Winter is just around the corner (depending on where you are in the world) and for caravan owners, that means it’s time to start thinking about winterising your home on wheels. Properly preparing your caravan for the colder months is essential to ensure it stays in great condition and ready for your next adventure when Spring arrives. To help you get started, here are 10 crucial steps on how to prepare your caravan for Winter:
1.Clean Inside and Out: Begin by giving your caravan a thorough cleaning. Remove any dirt, grime, and debris from both the interior and exterior. Cleaning now will help prevent stains and damage during storage.
2.Inspect Seals and Caulking: Check all the seals and caulking around windows, doors, and seams for signs of wear or damage. Replace any worn-out seals to prevent water infiltration.
3.Empty and Clean Water Tanks: Drain all water tanks, including the fresh water tank, grey water tank, and black water tank. Clean and sanitize them to prevent any residual odors or bacteria growth.
4.Protect the Plumbing: To prevent freezing and potential damage, add RV antifreeze to the plumbing system. Be sure to flush it through all the pipes, faucets, and toilet.
5.Disconnect Batteries: If your caravan has a battery or batteries, disconnect them and store them in a cool, dry place. Make sure they are fully charged before storing.
6.Inspect Roof and Seams: Check the roof for any cracks or damage that could lead to leaks. Repair any issues promptly and inspect all seams and seams seals for wear and tear.
7.Cover or Store Properly: If possible, store your caravan in a covered area, such as a garage or a dedicated storage facility. If not, invest in a quality caravan cover to protect it from harsh winter weather.
8.Check Tire Pressure: Ensure that your caravan’s tires are properly inflated and in good condition. Over-inflate them slightly to account for potential pressure loss during cold weather.
9.Ventilation and Moisture Control: Leave some roof vents slightly open to allow for ventilation and prevent moisture buildup inside. You can also use moisture-absorbing products inside the caravan to reduce humidity.
10.Rodent Prevention: Rodents can cause significant damage to your caravan during the winter months. Place rodent traps or repellent devices inside to deter them from making your caravan their winter home.
By following these 10 steps, you’ll be well organised on how to prepare your caravan for Winter. Taking the time to properly winterise your caravan now will help you avoid costly repairs and ensure your home away from home is ready for your next adventure come spring. Safe travels from the Bruder team!