Tips & tricks Motorhomes
Stay safe on the road in winter
To ensure you don’t get caught out in icy and snowy conditions, there are several things you should keep in mind:
- Winter tyres are a “must” during the cold months of the year.
- Always go easy on the accelerator, steering wheel and brakes on slippery roads, because even assistive technologies such as electronic stability control have their limits.
- Always maintain sufficient distance to the vehicle ahead. Only by doing so will you have enough time to react in an emergency.
- Particular care should be taken on bridges, roads through dense forest, and shaded, north-facing surfaces – frost and black ice may be lurking there.
- Slow down whenever visibility is poor. A rule of thumb, if you can’t see beyond 50 metres, don’t drive faster than 50 km/h (30 mph).
- Your motto should always be “see and be seen”. Switch on your lights before you need to and keep headlights, indicators and sidelights free of snow and dirt.
- Put on snow chains in due time – before you start your trip, take time to practice putting them on and removing them while under no time pressure.
How can I make my motorhome ready for winter?
Glittering snow and enchanting winter landscapes are best enjoyed in a warm and cosy motorhome. However, to make your winter fairytale come true you need to do some preparation. Here are the most important tips for getting your vehicle in top condition for the winter.
- Put special winter gear in your vehicle (see checklist on the right).
- Load the vehicle carefully. It is important to keep in mind that the load on the front axle, which is usually the drive axle, should not be lightened by having too much weight in the rear; otherwise, you will lose traction.
- Before you set off, clear snow from all windows, mirrors and headlights. Don’t forget the roof: snow and ice that suddenly breaks loose from your roof can endanger others.
- Get to your camping space in due time – if possible while there is still daylight. Book your campsite sufficiently in advance.
- If you can avoid it, do not park your motorhome under trees covered with snow. If snow and ice are dislodged, roof fans can be damaged.
- Driving the vehicle onto chocks or boards protects the tyres from freezing to the ground.
- Always keep forced ventilation for the vehicle and gas systems clear; remove snow under the vehicle if necessary.
- Keep the exhaust gas flue of the gas heating free of snow and ice.
- Route power cables in such a way that they cannot freeze to surfaces or be damaged when removing snow.
- Avoid introducing moisture into the interior; knock snow off clothing outside the vehicle. Briefly air out the interior by opening all doors and Windows in the morning and after cooking.
- Leave the heating and warm water boiler switched on; otherwise, frost damage or automatic draining may occur.
And then sit back and watch the driving snow with a cosy cup of tea.