Christmas and the New Year are over, which only means one thing - it's nearly time for caravan season to roll around again! If you have a touring caravan, you have undoubtedly already been waiting for the weather to be nice enough to get out on the road for a new year of caravan fun. But before you can start planning your first break of the season and picking out your favourite caravan sites in the UK, you need to make sure that your caravan is roadworthy and ready for the year ahead.
We have put together a handy guide for you to use to make sure that your tourer is shipshape and all ready for your first trip out this year. So, what are you waiting for? Get your caravan checked out and get ready for a season jam-packed with short breaks and relaxing getaways!
Your caravan has been sitting in storage for the past few months, waiting out the cold weather and freezing temperatures, so it makes sense that a little bit of general maintenance will be required when you get your caravan out of storage.
One of the first things that you need to check is your tyres. Check tyres for bulging, cracking or warping, and ensure that they are in good condition ready for long journeys. You may well have to check the air pressure too, to be certain that it is up to the required level.
You will also need to thoroughly flush out and sterilise the water systems and tanks. They should have been drained down during the winter, but it is important to make sure that the water is safe and usable.
Damp is the bane of the touring caravanner's life, so make sure that you don't get caught out by damp. Condensation usually occurs around doors, windows and skylights in caravans, so give all of these a once-over. If you spot a fusty, musty smell, this is a big indicator that damp is present - it can also be worth checking soft furnishings for signs of damp.
If you do spot damp, you can either arrange to get it removed by a professional or try a dehumidifier if it is only affecting a small area.
Caravan security is always important, but it is absolutely vital to check that your caravan is secure after the winter break. Check that any alarm systems are still working - don't forget to test smoke alarms, too. It is also a good idea to check that security devices like wheel-clamps are in good working order.
Make sure that you have a fully-functioning fire extinguisher and fire blanket in your caravan should the worst happen, and ensure that your first aid kit is well stocked with all the medical supplies you may need while away.
Your caravan will probably be looking a little worse for wear after sitting unoccupied over the winter, so even if you cleaned it out at the end of last year; it could probably do with a thorough spring clean. Clean your caravan inside and out, and allow some air to circulate before you use it. Don't forget to give the fridge a good clean!
Now that your caravan is in tip-top condition ready for the year ahead, all that is left to do is pick out where you want to stay! We have a wide range of caravan sites across the UK, so you have plenty of choices and the freedom to pick out your next holiday destination.
Get in touch to find out more information about our caravan holiday parks and caravan sites in the UK.