For many, camping is an increasingly attractive way to go on holiday in winter and thus have a bit of a change from a conventional winter holiday. Especially in the current Corona period, it is often the last chance to escape the stress of everyday life for a few days. After all, hotels, guest houses & Co. have been closed to tourists for weeks for the most part. And there is no end in sight. So off on vacation with the camper. However, there are a few things to consider and prepare so that the holiday is pleasant and without unpleasant surprises. So that you can enjoy your vacation accordingly, we have you below thirteen important tips compiled.
Camping in winter is popular
1. Find the optimal parking space
Make sure that the space where you want to park the caravan or motorhome is sufficient cleared is. In addition, you should put enough boards under the jack supports so that it does not break if the floor thaws Overturning or Sink in comes. As soon as the caravan is adequately secured, release the handbrake. If it is a mobile home, you should put in a gear here and also release the handbrake to prevent it frozen solid. Special protective covers can be used to protect the handbrake lever and the overrun device from icing over.
2. The right choice of tires
Definitely should winter tires be mounted - this applies to both the towing vehicle and the mobile home or caravan. Also make sure that the tires have a tread depth of at least 4 mm, ideally 5 mm or more, and take them to be on the safe side snow chains With. In order to get a feeling for the team, it is also advisable to take a test drive with the team - but in a remote area.
3. Good organization
If you have a specific campsite in mind, make sure you get there in good time Reservation because it is precisely those places that are well equipped and located in beautiful surroundings that are in demand and therefore often booked out very early. If you plan ahead here, you will save yourself unnecessary stress and anger later.
4. Heating and disposal of waste water
To prevent freezing, the heater should be intact and all supplies of water should be inside. If the waste water tank is not insulated or heated, you can leave the drain cock open so that the waste water flows into a bucket.
5. Laying the power cables
Here you should make sure that the cables are not in the way of the snow plow, which may be on its way to clear the paths. And even where you enter the motorhome, there should be no disturbing cables to avoid a fall. If possible, you should switch to shore power in winter. The low temperatures let the on-board battery weaken quickly.
6. An awning to protect against moisture
An awning is primarily used to protect against drifting snow. It can also be used, for example, to store sports equipment or to dry clothes - this prevents the vehicle from becoming unnecessarily damp and maybe even the windows steam up or freeze on the inside. (This removes moisture in the car)
7. Thermal hoods
If there are thermal bridges in the vehicle, these can be counteracted with thermal hoods. Attaching these hoods is easy and problem-free if you have of course bought the right sizes for the camping vehicle.
8. Clear the roof
In the event of heavy snowfall, you must regularly remove the snow from the roof so that there is no unnecessarily high load on the roof. However, if there is only a little powder snow on the roof, you can confidently leave it there, as it even contributes to better insulation. Besides, you should necessarily Make sure to clear the roof completely before starting your journey so as not to impair other road users.
9. The gas system
The gas system should only be operated using a propane / butane mixture, as this maintains its physical state even in freezing temperatures. Also rely on a two-bottle system with one Automatic switchover. Usually 11 kilograms of gas are enough for two to three days. You can prevent freezing with "EisEx".
10. Keep openings protected
The openings for loading and unloading should be protected from snow and, moreover, the roof hatch should be opened a little to the Air circulation to optimize.
11. The right vehicle
High-quality insulation, double glazing and good heating are essential - current models usually have that. In the case of a motorhome, the cold can penetrate through single glazed windows in the driver's cab. You can counteract this with the help of curtains and mats for insulation.
Anyone who goes camping in winter should never leave the right tools at home. It is important to have a hammer with which the pegs for the awning can be knocked into the ground in snow and ice. Next: a broom / hand brush, a whisk, an ice scraper and a telescopic pole to better push the snow off the roof. Also a Booster cables or Start booster for the car battery you should have it with you.
13. Clothes and accessories
You sit nice and warm in the awning if you have thought of a seat cushion, a sheepskin or a cozy blanket for the camping chairs. Thermo bottles, hot water bottles or hand warmers are also useful. Typical winter things like sturdy shoes, warm socks, hat, gloves, thick sweaters, sunglasses, maybe a hat with a brim and an umbrella can't hurt either.
Ten winter campsites:
- Camping Hopfensee, Hopfen am See in the Allgäu (Germany)
- Alpencamping Nenzing in Voralberg (Austria)
- Sportcamping Woferlgut, Bruck ad Großglocknerstrasse, Pinzgau in Salzburg (Austria)
- Schluga Camping Hermagor (Carinthia / Austria)
- Camping Residence Sägemühle, Prad am Stilfserjoch in Vinschgau (Italy)
- Experience Comfort Camping Aufenfeld, Aschau, Zillertal in Tyrol (Austria)
- Camping Münstertal in the Black Forest (Germany)
- Camping Hell, Fügen, Zillertal in Tyrol (Austria)
- Caravanpark Sexten in South Tyrol (Italy)
- Vidor Family & Wellness Resort, Pozza di Fassa in South Tyrol (Italy)
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