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Post by Fatima on Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:46 am

Having read the forum I have decided against any sort of fabric cover for my Nuevo but would welcome advice on suitable products to give a protective coating over the winter which will make it easier to wash off the green coating on the roof in the spring. Also what is best to get off the green stuff which is already there!!?
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Post by Paulmold on Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:37 pm

Never tried it but Fenwicks do an 'overwintering' exterior protector. Claims to repel dirt, algae and black streaks.

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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:38 pm

The best protection any time is a wax polish designed for use on GRP. There are plenty on the market most being intended for use on boat hulls. There are some threads on the forum discussing polishes and cleaners.

I use several Fenwick products but haven't tried the one that Paul mentions.

I find a good quality Micro cloth and warm water as effective as anything for the roof but I do clean it 3 or 4 times a year.

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Post by nuevoboy on Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:25 pm

I was chatting to one of Fenwick's agents at the NEC and he recommended using the overwintering product if you are not going to be using the van and it's laid up for any time.

However, he said that if the van is going to be used, then don't use a wax polish, but simply wash the van down with their motorhome or caravan cleaner when you get back from each of your travels.
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Post by anders4 on Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:03 pm

I bought a Protec cover for my 08 Nuevo ES at the NEC this Autumn and spent all afternoon cleaning the roof and rest of van today.  I haven't polished it yet (due to time constraints), and will be away for a week so plan to cover it while I'm away and will polish it with Autoglym when weather permits on my return.  I bought the Protec as they say their covers have a protective lining and will not scratch the bodywork, so here's hoping.

I have also drained the water systems but still have to drain the water pump (and probably remove the filters. I have seen details somewhere but can't remember where) :-(

A friend suggested filling the tank full with diesel while it's laid up to avoid condensation forming in the void over the winter and polluting the fuel which seemed reasonable so popped into Tesco and topped up when out for a 10 minute drive to dry off the van a bit after washing.

One thing I have noticed is that my control unit only seems to charge one battery and I have to select the other every week when it falls to about 12.5V. I leave the van powered up and will set the electric heater on a very low setting during cold weather.  I will also put on my Silverscreen windscreen cover before putting on the Protec, and with the heater on low am hoping that I avoid any frost or damp related problems over the winter.  Interested in what anyone else is doing or any advice, Thanks.

PS I am a newbie to motorhoming, just at the end of my first season so still on a big learning curve


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Post by oldfred on Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:53 pm

Having caravanned summer and winter for 30+ years and motorhomed for the last two years I always thought these homes were like my house and didn't need special treatment over winter (apart from draining the water when it was icy). I clean my cars and motorhome with rainwater from a butt (probably acid rain but I don't measure the pH). Occasionally I use a car 'detergent' in the water. I do keep the motorhome in the drive close to the house so perhaps this keeps it from getting too cold or dirty.scratch head
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Post by Peter Brown on Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:04 pm

My neighbour covered his caravan last winter, left it hooked up and accidentally left the charger on. The charger developed a fault and boiled the battery. The cover prevented the gas venting out and it was the engineer he'd called to a 'gas leak' who identified the source of the smell - a lucky outcome.

I believe it would be risky to operate any device in the van if the ventilation is blocked by a cover.

If you are not using the van I suggest charging each battery for 6 - 8 hrs once a fortnight. How you do this depends on the type of Power Supply installation in your van.

It is very common for people to use 500w oil filled electric radiators to keep frost and damp at bay. They are safe and their use prevents 'ageing' of the heating elements in the vans installation.

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Post by anders4 on Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:50 pm

Thanks for your advice Peter, I'll have a rethink on what to do.

Regards,

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