How to look after your caravan in the winter

28 May 2015
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Caravan trailers are a great purchase for any family that loves to getaway and experience the great outdoors of Australia in their spare time. Use of your caravan will tend to be in the spring and summer months when the weather is pleasant enough for you to reach hidden natural treasures of Australia and enjoy forest hikes, outdoor barbecues, and dips in the ocean. This means that it's all too easy to neglect a caravan trailer in the winter months, but it's really important that you don't. In fact, if you don't give your caravan the attention it deserves, you might find that it needs a lot of work when spring rolls around again.

These are a few of the ways that you can look after your caravan when it's cold outside:

Protect the caravan exterior. When springtime arrives, you don't want the outside of your vehicle to look dirty and unappealing. But, of course, when a caravan is left in one place for months on end, it will end up attracting dirt as well as water (which can cause mould). A great solution is to purchase a caravan cover. The material needs to be waterproof so that mould cannot develop but also breathable enough so that condensation does not form underneath the cover. You will also need to be sure that the cover fits your caravan perfectly. And if your budget doesn't stretch to a caravan cover, you should at least cover your vehicle in a strong protective wax, which will also help protect your caravan from the threats of water and dirt.

Take care of the wheels. When your caravan is stationary for a long period of time, huge amounts of weight and pressure are applied to certain parts of the wheels, and this can lead to the wheels warping or cracking. If you have the option, it can be a great idea to move your caravan slightly, every now and again, in order to ensure that the pressure is placed on different parts of the tyres throughout the winter months. You should also ensure that your tyres are set to the correct pressure before the caravan is stationary to minimise the risks of damage. And you could also invest in wheel placeholders. These are square metal holders that will sit where your wheels normally are. This will take all the pressure off your tyres – plus, it will make your caravan impossible to steal.

Remove damp. The inside of your caravan can also take a big hit in the winter months, particularly with regard to the growth of mould because of a damp environment. But there are some ways that you can keep the air circulating around your caravan and relieve the internal humidity to prevent this. First of all, give your caravan a really great clean with bicarbonate of soda and water, which has antifungal properties. This will ensure that any mould in the caravan is removed so that additional mould is not encouraged to grow. 

The idea of running a dehumidifier in your caravan right throughout the winter is unrealistic, but there are still some ways that you can minimise the humidity inside your vehicle. Place bowls of rock salt around the caravan because salt is a natural desiccant that absorbs the moisture from the air. Also be sure to leave any drawers and closets open so that condensation doesn't build up inside, and take any mattresses out of the vehicle, or at least prop them up in the middle of the caravan so that air can circulate around them.

Apply these tips and your caravan will be ready for use as soon as springtime hits.