Prepare Your Caravan For Winter

The winter months are creeping in, and like everything else, your beloved caravan requires a bit of TLC to withstand the chill and protect against damp, mould, and potential damage. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, the process might seem a tad daunting, but fear not! We’ve got your back with the Harlyn Sands Winter Checklist to guide you through the preparations.

Interior Bliss

  1. Drain & Dry: First and foremost, make sure you drain all the water from your caravan. This is crucial because any lingering liquids in the pipes can freeze and lead to dreaded burst pipes. Don’t forget to clean and let the containers dry out, and yes, that includes the toilet cassette.
  2. Tidy Up: Clear out the interior by removing items that won’t be staying in the van during the winter. This includes cushions, bedding, and electrical equipment. Empty storage boxes and leave beds in the upright position to ensure maximum airflow (a great defense against mould). For those who need to keep soft furnishings, consider storing them in vacuum-sealed bags. Give your entire caravan a thorough vacuum and wash with caravan cleaning products.
  3. Fridge & Freezer: Empty the fridge and freezer, and remember to leave the fridge door ajar to avoid any unpleasant surprises in the Spring.
  4. Power Down: Disconnect the battery or ensure all plugs are switched off to prevent your battery from discharging over time. You cank, take your battery with you to charge periodically throughout the winter months.
  5. Gas Safety: Close off any gas connections and store cylinders safely.
  6. Blinds Up: Leave spring-loaded blinds in the upright position to prevent the loss of tension over time.
  7. Lock Up: Ensure all windows and exterior doors are securely locked.
  8. Maximize Airflow: Leave interior doors (cupboards, etc.) open to allow for maximum air circulation.


Exterior Care

  1. Lubricate: Prevent hitches and joints from seizing up over the winter by giving them a good lubrication.
  2. Shine Up: Double-check that the exterior is spotless, paying extra attention to windows and doors.
  3. Secure Your Caravan: Engage security measures such as wheel clamps, alarms, and locks as required. Your insurer may have specific security requirements.
  4. Cover It Up: When it’s time to put your caravan to rest, be sure to cover it with a breathable material designed specifically for caravans. Avoid the temptation of using tarpaulin; it’s not breathable and can encourage mould and condensation.


General Tips

  1. Read the Handbook: Consult your caravan’s handbook for any manufacturer-specific advice.
  2. Moisture Control: Consider leaving dehumidifiers or pots of salt around the interior to absorb excess moisture.
  3. Final Air Out: On the last day of your preparations, allow as much airflow as possible to ensure your van is thoroughly dried out.


Remember, you’re not alone in this process. If you need assistance or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team. Just pop into Reception or give us a call at 01841 520720.

We’re here to help you keep your caravan shipshape for a cozy winter’s rest 🌬️🚐❄️