pulling any levers until i'm sure of what the outcome will be. If that's the case, is there also a priming process you have to go through to get the hot water up and running again?
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