Vw Camper Restoration | Winterising your Vw Camper Van
Brrrrrr! You might have already noticed but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas out there as temps plummet into single figures this week. Not really great camping weather really is it? (Ok Syncro boys we know you love it but we prefer the more subtle approach to the great outdoors!)
One of the big questions this time of year for Vw Camper Sales and Vw Camper Restoration companies is how you can you prepare your Vw Camper van for winter?
We like to think we are the sharing sort so here’s our top tips for helping your Vw Camper van survive the winter.
- Check your fluids: Sounds basic but lets get these covered off and start as we mean to go on. Oil, window washer tanks, radiator if you have one, break fluids. ANTIFREEZE…..say no more.
- Oil: Ensure you have a good weight winter oil, give us a call to discuss your engine and the best solution.
- Drain: Drain any holding tanks and add a cup of antifreeze to stop pipes expanding and cracking. Put a note under your visor to remind you to flush before you use it again.
- Rug up: If you are using your van to sleep in make sure you have a hearty supply of blankets and sleeping bags pre loaded for those extra cold nights.
- Cover yourself: Van covers are readily available from a host of suppliers. There is some discussion over the affect these can have on your paint work and the results are varied. Some people have reported a loss of shine where the cover has been hung while others report bubbling paint. Personally I have no issues with using one although I have ensured that the van is clean, heavily polished and stays dry for the most part of the winter.
- Rinse: After heavy road salting and use a good coat of winter polish to keep the rain off.
- Waxing: Vw Camper restoration and maintenance can be dirty work but we are not talking about sack, back, and crack here! Under body Wax treatment are a fantastic way of protecting the underneath of your van from the elements. Firstly remove all the dirt and detritus form the undercarriage with a pressure washer then use a wire brush to get any surface rust off. Next carefully apply the wax with a spray/lance avoiding breaks of course We recommend Wurth products as they are self healing and reseal in the event of the wax surface being scratched, but there are other brands are on the market. Of course we would be happy to undertake this service for you here at Morecambe & Wize Sales LTD.
- PSI. In extreme weather it may be worth letting out a bit of air in your tyres to get the best grip on the roads. The tyre should display a low PSI guide on the side. Just remember to inflate again.
- Be prepared: A shovel, torch, water, warm clothing, tow rope, ice scrapers, can of de-icer and basic road safety triangle should be carried at all times
- Moisture traps: If you are storing you Vw Camper over winter be sure to throw a few of these around the inside of your van. Readily available on ebay or pop into your local caravan and morothome center who should be able to kit you out.
- Finally the the best advice we can give is to get out there and use it! Keeping things moving Nothing compares to the smell of an air cooled engine on a cold morning. In fact one of mine always drove better when it was below freezing!
Ok, well while our list certainly isn’t exhaustive we hope our Vw Camper Restoration article on winterising your Vw Camper gives you some pointers to keep going till the sun comes out again. Feel free to contact us with your suggestions on how to keep you Vw Camper alive in winter. For Vw Campers for sale in Essex please visit our for sales page here.