Caravan Christmas

Stuck for ideas of what to get your dad?

Need a last-minute gift that is going to blow them away?


Here at Bristol Caravans’, we have come up with five quick, easy ideas to solve your Christmas Shopping quarrels. Already finished your Christmas Shopping? Then download this blog as a PDF for your fellow caravaners next Birthday or Event.


Awning Accessories:

Spruce up your awning with FIAMMA’s adaptable accessories.

  • The LED Kit provides a strip (with customisable length) which can be fitted to either the outside or inside of your awning. The perfect solution to brighten up your evenings! You can arrange for us to fit in time for your next adventure.


  • Know someone who obsesses over organisation? Make packing easy with FIAMMA’s Storage Bags. Coming in both small and large sizes you can keep you Motorhome or Caravan tidy all year round. These storage bags are the ideal functional and useful gift.


  • Looking for a secret Santa gift? FIAMMA has the ultimate solution with their Awning Repair Kit. A simple yet fitting stocking filler.


Modified Chopping Board:

Does your kitchenette have a big enough worktop to make your favourite meals? Get a bespoke chopping board, made to fit over the sink of your Caravan or Motorhome. Not only will you have more workspace, but it would be a unique, personalised gift.

Decide the material, size, and engraving to make it extra special!


Magazine Subscription:

On holiday is when we get the time to sit back, relax, and read! Purchase your touring enthusiast a magazine subscription to magazines such as,

  • Practical Caravan
  • The Caravan & Motorhome Club
  • Caravan Dream Destinations

“Did you know?”

If you are a member of Amazon Prime, using their function ‘First Reads’ allows one free book or magazine per month! You can also subscribe and download magazines for free onto your kindle.



Similarly, there are many

Themed Travel Books:

Want to find some new sites to visit? Find a new active hobby?

There are plenty of books and journals discussing

  • Secret escapes
  • Coastal Stays
  • ‘What to do’ when touring

A gift that inspires you to get ready for your next adventure and plan the ultimate itinerary.

It would also be a good idea to gift book on bike routes, where to paddle-board, and scenic walking routes. It is always exciting finding a new place and exploring what it has to offer!


Hamper Ideas:

Want to really treat someone this year?

Put together a fun and useful hamper for their Motorhome or Caravan. You can make it themed and include things such as,

  • Cleaning Products
  • Maintenance Sprays (We recommend SAS)
  • Electrical Accessories
  • Pet Essentials

Whatever you think your happy camper would appreciate most.













Five ALDE Heating Top Tips

ALDE Heating System

  1. What is ALDE Heating & How does it work?

The ALDE Heating system for Caravans and Motorhomes works in a similar way to your central heating at home. The system heats a transfer liquid, which is pumped through convectors and pipes then back to the boiler.

The ALDE Heating system is very efficient, and only uses 1 amp when in operation!

The convectors are placed in an optimal position all along the walls of your leisure vehicle, providing an ideal barrier against the cold. As heat is pumped around the vehicle, hot air rises creating a circulation of heat throughout. Once risen, the air cools causing a process called self-convection.

All program settings can be made from the control panel, latest versions of the control panel also enable connectivity to your smart phone via an app. Using these tools allows for daytime and night-time programming.


  1. What is the ALDE system fluid?

ALDE use a specific type of glycol fluid in the system, which is similar to antifreeze. As the glycol fluid ages it becomes less effective. If not changed at the correct interval, your system could be at risk of permanent damage. The damage is usually to internal components, when the fluid becomes acidic, the acid corrodes aluminium components.

When first built, manufacturers fit Pink or Blue fluid. The blue glycol must be changed every two years. Alternatively, ALDE have produced a pink antifreeze which lasts up to five years – we highly recommend you change to pink.


Which colour liquid do you have?

Need to change your fluid? Call us today on 01454 612893 to get a quote.


  1. How do I refill my ALDE heating system?

To refill your ALDE system, you must first locate the header tank (usually located in the wardrobe or a cupboard). Remove the top part of the plastic covering the pipes and top up the fluid. If the system is hot/ warm the level should be under the maximum, and if cold, above the minimum. This ensures there is room for the fluid to expand.

Before topping up, check what colour fluid you have!


  1. How do you Bleed the system?

To bleed your ALDE system, you will require ALDE specialist tools. The tool provides pressure and a large reservoir outside the vehicle, pumping fresh fluid through the vehicle removing any excess air. You can sometimes bleed individual radiators through a bleed point, however if you have a fault, a full bleed is required using the specialist tool.

If you are experiencing a drop in fluid, you could have a leak. We recommend you check all rubber hose joints to aluminium pipe joints, and radiator points to identify the cause.

*Quick Tip

A quick and easy way to check for a leak is to leave a piece of kitchen roll under the suspect joint. The fluid will drip out, leaving a visible pink or blue stain!


  1. Can you run the system without Water?

There are two types of water used within the ALDE heating system.

The first is fresh water that is heated by the system and sits in the hot water tank. You can run the system without fresh water.

Second, is your coolant within the ALDE heating system, the coolant is a mixture of distilled water and glycol fluid. You can not run the system without this fluid.


For more information you can go to the ALDE website at,



Have a question, drop us an email or give us a call via our contact page,



What is Winterisation?

Winterisation is the Winter preperation for your Motorhome/ Caravan. Bristol Caravans have put together a check sheet of all the things your vehicle requires before it goes into hibernation this winter.


Drain Down:

Watch out for ‘The First Frost’. Try to beat Jack Frost, by emptying your water system and any water tanks.

Why should your water system be emptied?

As temperatures get colder, water begins to freeze in the taps. As water freezes, it expands! If even the tiniest droplet of water was to expand in your pipework, the taps could begin to split. Split taps mean new taps, a repair you want to avoid.

In case you did not know, we offer a Winterisation service in our workshop – taking the pressure off you!

The Winterisation & Drain Down service includes:

  • Drain down of all water tanks/ system
  • Check all external lockers are locked securely
  • Check & Spray sealant
  • Prop up soft furnishings
  • Disconnect gas
  • Remove batteries where required
  • Internal & External inspection for damage
  • Open cupboards and adjust furniture to allow air flow

Carrying out these actions will not only keep your vehicle in good condition for longer, but it will mean when you return in Spring, it will require less work.

Benefits of Winterisation:

  • Reduces mould risk
  • Maintains seals
  • Prevents damage to pipes
  • Reduces risk of vermin entering
  • Maintains vehicles overall condition!


Wash & Fenwick’s:

Want to go the extra mile for Winter?

Give your Caravan/ Motorhome a Wash & Fenwick’s.

Giving your vehicle a final clean before it goes away for the winter can be extremely beneficial. Rather than a just Wash & Wax, we recommend a Wash & Fenwick’s Overwintering fluid. The Fenwick’s Overwinter product is formulated to protect caravans and motorhomes during winter storage. Its unique formula protects against algae, mould, fungus, airborne pollutants, acid rain and bird lime, to keep your vehicle protected throughout winter.

This treatment also means it will be easier to clean next spring!

You can grab yourself a bottle of Fenwick’s in our store or you can book the treatment with us. Keep your Caravan or Motorhome in great condition.

Now you and your vehicle should be prepared for the Winter season!

If you would like to enquire for any of these services, give us a call on 01454 612893 or go to our contact page http://bristolcaravans.com/contact-us/