Our top priority was heating the caravans and motorhome we are using. Truma have confirmed their gas regulators are tested to minus 20, but beyond that there is the risk of the gas liquefying and freezing. This means trying to keep them warm by adding a thermal layer to the lockers. Thankfully, the new Pursuit caravans being used for the trip have a dual fuel Truma combi system, so if the gas fails, we’ll still get some heat from its electrical power.
Furthermore, the cold chamber tests show that the Bailey Alu-Tech construction system has fantastic thermal insulation, so getting warm and staying warm is sorted.
Using the water system is obviously more challenging. We decided to install an on-board water tank, lag the pipes, and pack a decent hose to fill it up with along the way.
Volvo kindly offered to provide two new XC90s, so it was reassuring to have a towcar designed for Scandinavian winters, with the benefit of all-wheel drive and heated seats!
Winter tyres are a legal requirement in most of the countries on the route. They were easy to arrange with the help from our friends at Wheel Solutions and we hired snow chains in case we get in to any deep snow.