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Preparing your horsebox for winter ...

Preparing your horsebox for winter ...

Follow these simple steps to ensure that winter for you and your horsebox is hassle free!

Check your vehicle...

 

ANTIFREEZE 

  • Regularly check the coolant level, and if required top it up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze, ask a garage to check the concentration to ensure adequate protection against cold temperatures.

 

BATTERY 

  • Batteries are the most common cause of breakdowns over winter. If your vehicle battery is more than 5 years old it may struggle during the winter months. It is a good idea to get it checked and replaced if required before the winter months. This will avoid the inconvenience of any unplanned failures! 

 

FUEL

  • Always ensure you have at least a quarter of a tank of fuel, in case of any unexpected delays.

 

LIGHTS

  • You should clean and check all the lights on your vehicle regularly. It is imperative that you can see and be seen at all times. It is a good idea to carry spare bulbs in your vehicle. 

 

TYRES

  • The tread depth on your tyres should be at least 3mm for driving in the winter. It is recomended that you check the pressures at least once every fortnight. 

 

WINDSCREEN 

  • It is importatnt to keep both the outside and inside of your windscreen clean. This will reduce dazzle and glare from the low sun during the darker afternoons and evenings. It would also be advisable to replace any worn and inefficient wiper blades before the winter weather sets in. 

 

SCREEN WASH

  • Good quality screenwash will reduced the chance of freezing in icey weather. 

 

LOCKS AND DOOR SEALS

  • A simple trick to stop doors freezing shut is to apply a thin coat of Vaseline on rubber door seals. Furniture polish will have the same effect. Using some WD-40 in locks will help to stop them from freezing. 

 

Useful items to take with you on all journeys.. 

  • Blankets and extra coats for warmth if you have a problem.
  • Fully charged mobile phone as well as an in-car charger.
  • Road atlas - in case of no phone signal and travel disruption. 
  • Shovel 
  • Ice scraper and de-icer 
  • Torch with batteries 
  • Extra screenwash

 

Care and maintenance of your HGV horsebox over winter... 

 

Larger vehicles, especially those fitted with living accomodation, need special preparation for the winter months:

 

1. Completely drain the water system:

  • Some have taps or bungs outside. Older horseboxes should be emptied by the pump and some modern ones have a simple switch or lever to completely drain the tank. Don’t forget to drain your waste tank.

 

2. Drain your water heater:

  • You may need to read your handbook for this as there are many different types. It is important that it is completely empty. It’s important to leave all taps in the ”on” position

 

3. Remove any inline water filters:

  • Wet filters can freeze and may damage your system, start the new season with a new filter.

 

4. Empty the toilet:

  • Drain and clean the toilet tank. Not only will this prevent it from freezing, it will also be more pleasant to come back to than a full toilet tank. 

 

5. Fully charge batteries:

  • Better still remove it to somewhere warm and dry hooked up to an intelligent battery conditioner. Check the electrolyte levels in lead-acid batteries and top up if necessary.

 

6. Turn gas bottles off:

  • Better still remove the bottle and store it somewhere safe. Turn all of the gas control valves off.

 

7. Keep the refrigerator door open:

  • It does not have to be open much, but do not leave it closed or the smell and growth that occurs in three months will astound you!

 

8. Thoroughly clean Food Cupboards:

  • The end of the season for your horsebox tends to be around the same time that mice come in from the fields looking for somewhere warm and cosy. It’s difficult to stop them getting in, but do not invite them to stay by leaving them a food source such as a bag of pasta, rice or cornflakes will encourage them to stay for the winter!

 

9. Check the roll out awnings:

  • Ensuring that they are fully dry before leaving them rolled up for the winter.

 

10. Check Tyre Pressures:

  • Pump tyres to the maximum pressure rating as stated in your handbook or on the tyre wall. Consider covering the tyres to keep out the harmful UV rays.

 

11. Dry Cell Batteries:

  • Remove batteries from wall clocks, smoke alarms and detectors etc.

 

12. Clean horse area thoroughly:

  • Do not leave any waste or bedding in the horse area over winter. Rotting manure will damage the floor.

 

13. Periodic Checks throughout the winter:

  • At least once a month have a quick check of tyre pressures and all the levels such as brake and clutch fluid along with the engine coolant, if all is well start the engine, and let it come up to temperature.  Ideally take it for a spin, if not do try and move it a little so that it is not sat all winter on the same bit of tyre rubber. 

 If you need any help preparing your vehicle for winter, please don't hestiate to call us for advice on 01423 325 800. 

1.       Completely drain the water system.

Some have taps or bungs outside. Older motorhomes should be emptied by the pump and some modern ones have a simple switch or lever to completely drain the tank. Don’t forget to drain tour waste tank.

2.       Drain your water heater.

You may need to read your handbook for this as there are many different types. It is important that it is completely empty. It’s important to leave all taps in the ”on” position

3.       Remove any inline water filters.

Wet filters can freeze and may damage your system, start the new season with a new filter.

4.       Empty the toilet.

Drain and clean the toilet tank. Not only will this prevent it from freezing, it will also be more pleasant to come back to than a full toilet tank.

5.       Fully charge batteries.

Better still remove it to somewhere warm and dry hooked up to an intelligent battery conditioner. Check the electrolyte levels in lead-acid batteries and top up if necessary.

6.       Turn gas bottles off.

Better still remove the bottle and store it somewhere safe. Turn all of the gas control valves off

7.       Keep the refrigerator door open.

It does not have to be open much, but do not leave it closed or the smell and growth that occurs in three months will astound you!

8.       Thoroughly clean Food Cupboards.

Motorhomes get laid up at about the same time that mice come in from the fields looking for somewhere warm and cosy. It’s difficult to stop them getting in, but do not invite them to stay by leaving them a food source such as a bag of pasta, rice or cornflakes will encourage them to stay for the winter!

9.       Check the roll out awnings

Ensuring that they are fully dry before leaving them rolled up for the winter.

10.   Check Tyre Pressures

Pump tyres to the maximum pressure rating as stated in your handbook or on the tyre wall. Consider covering the tyres to keep out the harmful UV rays.

11.   Dry Cell Batteries.

Remove batteries from wall clocks, smoke alarms and detectors etc

12.   Clean horse area thoroughly

Do not leave any waste or bedding in the horse area over winter. Rotting manure will damage the

13.   Periodic Checks throughout the winter.

At least once a month have a quick check of tyre pressures and all the levels such as brake and clutch fluid along with the engine coolant, if all is well start the engine, and let it come up to temperature.  Ideally take it for a spin, if not do try and move it a little so that it is not sat all winter on the same bit of tyre rubber.

 

For more advice please contact your dealer, Lehel-By-Alexanders 01423 325 800

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