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Caring for your Caravan

Static caravans should be kept clean and gutters checked and cleaned regularly. Moisture traps should be used to help keep air-borne dampness away. Check chassis for signs of surface corrosion and if necessary repaint. Just like your domestic gas system at home, an annual service is recommended to ensure your appliances continue working safely and efficiently. Regularly check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and ensure that fire extinguishers are in date. Ensure that your static is fully drained during the winter period if not in use.

With all caravans, where possible remove any valuables and never leave any on show when away.

Servicing

An annual service is recommended for touring caravans. This allows for any faults that may arise to be rectified before possible expensive repairs later, also regular damp testing helps keep extensive repairs at bay.

Workshops tend to be less busy in winter, so you may consider this best for servicing so that your caravan is ready for any early Spring good weather.

Tyres

Because your caravan often stands in one place for long periods this can cause your tyres walls and inside the treads to crack. Keeping the wheels regularly turned, placing on tyre-saving devices or lifting off the ground helps to cut down the cracking process. Because you cannot pick and choose where or when you may get a puncture, the fitting of TYRON bands is highly recommended. This is a device that fits in your wheels and allows you to safely pull your vehicle to a stop should you get a puncture.

Electric and Gas

Check all internal lights before using your caravan and replace any bulbs that have failed or are flickering. A fluorescent that is allowed to flicker for long periods can damage the light fitting. Consider where possible changing to LED lights as these greatly reduce power consumption and allows longer use of battery power.

It is a legal requirement that all road lights operate correctly. Check all external lights for damaged or dirty lenses and clean or replace where necessary. Replace bulbs if required. Always carry a spare set of bulbs and fuses for your caravan. Ensure that the leads and plugs connecting your caravan to your car have not been damaged and occasionally lightly spray the contacts with a lubricant like WD40 or similar. Your battery should be regularly charged every 5-6 weeks when you are not using your caravan. Periodically check the operation of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms and replace batteries regularly.

When not using your caravan, ensure that all gas bottles and your appliances are turned off. On some caravans external winter covers can be fitted to help keep bugs out (these must be removed before using appliances).


Sample layout plan for a static caravan

Sample layout plan for a static caravan

Hitching and Brakes

Ensure that your breakaway cable is in good condition and that the fastenings operate correctly. Check the operation of your handbrake and jockey wheel. If necessary, re-grease the jockey wheel shaft to improve operation. Check condition of jockey wheel. If you have a built in stabiliser ensure that where the ball goes in does not get contaminated and stays clean and grease free.

Window Blinds and Furnishing

When you are not using your caravan, never leave the blinds in the down position as this puts the mechanism under constant tension and may stop them from operating properly. A blind is reflective and also can if left down cause damage to the plastic windows due to heat build up and this may lead to expensive replacement. If you cannot remove upholstery, try to keep on edge in the centre of your caravan to assist airflow and away from direct sunlight. A moisture trap will help to stop air bound water molecules from causing damage.

Cleaning

Keep your caravan clean at all times to reduce the risk of damage from airborne pollutants, tree sap, birdlime etc, all of which increase the possibility of water ingress. If you are not using your caravan, if possible use a breathable cover. These are ideal for summer and winter and aids security. Do not keep packet food inside your caravan when in storage as this can encourage vermin. Never use a pressure washer to clean your caravan.

A static caravan

A static caravan


Static caravans, should be kept clean and gutters checked and cleaned regularly. Moisture traps should be used to help keep air-bourne dampness away. Check chassis for signs of surface corrosion and if necessary repaint. Just like your domestic gas system at home, an annual service is recommended to ensure your appliances continue working safely and efficiently. Regularly check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and ensure that fire extinquishers are in date. Ensure that your static is fully drained during the winter period if not in use.

With all caravans, where possible remove any valuables and never leave any on show when away.


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