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How to store your static caravan during the winter

  • 10th Jan 2014

How to store your static caravan during the winter

Whilst you may not feel like taking the trip to your beloved static caravan during the harsh winter months for a short break, that’s no reason to neglect it completely. This is because a failure to prepare your caravan for long term storage exposes its structure to a number of severe and stubborn problems, such as water damage and the growth of mould. Rather than tackle these troublesome problems when you return in the spring, by taking the necessary steps to prep your caravan not only will these scenarios be avoided but this will also prevent them from becoming a permanent fixture within your caravan, costing hundreds to fix and affecting its overall value.

1. Empty the Caravan Out The first step to prepare your caravan for the plummeting temperatures is to empty the entire caravan. This includes personal items and valuables as well as the bed linen, cushions, rugs, sleeping bags and curtains in order to minimise the possibility of mildew and mould forming whilst your caravan is being stored over winter. By doing so you’ll ensure that there’ll be no unpleasant surprises awaiting you next time you visit your home away from home…

2. Clean It Up Once you have removed everything and completely emptied out your static caravan of its contents, the next task is to start cleaning. Be sure to thoroughly remove patches of damp, mildew and moisture in order to ensure that the caravan is left in an optimum condition. This can be achieved by using various cleaning supplies such as sprays and disinfectants, which will effectively remove any bacteria or germs which have the potential to spread if left alone over long periods of time. This is why it’s essential for the long-term maintenance of your static caravan that it is completely cleaned before being stored for winter.

3. Drain All Water A caravan’s pipes are vulnerable to environmental damage, which is why it is important that owners take the necessary steps to prevent them freezing up during the winter. Drain all the water from the pipes, and look out for any signs of damage and leaks which may occur. In the instance that there are any plumbing problems then it’s advised that you consult a plumber or specialist technician who can fix these problems for you before it starts to get colder. This is because by leaving faulty pipes in your caravan this increases the likelihood that they’ll break whilst you’re away, leaving you to come back to a significant amount of water damage which can severely affect the value of your static caravan.

4. Consider insulation Insulation is not just for homes, it can also be utilised within both new and second hand static caravans and provide a number of benefits. Caravan insulation is much easier than insulating a home however due to its smaller size, with many owners choosing to insulate their caravans themselves for these reasons. Whether you buy a DIY guide or hire a specialist to do the work for you, this will ensure that your caravan’s stays warm throughout the year without the hire for expensive electronic heaters.

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