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Helen
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Packing away for winter ?

Post by Helen on Sun 16 Sep 2012, 7:38 pm

Is there anything you do that you can pass on to other Dandy Owners when your packing your Dandy away over winter - for those who don't winter camp.

First thing I can think of is to make sure there is no water left in the pipes that could freeze, we do this by turning the pump off and then turn the tap to an open position and blow through the tap - we do this every time we use the Dandy just so there's no water left in the pipe or pump. If you have a Destiny with en-suite make sure you empty not only the cassette but also the flush ...... a friend of mine had his freeze over winter affraid

Perhaps you use bowls of salt to absorb moisture or the type of things with granules that do the same thing.

We don't pack our Dandy away for winter but we do leave the cheap dehumidifier boxes that you get from large stores inside .... they smell nice as well as absorb moisture.
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Caz1960

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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Caz1960 on Sun 16 Sep 2012, 7:53 pm

I take off and out all the curtains and covers all fabric to freshen up and keep from feeding the mould also have salt placed on paper as there are allot of slugs ( damp area )
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Tow Itch on Wed 19 Sep 2012, 10:24 pm

If any of you buy the water absorbing crystals that then drip into a catch tray then I suggest you place the whole lot into a plastic bowl.
I had these crystals but the tray spilled.
The resulting solution doesn't do a right lot for your carpet!
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by ShaunJUK on Wed 19 Sep 2012, 10:41 pm

Pack away!!! Never, I'm addicted.

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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by mike on Thu 20 Sep 2012, 2:39 pm

ShaunJUK wrote:Pack away!!! Never, I'm addicted.


We said you looked like you may have a thing for pvc affraid
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John

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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by John on Thu 20 Sep 2012, 4:07 pm

Tray of cat litter
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Cazz on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 9:02 pm

ShaunJUK wrote:Pack away!!! Never, I'm addicted.


And us. lol! We've another star party booked for October, and hopefully some 95p per night trips thanks to the Mirror vouchers saved by our friend up the road.
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by The Admiral on Fri 12 Oct 2012, 6:36 pm

I can't remember if it was on here or the 'other' forum but I seem to remember someone recommending a ultra sonic pest repellent to discourage little furry friends from moving in to your camper over the winter. Try as I might I can't the thread again, can anyone remember what it was?
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by mike on Fri 12 Oct 2012, 6:48 pm

The Admiral wrote:I can't remember if it was on here or the 'other' forum but I seem to remember someone recommending a ultra sonic pest repellent to discourage little furry friends from moving in to your camper over the winter. Try as I might I can't the thread again, can anyone remember what it was?

If you have mains i would think they may help.

mike
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by The Admiral on Fri 12 Oct 2012, 6:51 pm

mike wrote:
The Admiral wrote:I can't remember if it was on here or the 'other' forum but I seem to remember someone recommending a ultra sonic pest repellent to discourage little furry friends from moving in to your camper over the winter. Try as I might I can't the thread again, can anyone remember what it was?

If you have mains i would think they may help.

mike

I'm sure the one I'm thinking off ran off batteries!
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Caz1960 on Sun 14 Oct 2012, 11:34 am

The Admiral wrote:
mike wrote:
The Admiral wrote:I can't remember if it was on here or the 'other' forum but I seem to remember someone recommending a ultra sonic pest repellent to discourage little furry friends from moving in to your camper over the winter. Try as I might I can't the thread again, can anyone remember what it was?

If you have mains i would think they may help.

mike

I'm sure the one I'm thinking off ran off batteries!

yes you can get some to run off batteries as long as they last but for me they give me a migraine as it seams that I have the HEARING of a mouse ( no comments from the cheep seats )
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Helen
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Helen on Tue 30 Oct 2012, 7:31 am

Anyone with a leisure battery should top it up over winter or if it's not getting used ..... we've had a battery die because we failed to do this Neutral
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Helen
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Helen on Wed 12 Dec 2012, 6:33 am

We brought the leisure battery's in yesterday to check them, one was flat and the other almost so we've charged them overnight. In these temperatures we would use EHU but prefer not to during the summer and rely on them so like to make sure that when we do need them they will be good to go. Don't forget that you also need to top them up with de-ionised water too.

We also move the Dandy from time to time to try to avoid flat spots on the tyres, we have some axle stands that we forgot about but found in the garage yesterday so will be using them again

It may be a bit late to mention it but if you have a Destiny en-suite make sure that you've drained the loo system thoroughly including the flush to avoid problems with freezing.
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Helen
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Helen on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 5:20 pm

John had to brush the snow off the Dandy cover today as we were worried about the weight of it on top Shocked
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by mike on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 5:24 pm

Helen wrote:John had to brush the snow off the Dandy cover today as we were worried about the weight of it on top Shocked

Just done the same today,roll on camping
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Helen on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 5:35 pm

It seems such a long time ago where we sat outside the dandy in t-shirts with the bbq going Crying or Very sad
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by jake001 on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 7:25 pm

Helen wrote:It seems such a long time ago where we sat outside the dandy in t-shirts with the bbq going Crying or Very sad

Which year was that

I've got the urge, but it's just too cold, I'd love to know just what I've left inside as I seem to be missing some favourite tools. Did No 1 son "borrow" them or are they in the Dandy scratch only an erection can solve the problem Very Happy

I've also persuaded myself that the door-fold rivets need replacing so I can't wait for the snow to melt to get to work bounce
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Helen
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Helen on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 7:32 pm

We've got that longing too, I'd like to know what's in the dandy Twisted Evil

we may have a weekend away even if it is a wet one Smile
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Helen
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Re: Packing away for winter ?

Post by Helen on Sat 19 Oct 2013, 10:44 am

It's that time of year again and some will be packing away for winter soon Crying or Very sad you don't have to though, you can camp all year in your Dandy's if you want

If you know of any tips for packing away for the winter please add to this thread

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