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Preparing Your Land Rover for Winter: LandyCampers' Comprehensive Guide


Winter is coming, and as a Land Rover owner, you know that preparation is key to ensuring your vehicle performs optimally in the colder months. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the essential steps to winterize your Land Rover, ensuring it remains reliable, safe, and ready for any adventure.



While Land Rovers are known for their off-road prowess, winter still brings its own set of challenges that even these beasts aren't immune to.



Table of Contents

  1. Why Winterise Your Land Rover?

  2. The Basics: Fluid Checks and Replacements

  3. Battery Maintenance

  4. Underbody Protection with Dinitrol

  5. Interior Comfort and Safety

  6. Lighting & Electrical Systems

  7. Emergency Kit Essentials

  8. Dry Storage

  9. Conclusion


Why Winterise Your Land Rover?

Winter conditions can be harsh on any vehicle, but for a Land Rover, which is often subjected to off-road conditions (and historically weren't the most rust-proof vehicles, let's be honest), the impact can be even more significant. From freezing temperatures affecting battery life to road salt eating away at your chassis, winter presents a unique set of challenges that require special attention.


According to the AA, winter-related breakdowns increase by 20%. Don't let your Landy be a statistic!


A Land Rover Defender 90 driving on a snowy lane
Fern, the Original LandyCamper, loving a snowy day out - ©Max Isham Photography


The Basics: Fluid Checks and Replacements

Before the winter sets in, it's crucial to check all the fluids in your Land Rover. This includes engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Make sure they are at the recommended levels and consider switching to winter-grade fluids that perform better in low temperatures.


Battery Maintenance

Cold weather can be particularly harsh on your vehicle's battery. Ensure it's fully charged and consider carrying a portable charger for emergencies. Clean the terminals and check for any signs of corrosion. A quick monthly check can save you from the dreaded 'click' of a dead battery on a freezing morning.


Underbody Protection with Dinitrol

Winter roads are often treated with salt to melt ice, which can be corrosive to your vehicle's underbody. That's why we can't recommend Dinitrol's Full 4x4 Rustproofing Kit enough. This isn't just a product; it's an investment in the longevity of your Land Rover.


Dinitrol has been a trusted name in the industry, produced in Germany by DINOL for over 40 years. Their Full 4x4 Rustproofing Kit is specifically designed for off-road vehicles like Land Rovers. It offers comprehensive protection against road salt, moisture, and even stone chips. The kit comes with a range of products, including Dinitrol 4941 underbody wax and Dinitrol RC900 rust converter, ensuring that every inch of your vehicle's underbody is shielded against winter's harsh conditions.


What sets Dinitrol apart is its deep penetration formula. Unlike other products that just sit on the surface, Dinitrol seeps into every nook and cranny, providing a long-lasting shield. It's like giving your Landy an invisible armour that not only protects but also enhances the vehicle's resale value.


And let's talk about application. While some rustproofing solutions require a professional touch, Dinitrol's DIY-friendly kits come with easy-to-follow instructions. You can spend a weekend afternoon giving your Landy the TLC it deserves, and rest easy knowing you've fortified it against the elements.


So, if you're serious about winterising your Land Rover, Dinitrol is the way to go. Trust in a brand that's been safeguarding vehicles for decades. Your Landy will thank you, and so will your future self when you're cruising through a winter wonderland without a care in the world.


Interior Comfort and Safety

Winter is not just about vehicle maintenance; it's also about ensuring you're comfortable during your journeys. Make sure your heating system is working efficiently and consider adding winter accessories like thermal seat covers.


A decently sized dehumidifier bag (ideally 1kg+) will absorb a surprising amount of damp, meaning less window fogging when you're driving (being able to see is kinda important), and less chance of mould/rot creeping in and leaving you with a serious cleaning job in the spring.


We have these in our Landys, and have been pleasantly surprised by the difference they make!


Land Rover Defender 90 with LED headlights on in the snow
Proper lighting for proper visibility! - ©Max Isham Photography

Lighting and Electrical Systems

If you're still using the stock Land Rover lights, this is your sign to upgrade them! Let's be real - the out-of-the-factory lighting set up on all but the most modern Landys is abysmal. Candles would be more effective at lighting the road.


But fear not, unlike most vehicles, a bulb upgrade - or even a full lighting overhaul - is an extremely easy job! The headlight units come out with just a few screws, and a new set of top-spec H7 bulbs, light Osram's Night Breaker 200s or Philips RacingVision GT200s will only set you back 30 quid or so! We've tested both, equally high performing, and a massive upgrade from 'standard' H7 bulbs.


If you want to go a step further, as we have on our LandyCampers, VisionX's Vortex 7' kits will plug straight in to replace the original headlamp units, and are a real next-level upgrade, making a true night-and-day difference to driving in the dark! A little bit of extra wiring will allow you to fit the 'dual glow' wiring, meaning full-beam fires up every LED in the unit, giving even greater visibility!


For 'auxiliary' lighting (indicators, brake lights etc), an all-round LED upgrade is another easy but - at least in our eyes - essential winter upgrade. A kit from Exmoor Trim will plug straight in to existing wiring, and is just a matter of unscrewing old lamps and screwing in the new ones - instant improvement to being seen by other drivers, which is just as important as being able to see for yourself (if the driver behind can't see that you're braking as your old lamps are so dim, the chance they'll slow down with you is minimal, especially on wintery roads!)


It's also well worth carrying a kit of spare fuses with you year round, but even more so in winter - as getting caught out in bad weather with a blown lighting or windscreen wiper fuse could mean a long cold wait for a breakdown truck if you don't have your own to switch out on the go!


*If you're not comfortable or experienced with vehicle maintenance, we strongly recommend consulting a professional for the installation of any new lighting systems. Before making any changes to your vehicle's lighting, make sure to check local regulations to ensure your upgrades comply with the law.


Emergency Kit Essentials

No winter preparation is complete without an emergency kit. This should include items like a snow shovel, ice scraper, blankets, water, and a first-aid kit.


Most of these should be in your Landy regardless of the time of year, but if you don't have a kit, getting one now before winter is a smart move - it's one of those 'useless until it's suddenly the most useful thing you've ever brought' kind of buys!


Dry Storage

The ultimate solution, if at all possible, is to dry store your Landy between drives. Obviously, this isn't feasible for most of us, but we'd be dishonest not to mention it! A nice dry barn, shed or garage to keep your treasured vehicle safe and dry is obviously going to make things a lot easier, especially if you can take the time to rinse off any road salt underneath before storage - if you can, do it! Your Landy will thank you!


A defender 90 with rooftop tent driving on a snowy road
With your Landy now fully protected from the elements, it's time to enjoy the winter lanes! - ©Max Isham Photography


Conclusion

Winterising your Land Rover isn't just a seasonal chore; it's an act of love for a vehicle that's more than just a means of transport—it's a lifestyle. By following this comprehensive guide, you're not just preparing your Landy for winter; you're ensuring that it remains a reliable, safe, and enjoyable companion for all your adventures, no matter the season.


From fluid checks to lighting upgrades, and from interior comfort to underbody protection with Dinitrol, each step you take adds another layer of resilience to your Land Rover. And let's not forget, these measures aren't just about vehicle maintenance; they're about enhancing your overall driving experience.


So, as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, take some time to give your Land Rover the TLC it deserves. Trust us, when you're navigating through a snowy trail or simply enjoying a winter sunset from the comfort of your heated seats, you'll be glad you did.


Happy winter adventuring, and as always, keep exploring!


 

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