Our Managing Director Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, Mr. Wuschack, has conducted an interview with the magazine NordCamper. You can look forward to an exciting interview on the topics of winter camping, winter-proof motorhomes and heating systems, among others.
What makes winter camping so fascinating?
Snow-covered landscapes, crystal clear air, pleasant tranquillity. In winter, nature shows itself from its most beautiful side. At the same time, motorhomes are the ideal leisure companion. On the one hand, they offer freedom, flexibility and thus complete independence of location; on the other hand, their comfort makes them the ideal alternative to hotel holidays. Especially skiers, tourers or hikers appreciate travelling with a motorhome in winter. The comfortable heating of the motorhomes and their perfect insulation against the cold make the stay so pleasant even in sub-zero temperatures. The large amount of space in the rear garage and in the entire double-floor cellar storage area provides all the requirements for winter sports equipment. And you can usually find parking spaces that are within direct reach of lift or cross-country ski trails.
What are the biggest concerns about winter camping?
Many certainly have respect for the more extreme external conditions such as sub-zero temperatures, snow-covered roads or darkness. Does the water in the tanks freeze? What about the vehicle's insulation? And what happens if the heating fails? But with the right motorhome and the appropriate preparation, nothing can go wrong with winter camping.
What distinguishes a motorhome suitable for winter from the standard?
Basically, a distinction is made between a winterised motorhome and a winterised motorhome. Even though both terms mean the same, it should be remembered that a winterproof motorhome meets the conditions of winter camping much better than a winterized one. At Carthago all motorhomes are absolutely winterproof. Numerous air outlets or hot water heating convectors in the double floor completely heat the so-called double floor in addition to the living space. Thus, all technical components installed there, such as water tanks, pipes and the water drainage centre, are protected against frost. The battery and electrical control centre, for example, is located in the heated scooter garage. This means that all living and technical areas are well heated. We also put an enormous amount of effort into the design and construction of the motorhome body - the shell, so to speak. The sandwich material used with a highly insulating rigid foam core, as well as the body joints that are specially protected from the cold, ensure maximum insulation against the cold. The outer and inner sides of the body are covered with aluminium. This stores the heat and transfers it evenly into the living and sleeping areas, a wall heating effect, so to speak. And the heated double floor creates a warm living room floor - the underfloor heating effect.
How important is year-round suitability to your customers?
Our customers place a particularly high value on the year-round use of their motorhome. According to our surveys, Carthago customers are on the road in and with their vehicle for an average of around 100 days a year and mainly use the low season. A good third of them swear by winter camping and prefer to spend the colder months in Scandinavia. This is where the high-quality construction and perfect heating concept of our motorhomes really come into their own.
Which heating systems or winter-related systems are particularly important?
Our heating and air conditioning system includes many technical refinements such as heat-reflecting walls, specifically heated on-board technology or heat circulation through the entire raised floor basement. This creates the best conditions for a real feel-good climate, especially in winter.
Rather gas or diesel as fuel, what do you go for?
We currently rely on gas for the most part. Gas is the main energy source for almost all on-board technology: the refrigerator, the cooker, the heating or the hot water boiler.
What do I have to watch out for with gas in winter?
The most important thing to remember is to always have full gas cylinders on board. In addition, an automatic gas switchover system is useful. This means that the system automatically switches from the first to the second reserve gas bottle. At the latest then, however, you should know where you can get gas supplies.
Can I get a good gas supply throughout Europe? Do I need adapters or the like?
Unfortunately, there are still a large number of different connection systems in Europe. Therefore, a uniform gas supply abroad is sometimes difficult. We therefore recommend that you take the two Europe sets available from specialist camping dealers with you on trips abroad: the Europe filling set with four adapters for filling gas bottles abroad and the Europe withdrawal set, which also consists of four adapters for connecting your own gas regulator to other people's gas bottles.
What do I look out for at campsites in winter?
The booked plot should be large enough to be able to clear the fresh snow around the vehicle well. It is also advisable to make sure that the sanitary facilities are not too far away from the vehicle. Even though our motorhomes offer heated outside storage rooms for wet shoes, for example, if you have more and larger equipment, you should possibly stay at a campsite with a large drying room so as not to have all the moisture in the motorhome.
Does a gas outlet outside make sense for gas supply on the campsite in winter?
In any case. This means that the supply of gas and thus the pleasant feel-good climate in the motorhome is always guaranteed and you don't have to change gas bottles or worry about buying new ones.