Winter is just around the corner, and if you own a caravan or motorhome, it's important to prepare it for the colder months ahead. Proper winterisation can help protect your vehicle from damage, ensure its longevity, and make your next camping season a breeze. Here are our top 10 tips to get your caravan or motorhome ready for winter:
1. Give It a Thorough Clean
Before storing your caravan or motorhome for the winter, give it a thorough clean inside and out. Remove any dirt, debris, or food particles that may attract pests. Clean the windows, floors, and upholstery to prevent any stains from setting in during the winter months.
2. Check for Leaks
Inspect your vehicle thoroughly for any leaks before winter arrives. Look for signs of water damage on the ceiling, walls, and floor. Repair any leaks promptly to prevent further damage from occurring during the colder months.
3. Drain Water Systems
To prevent freezing and potential damage to your plumbing system, drain all water tanks and pipes in your caravan or motorhome. This includes draining the fresh water tank, hot water tank, and wastewater tanks.
4. Protect Your Batteries
Cold temperatures can significantly reduce battery life. To avoid this issue, remove batteries from appliances such as smoke detectors and clocks before storing your vehicle for winter. Store them in a cool but dry place.
5. Insulate Pipes and Tanks
Insulating exposed pipes and tanks can help prevent freezing during cold spells. Use foam pipe insulation or heat tape to protect vulnerable areas against low temperatures.
6. Cover Exterior Vents
Covering exterior vents with mesh screens can keep pests out while allowing proper ventilation during storage. This will help prevent unwanted visitors from making a cosy home inside your vehicle.
7. Maintain Tire Pressure
Check your tire pressure regularly throughout the winter months. Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop, which can affect your vehicle's handling and fuel efficiency. Keep a portable air compressor handy to top up the pressure when necessary.
8. Use Tire Covers
Consider investing in tire covers to protect your tires from harsh winter conditions. These covers can help prevent cracking and extend the life of your tires.
9. Store It in a Dry Place
If possible, store your caravan or motorhome in a dry place during winter. A covered storage facility or garage can provide excellent protection against snow, ice, and other weather elements that could cause damage.
10. Perform Regular Inspections
Even if you're not using your vehicle during the winter, it's essential to perform regular inspections to catch any potential issues early on. Check for signs of pests, moisture build-up, or damage caused by extreme weather conditions.
By following these 10 tips, you can ensure that your caravan or motorhome is well-prepared for the winter season. Taking the time to properly winterise your vehicle will not only protect its value but also make it ready for new adventures when camping season returns.
So don't wait until the last minute – start preparing your caravan or motorhome for winter today!
Caravan and motorhome storage at Southfork Caravan Park
At Southfork Caravan Park, we provide secure storage options for caravans and motorhomes in the South West of England. Our park is conveniently located in Martock, near Yeovil, Somerset, making it easily accessible from the M5 and A303. It's not just a storage facility; you might even consider staying with us for a while when picking up your vehicle before continuing your journey to Devon, Cornwall, or Dorset.
Security and access
We take the security of our customers' caravans and motorhomes very seriously while they are in our care. Our secure storage facility, located within the grounds of Southfork Caravan Park, is equipped with advanced security measures. Access to the park is restricted through automatic number plate recognition barriers, ensuring that only authorized individuals can enter and exit the storage compound.
As part of our storage contract, we provide all the necessary security measures required by your insurers at no additional cost. The perimeter of the storage area is monitored by CCTV cameras, and there is always a staff member present on-site 24/7 to ensure constant surveillance. You can have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are being closely monitored at all times.
Pitch fee reductions to storage customers
We provide reductions on pitch fees for our storage customers and have an on-site workshop for repairs and servicing. This is perfect if you want to give your caravan a thorough check before your first trip of the year.
For more information about our caravan and motorhome storage service in Somerset, South West England, please visit our storage page.
Southfork Caravan Park is open year-round. You can find details of our tariff and more information here, and you can also book online!