Prepare for the cold: Top 15 caravan winter checks  

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  1. Brian Fowler says:

    I used to just drain my caravan down & leave the taps open but since I bought a floe I have found thats not so after putting a floe on I got another 2 & a half pints of water out of the system.

  2. Alistair Gillies says:

    I leave the caravan as is with all furnishings in place. I do however empty all cupboards and leave them open. I also have an oil filled radiator on a frost setting. Van is also thoroughly cleaned and smells fresh. Occasionally I open windows onto first secure setting. Van regularly used over winter

  3. Norman says:

    I tilt my van slitly forward in storage to let the water run off the roof

  4. Dave says:

    Purchased a quality well know breathable caravan cover ready for the winter but the body work has never been dry since so haven’t fitted it yet. Is it advisable to fit it whilst the body is wet or wait to see if it dries out.

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Dave,

      Many thanks for your comment, sorry to hear you’re having problems with your caravan cover.
      I’ve spoke to an expert, who advised that “Whilst the ideal situation would be to fit the cover onto a dry ‘van, you can still fit the cover on a wet van as long as it’s not soaking wet i.e puddles on the roof.”

      Caravan Guard

  5. Geoff Houghton says:

    Don’t use rice as a method of moisture absorption during the winter months. I was advised to use this method by a fellow caravan user, place bowls of rice around the caravan, it will absorb moisture. In reality it attracted mice who had a ‘Christmas Party’ in our caravan whilst chewing and destroying furnishings, curtains and leaving urine and fesses on all surfaces which gave off a pungent smell. Very hard to remove!

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Geoff,

      Thanks for getting in touch – I’m sure others will find that useful to know!

  6. Bill Rigby says:

    To stop damp in my caravan over winter, I sit a dehumidifier on the worktop next to the sink and drain it into the sink; just leave it on for a couple of days once a month.
    The anti freeze I use for the drain traps is Freezeban a non-toxic antifreeze suitable for water systems, I would not recommend a strong car radiator type of anti-freeze as it may damage the pipe seals.

  7. Michael Charlton says:

    Again good advice for winter storage. Another method if like me home storage for soft furnishings, and wheels ect, is rather limited, try jacking up your van so the tyres are just clear of the ground then slip a good axle stand under either side of the chassis as close to the vans axle as possible. Some people may frown upon this method, however I have used it for many years now with no after affects. One point though, before jacking, place a strong flat piece of wood between the jack head and the chassis member.

  8. Paul Stevenson says:

    Very useful information thanks.

  9. Paul Francis says:

    I use my caravan as a lodging for when I am at work. What suggestions do you have for those living in a caravan during the winter months?

  10. john myers says:

    if you put a few dried peas with the salt its stops water flowing over the tubs that catch the damp in the air .

  11. geoff. gilbert says:

    Last winter I covered the c’van with a well known cover. I removed it when I found it was permanently wet, under it, on the c’vans body. Is this a problem ?

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Geoff, thanks for getting in touch. Most caravan covers are designed to keep water out and the caravan dry. I’d suggest you speak to your cover manufacturer, there may be an problem with the cover itself or the caravan may not have been covered correctly. Thanks


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