Winter Is Coming: Are You Ready?
As any caravan owner worth his salt knows, owning a static caravan requires a little more effort than a rental caravan - but the benefits of being able to get on the road as and when you please far outweighs any negatives!
Here at Allens Caravans, we believe that caravan care is of the utmost importance, so we have compiled a handy ‘know-how' guide to ensure your caravan gets through the winter in one piece.
Be sure to check your insurance policy prior to winter hibernation - it may stipulate some essential actions to ensure you are fully covered while not in use.
- Clean the outside of your caravan thoroughly, checking for damage and mould as you go
- Turn your tyres every 6-8 weeks and check pressure
- Use steadies and wheel chocks - avoid prolonged handbrake use where possible
- Maybe add wheel clamps for extra security
- Grease any moving parts to prevent rust forming
- Clean the inside of the caravan thoroughly, removing all waste and perishables
- Leave the fridge door ajar
- If you have no room to store cushions etc., use dust sheets and stand upright to allow air to circulate
- Leave beds open - the same applies to blinds, to stop them ceasing to move
- Leave as many doors open as possible, and use moisture traps if necessary
- Close all windows and check seals
- Oil / WD40 hinges to prevent them getting stuck in cold weather
- Open all taps and drain valves and run until empty - remove plugs and keep somewhere safe
- Remove internal water tank, if necessary
- Thoroughly drain and clean toilet
- Turn off all plugs, and remove them if possible
- Disconnect main battery, remove and charge as necessary
- If you have access to one, connect to a 230V supply and check the heating every few weeks
- Turn off and disconnect gas valves
- Store gas cylinders in dedicated lockers. If not, ensure that they are not stored in garages as this can cause fire
- Store the cylinders at least 2m from drains, buildings and heat sources
Lastly, if you have a cover for your caravan, make sure it is breathable, soft enough not to damage your caravan, and durable enough to survive colder, wetter weather. A waxy coated cover is best as it will easily clean off come spring. Top tip: make sure it fits!
If touring caravans seem a little like too much hard work, perhaps consider a caravan for hire or check to see if one of our holiday parks have homes for sale. Get in touch for more information.