With winter just around the corner, it’s time to unpack the woollen jumpers, wrap up and put some gloves on. Staying warm is one of our main priorities between October and March, especially as dark nights roll in and mornings become frosty. Taking care of your static caravan is just as important and there are a few things that you can do to make sure it is in top condition for the next season.
Our blog this month at Hanley Caravans looks into maintaining your caravan during the colder months, providing some handy tips and tricks.
There’s nothing worse than worrying about whether your static caravan is safe or not. Security is something to consider during the winter months as it can provide you with extra protection and much needed comfort.
Fitting hitch locks or wheel clamps makes it very difficult for anybody to attempt to move your caravan. On top of this, you can look into security systems to provide you with more reassurance. However if you are based on a site, this is something you should check with the owners first.
The most obvious things to do is to double check all of your locks before you leave. This includes your front door, any patio doors, as well as the windows.
Preparing For Down Season
Not everybody will have a static caravan that is sited on a 12-month holiday park. As most sites will undertake downtime during the winter months, it is crucial that you know how to protect your unit. There are a few things to do, including:
- Checking window seals
- Removing gas cylinders
- Cleaning the exterior
- Ensuring it is locked and safe
- Drain down your caravan to prevent frost-related damage
- Empty the fridge and freezer
- Take any valuables away with you
As long as your caravan is sited somewhere that is safe, you should have nothing to worry about.
Don’t Forget About Inside
Everybody considers the exterior of a caravan, but have you thought about preparing the interior? If you won’t be in the unit for a while, it’s worth spending time cleaning. After all, there’s nothing worse than coming back to a messy carpet and smelly fridge!
When it comes to seating area cushions, you should leave these upright over winter. Doing this makes it easier for air to circulate and reduces the chance of mildew developing. If you have space to bring these home with you, then that’s an even better option.
You may think that shutting your curtains or blinds is better for you. In fact, it’s often better to leave these open. That way you can show people that there isn’t much in there and also improve circulation.
If you are looking for a static caravan or would like more details about any of our sites in Lancashire, Cumbria or the North East, please contact us today.