Just like everything else, our caravans need a little preparation before the winter months take hold to prevent damp, mould and damage such as burst pipes. For new caravan owners, as well as some seasoned pros, this can seem like a daunting process, but don’t worry, we’re here with the Harlyn Sands Winter Checklist to help you along the way!
1. Drain all water from the van; clean and allow containers to dry out.
Any liquid left in the pipes is at risk of freezing and causing the pipes to burst causing potentially huge damage. Remember to drain and clean the toilet cassette too.
2. Clean the interior.
Remove anything that does not need to stay in the van (this includes cushions, bedding and electrical equipment), empty storage boxes and leave beds in the upright position to allow for maximum airflow (helps prevent mould developing). If you have to leave soft furnishings, it’s best to store them in vacuum sealed bags. Give the whole van a thorough hoover and wash with caravan cleaning products.
3. Empty the fridge/ freezer and leave the door ajar.
4. Disconnect the battery or ensure all plugs are “off”.
To prevent your battery from discharging over time, take your battery with you to charge periodically throughout the winter months.
5. Close off any gas connections and store cylinders safely.
6. Leave spring loaded blinds in the upright position to prevent loss of tension over time.
7. Ensure all windows and exterior doors are locked.
8. Leave interior doors (cupboards etc) open to allow for maximum air flow.
9. Lubricate any hives and joints to prevent them seizing up over the winter.
10. Thoroughly clean the exterior (double checking for closed windows and doors)
11. Engage security measures (wheel clamps, alarms, locks as required). Your insurer my require certain security measures to be in place.
12. Cover your van
Be sure to use a breathable material specifically designed for caravans; do not be tempted to use tarpaulin, it is not breathable and therefore will encourage mould and condensation to develop.
13. Check the handbook for any specific advice from the manufacturer.
14. Consider leaving dehumidifiers or pots of salt around the interior to absorb any moisture.
15. Allow as much airflow as possible on the final day to dry out the van.
Remember, if you need a little help, don’t be afraid to ask, our team would be happy to guide you.
Just pop into Reception or give us a call on 01841 520720