Have you drained down your boiler and fresh water tank yet?

wildebus

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Chris; do you have a link for the "frost stat" heater so that you can pass it on to @wildebus ?
This morning I have drained the Water Boiler and opened the Fresh Tank drain, plus put the taps half-open (this is following advice from previous owner and if that process worked for him for last decade, should be good for me :p )

I might fit a temp sensor to the water tank so I can know what kind of temperature we are looking at. That can be linked to the Monitoring system and send an email if it goes below a selected value so I can take any action I need to (y)
Below is an alarm I setup using the Battery Temp Sensor as an example.
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Caz

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Not yet, been meaning to do it for weeks.
Might get round to it today, we did have one night a wee bit frosty last week but not that cold and it has warmed up since. My tanks are on board.
 

Wooie1958

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No, but it`s at the side between the house and a 6ft wooden fence so it`s quite protected however, i will before winter sets in proper.
 

Millie Master

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Talking of removing batteries, I had totally forgotten to remove the battery from my quartz TagHeur watch which I seldome used. A couple of months back I decided to get it out and wear it, found it wasn't working, popped along to a specialist to have a new battery fitted only to be told that the watch was totally stuffed as the battery had leaked! Oh bugger £1200 quids worth down the drain!
 

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I’m belt and braces, so drained after our last trip out but also leave a little heater to keep the temperature above about 4 degrees, which is remotely monitored in the house. We generally use the van all year round, but it takes well under an hour to refill, so drain after every trip when it’s likely to be below zero.
 

Molly 3

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I drain mine down after every trip to be honest... it's not a chore to top it up again when I'm heading off. There's rarely much water left in the fresh tank by the time I come home anyway, so it's mainly the boiler. I did the winter thing last week - taps left open, pump off, low-wattage heater on thermostat, cushions away from the walls, etc. We were -3 for a couple of nights here last week but it's warmed up nicely again now.
I do the same to stop stail water in the tank
 

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Talking of removing batteries, I had totally forgotten to remove the battery from my quartz TagHeur watch which I seldome used. A couple of months back I decided to get it out and wear it, found it wasn't working, popped along to a specialist to have a new battery fitted only to be told that the watch was totally stuffed as the battery had leaked! Oh bugger £1200 quids worth down the drain!
Sorry to hear this.
Thats modern technology for you.
A couple of week’s ago I decided to wear my Dad’s watch again Just to be sure it still works.
Its a gold Tissot watch. Requires no batteries. It’s wind up.
Presented to him for 25 years service by the company he worked for and inscribed on the back.
The year was 1979.
After 41 years it still works fine.

And yes, I drained the water tank.
 

tonybvi

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I drain mine down after just about every trip, even in Summer just to keep the system as clean as possible. Having said which I’ve just refilled it again (a quick 5 minute job) as we’re heading off to Ballater for a couple of nights - lucky us in level 2 in Scotland are allowed to do this (at present!)
 

Peter51

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I did mine yesterday. My trips this winter will only be for a couple of nights so I just take my own water in a container and forego water consuming washes! Mind you I only have a wee campervan.
 

Lefty

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That means that you have no water from the sink either? In this sitution, do you carry a separate water container to fill kettle or whatever and heat any water for washing in the kettle?
I guess this is probably all obvious, but not had a Motorhome so trying to work out what is sensible to do as going to start hitting zero fairly soon, but I am wanting/hoping to use the Motorhome over the wintertime?
 

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I guess this is probably all obvious, but not had a Motorhome so trying to work out what is sensible to do as going to start hitting zero fairly soon, but I am wanting/hoping to use the Motorhome over the wintertime?
The way I look at it is that just takes a few minutes to stick some water in the tank before I head off. Far more hassle to replace pipes and - heaven forbid - the boiler because of freezing.
 
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Millie Master

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I suppose we could all invest in one of those old parafin burners that people used to put under their engines in years gone by to stop them freezing up!
 

Nosmo king

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I remember when we had really cold winters, we don’t have then now, my Hymer has all the tanks internal, but I still dump ALL the water, better safe than sorry, I also use one of them 360 degree absorption units, works well
 

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I drain my van every time I get home from any trip, Summer or Winter. Only takes minutes just open the fresh water tank dump valve open all the taps and run the pump for a few minutes and then leave the taps open. I do not have a hot water tank as my water heater is Diesel so no stored hot water just instantaneous hot water from heat Exchanger, there is water storage tank in the system but this is for the heat exchangers and has anti freeze in it. It only takes minutes to refill my water tank each time I leave home on my next trip. SIMPLES.
 

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Our fresh water is inside and we just drain the grey water when we return home. Have to use the van regularly despite lockdown, as running back and forward to Kent for both our vulnerable mums. Too far and too much driving for me to do one day so stop for however long it takes. So we keep the van ready to go at short notice even in the winter. No hot water and heating is diesel so easy to deal with.
 
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