Not sure what to do with your caravan or motorhome while you’re at home? This could be the perfect time to give it a little TLC and focus on all the ‘non-essential’ maintenance (i.e. not a service) that your vehicle needs.
If you’re not going to be using your caravan or motorhome for a prolonged period of time you should clean it thoroughly before covering it with a purpose-made cover.
Rain, dirt and grit can all degrade the bodywork of your vehicle, so it’s important to clean it regularly. Also, make sure that the cover you use is breathable and soft enough not to damage the bodywork, but robust enough to protect it from the elements.
Tips for cleaning your caravan or motorhome
- Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaning products – these could damage the bodywork of your vehicle.
- Instead, use a proprietary motorhome or caravan cleaner that is generally safe for all the materials that may be used on your vehicle. You can also check the manual, or ask a member of our team for advice on the best products for your caravan or motorhome.
- Don’t use a pressure washer on your caravan or motorhome as this can damage the seals.
- Instead, use a normal tap pressure garden hose to wash off most of the grit and dirt before cleaning with product.
- When you apply a cleaning solution to the body of your vehicle, apply it with a sponge or spray, leave it to sit for 30 seconds (or as instructed on the packaging) to allow it to break down the dirt, and then wash off with a sponge or soft brush (for hard to reach areas).
- Be sure to dry your caravan or motorhome after washing to avoid leaving streaks.
- Use a wash leather to remove most of the water, followed by a microfibre cloth for a smooth finish.
Uses for your caravan or motorhome at home
If, like us, you can’t bear to leave your caravan or motorhome empty for the foreseeable future, here are a few ideas for how you can make the most of it at home…
- Home classroom – if you’re helping your kids learn from home while schools are closed, your caravan / motorhome can act as their classroom.
- Having a dedicated learning space away from the rest of the house will help with concentration during the day, and mean that they’re able to relax inside the house on an evening away from their work.
- Home office – Similarly to the home classroom, setting up an office in your caravan / motorhome gives you a quiet space away from the rest of the home to focus on your work, without the need to turn your dining room into an office.
- Arts and crafts / Hobby room – Don’t have the space indoors for all the extra activities your family will be doing while at home? Use your caravan or motorhome as a spare room for all your crafting needs.
Has your family found a new use for your caravan or motorhome while it’s off the road? Tell us all about it and share your photos on Facebook. Or check out our motorhomes available to buy or hire and give yourself something to look forward to.