As any dedicated Game of Thrones fan will know, winter is finally here! Now, we’re not trying to suggest that your caravan is at risk from attack by White Walkers or Ice-breathing Dragons, but, if you fail to prepare your caravan properly now you could risk costly repairs come Spring.
So here are our top tips to help ensure that your winter passes with as few problems as possible;
Drain your Water Systems: It might sound obvious but you would be amazed at how many people forget! In order to prevent frost damage, make sure that you fully drain your water system. Open all taps and drain valves and remove any filters. Run the on-board pump and remove the shower head. Drain and clean your cassette toilet.
You should also drain any portable water containers thoroughly to prevent mould growth.
Charge your Battery: If possible, remove your battery and take it home to charge. We also recommend that you try to power up your heating system periodically over the winter as this will help to keep your battery in good condition. This may seem like abit of a pain, but when Spring comes and your caravan is in perfect working order it will all be worth it!
*Please be aware that if your caravan has a security alarm or tracking system it will need a source of power. Most systems run off of a separate power source but you should check your handbook to make sure.
Remove all Gas Cylinders: If you have access to an appropriate storage location we would recommend that you remove you gas cylinders over the winter. Alternatively, ensure that all gas cylinders are closed or disconnected and fit caps over any open pipework.
Air your Interior: Unfortunately, unused caravans can develop a stagnant smell. To avoid unwanted smells, we suggest that you thoroughly clean your fridge/freezer and cupboards and leave the doors propped open so that the air can circulate. Plug all water inlets and waste outlets to stop unwanted visitors from crawling in. You should also remove all cushions, pillows and bedding and store elsewhere if possible.
Protect your Exterior: You have two options when it comes to protecting the exterior of your caravan or motorhome, a breathable cover or an exterior protector fluid.
Protector fluids are generally the cheaper option and will wash off easily after the winter. Whichever brand you choose, we recommend that you follow the directions provided.
Covers are more expensive but if you choose a good one it will be a long-term investment. If you choose to invest in a cover please make sure that it is breathable and soft enough that it won’t damage your paintwork.
We would also suggest that you take the opportunity to thoroughly wash and dry your awning. It is essential that you ensure that the awning is completely dry, even small amounts of damp will result in mouldy patches.
So, there you have it, a little bit of work now and you can head into the spring months knowing that you’ve done all you can to prepare for whatever comes your way, unless of course it is an Ice-breathing Dragon!
Seasonal touring at our holiday parks include winter storage, so if you’re looking for somewhere to pitch your caravan next season why not take a look at what we have to offer. With 9 parks all situated in the heart of Somerset we’re sure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for www.westcountryparks.co.uk/parks/touring