much as we like to see you here at Venture, we like to see you under happy
circumstances and unfortunately that is not always the case. One of the problems
we often see in the early spring is cold damage to caravans and it can be an
expensive business. As we head into winter, if you intend to give your
‘van a well earned break there are some preparations you need to do to avoid
problems. In the last article we looked at preparing the inside of your
caravan for the winter months to avoid the problems of burst pipes and other
issues; in this article we are going to suggest some work for the outside.
course if you are lucky you will have a nice covered area or garage to store
your caravan over the cold months. For most of us our caravans are kept
in driveways and so forth and that means exposure to the elements. So,
before you bed you caravan down for the winter here are some TLC and general
- If you have a van that is
fitted with shock absorbers (as a lot of modern caravans are) you probably need
to think about cleaning the rods. If you can gain access to the rods it
may also be a good idea to coat the rods in some water protective substance
such as Vaseline or similar – but remember to clean this off before you next
use the caravan.
- Carry out routine
maintenance and oil any external moving parts including hinges and locks.
It is very easy to assume these will be fine because they will not be
being used, but the damp and the cold can cause issues.
- Awnings should be cleaned
and dried. This is really important because if stored damp or dirty, even
the strongest and best awnings will be prone to mildew and other problems.
- Windows and other seals
should be given a little attention. Inspect the seals on your windows,
doors and so on to make sure they are not cracking or starting to loosen. We
tend to think about the wet weather, but remember there can also be very dry
and very cold days which, when combined, can cause cracking in the seals.
There are several ways of protecting them including a little bit of olive
- Some people like to jack
the caravan up and remove the wheels to take the pressure off the axle.
Remove the wheels if the caravan is secure or at least cover the wheels to
prevent UV degredation the sides walls, and turn the wheels periodically if you
- Cover the hitch with a
good quality hitch cover. This will prevent deterioration as well as
accidental clothing damage from grease.
- Give the outside a good
polish with a bit of elbow grease and an appropriate polishing agent.
- Finally, and we cannot
stress this one enough, invest in a cover. The cost of a cover could be
less than you think and a good, breathable cover, will really help keep the
shine and protect your caravan. We are happy to advise on covers if you
pop by and see us.
this is just a quick guide and there is a lot more information available on
preparing for the winter. If you have any hints and tips why not share them on
our Facebook page?