PREPARING YOUR MOTORHOME FOR WINTER CAMPING
Categories: Tips & Tricks, Van, Motorhome
Published: 26.11.2021

The cold season is fast approaching and this year's travel season is drawing to a close. Unless, of course, you decide to take your Malibu out for new adventures in winter. Snow-covered landscapes, crystal-clear air and pleasant tranquillity - in winter, nature shows its best side. Above all, skiers, tourers and hikers appreciate camping in winter. But here too there are important tips and tricks that you should always bear in mind when winter camping.

You can set off in your Malibu motorhome during the winter. We have listed everything that you need to do before your tour in colder outside temperatures below:

  • Check the heating, the boiler and the fan in good time before setting off.
  • Check the condition of the spark plugs. It is best to replace them in sets.
  • Check the operation of the lighting, including the parking lights.
  • Check that all of the technical test stickers (TÜV, AU, Gas) are still valid.
  • Check the fill levels in the engine compartment.
  • Top up the engine and windscreen antifreeze, the oil and the brake fluid.
  • Use windscreen antifreeze that is suitable up to at least minus 25 degrees.
  • Lubricate the supports with salt water-resistant winch grease.
  • Seal the wheel arches and parts of the frame with underbody wax.
  • Wash your vehicle, seal it and let it dry properly. 
  • Replace the windscreen wiper blades.
  • Check the starter battery and the on-board battery. If a white coating is visible on the terminals, clean the terminals and coat them with terminal grease. Check that the screw contacts are firmly seated. Even with wet cell batteries that are supposed to be maintenance-free, be sure to check the electrolyte level and top up with distilled water if necessary.

What you should always take with you in winter:

  • Torch and starter cables
  • Snow chains
  • Snow shovel and brush
  • Spare bulbs
  • Wooden boards to prevent the supports and tyres from sinking in during thaw periods
  • Ice scraper, de-icer spray for door locks
  • Warm work gloves
  • Coarse sand or salt as a traction aid 
  • Ladder for clearing snow and ice from the roof