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How to winter-proof your caravan against harsh weather conditions

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As the nights become darker much sooner and the weather becoming more and more cooler, winter is definitely here, but the change in temperature should not mean that you should put off your caravan or motorhome trip!

  • How to winter-proof your caravan
  • How to keep your caravan warm
  • How to protect your caravan when it isn’t in use

Winter caravanning has its challenges, especially if you are a newbie to this kind of camping. Most caravan parks are open all year round and it is the best time to go now if you are seeking an even more peace and quiet getaway.

Without the necessary precautions, the cold weather, and rain could cause damages. To avoid this, it is best to keep your caravan warm and well-insulated. To achieve caravan insulation is easy with some small investments or even from things that you might have laying around.

Here are our top tips on how to make your caravan winter-proof:

Water carrier: An insulation bag can be handy to prevent the contents inside from freezing. If you do not have the time to buy one, you may use bubble wrap, old duvets or coats.

Insulate pipes: Your wastewater could also be at risk of freezing in harsh conditions around the country. To avoid this, you could insulate the pipes using padding, or you could add salt to the wastewater or use glycol-free antifreeze.

Single-glazed vs double-glazed windows: Switching from single-glazed to double-glazed windows, it adds an extra barrier to prevent the cold from coming in, and locks in the heat, which is ideal for winter, however, you could be facing a much stuffier caravan in summer.

Consider installing thermal curtains or blinds: Installing curtains or thermal blinds can also lock in the heat

Did you know a caravan loses most of its heat through the wheel arches and gaps in the caravan door? This can however be resolved by adding padded insulation like a carpet, polystyrene, pillows etc.

Awning: By placing a porch awning over the entrance of your caravan, it could stop some of the heat escaping from your caravan when the door opens, however, always remember to never block the air vents of your caravan as it could be a fire hazard. Click here to view various awnings on our product page.

Now that your insulation is in place, it is time to focus on how to keep your caravan warm in winter. If your caravan doesn’t have heating, the following tips could be of great help.

Monitor your heating: Invest in a heating system for your caravan that runs off a timer. By doing this, the heat can be on before you head into your caravan or as you wake up, which is good if you do not want the heating on all night, but also do not want your pipes to freeze.

A portable heater could also help in keeping your caravan cosy at night or on cold days.

Underfloor heating: As we have mentioned before, the drop in temperature should not stop you from planning your next caravan trip. Consider installing a underfloor heating system as they take up less space and only need an electric source to run. Thin electric cables or mats are installed in the floor of the caravan, allowing the heat to rise up into the caravan, however, it is best to consider the structure of the caravan and if it can withstand it.

Consider buying a electric blanket: A heated blanket can be used on your bed to ensure your body remains warm for a comfortable and good nights rest.

How could you protect your caravan after your returning home or when it isn’t in use?

Cold weather can affect a caravan and damage it if it’s just sitting in your driveway or has been put into storage. These tips may be handy, but it is always important to check on your caravan when you are not using it. Click here to view caravan covers on our product page. Even though a caravan cover can protect the outside, check on the interior once in a blue moon too as it could cause mold and other damages from the cold weather.

Drain your down water system: It is important to drain all water systems such as the toilet flush reservoir, water heater and the toilet cassette. This eliminates any frost damage to your pipes.

Adjust taps: Make sure your taps are in the open position so they can release any built-up pressure caused by the change in temperature and season.

How could you limit mould growth? 

To avoid any mould from building up, the experts have advised us to place a few bowls of salt throughout the caravan as it dehumidifiers for the air, preventing damp penetrating the soft furnishings and carpets. If you do not want to do this, it is advisable to increase the air circulation inside by opening the doors, cupboards and drawers, and clean out the fridge and/or freezer and leave them open as well.

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