Archive for November, 2016

Caravan Winter preparation

Brrrr, winter has arrived so now is the time to make sure your caravan is ready for the colder months ahead.

As an Approved Workshop, we are experts in caravans and have some handy tips and advice to ensure your caravan is safe and will remain in tip top condition, ready for your next adventure:

Planning Ahead:

First things first, where are you planning to park your caravan for the next few months? It needs to be a secure location – if it’s not on your own property (where we suggest you install a post or gate), we recommend using a member of the Caravan Storage Site Owner’s Association. When covering the caravan, use breathable material so that moss and mould doesn’t grow due to condensation. Try not to leave it where it is exposed to leaves and sap.

Exterior preparations:

You need to ensure the outside of the caravan is safeguarded against the bitter weather and potential thieves.

  • Give your caravan a good clean using products appropriate for the bodywork and windows, which offer a layer of protection
  • Check the seals of all the windows and replace any that look loose or have come away. Also, check for any cracks or chips and have these seen too before they become a bigger problem
  • To prevent water filters from freezing, remove them to reduce damage
  • When it comes to the wheels, you’ll need to check these every few weeks and to turn them to prevent flat spots. Place the caravan on a level surface, lower the corner steadies and wedge the wheels. Top tip: leave the handbrake off
  • Clean the awning with proper products to remove as many marks and stains as possible. Store in a dry place. We recommend checking on this while it’s in storage
  • We always recommend keeping an eye on the battery. If it’s not connected to a security system, remove and store in a dry place and regularly top up charge levels. We also suggest removing batteries from internal devices such as smoke alarms – make sure you refit these and check they’re in working condition on your next outing
  • Coat your towing electrics with water resistant solutions

Interior preparation:

  • Remove anything valuable or that you don’t want to risk leaving in your van
  • Remove soft furnishings and place somewhere dry – particularly cushions which are expensive to replace
  • Empty the fridge, clean and leave open
  • Give your caravan a good winter clean
  • Fully retract blinds and fly screens to avoid damage to the springs
  • Remove all gas cylinders and store in a cool, ventilated place
  • Flush and empty the toilet tank and open the taps including the shower control and put the lever tap in the centre of hot and cold. It’s worth considering a floe system flush to completely drain the pipework. Plug up your sinks and shower tray. Also, drain the water heater (read instructions for this)
  • Uncover the vents to allow air to circulate

As a family run business, Peter Robert’s Caravans ethos is about you – our very valued customer. We’re passionate about this industry and the caravanning and camping community. We believe it’s a lifestyle, not just a holiday and so we constantly strive to improve our services and help you make the most of it. If you want further help and advice on the above, we are here to help.

Peter Robert’s Caravans is based in Honley, Huddersfield where you can browse our new and used range. We also buy caravans for cash.

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