Worried about damp in your caravan? It’s a concern for every caravanner but with regular checks, ventilation and curbing the condensation when using your ‘van you can make sure it’s an issue you’re always on top of.
In this video, caravanner Dan Trudgian explains what damp is, how to check for damp in your caravan, as well as looking at a damp meter and what the readings mean. We also have five top tips for reducing condensation and damp in your caravan.
The longer you water ingress or damp untreated, then the worse it will develop and potentially become very costly to remedy and repair.
Checking for damp in your caravan
When carrying out regular jobs, such as cleaning your caravan, use this as an opportunity to check for damp or water ingress by checking seals and sealant, particularly around windows, seals, locker doors, etc. Check all sealant for any signs of damage, such as cracking or peeling. Also look for any knocks, cracks or areas such as aerial points or where other bits of equipment that might have been added to the caravan to check that things like drill holes have been properly sealed.
Inside the caravan, use your nose and check the upholstery for any musty smells. Also run your hand around the wall boards to make sure there’s no dimpling and that it doesn’t feel wet or spongy to touch. Also look for any signs of discolouration on the walls, again particularly around windows and in the lockers. If the floor feels spongy or even creaky, this could be a sign of damp or water ingress.
If you’re into gadgets then you can invest in a damp meter to find out how much moisture is in your caravan. It will give a percentage scale of how much moisture there is in the areas of your caravan touched by the meter’s prongs.
If you are worried about damp levels, make sure you get it checked out at by a professional at your local dealership, caravan service centre or by a mobile engineer, so they can give it a thorough inspection.
Tips for reducing the risk of damp in your caravan
- Use your caravan
Use your caravan as often as you can and keep it well ventilated, especially in colder months
- Curb condensation
Limit condensation by not drying wet clothes in your caravan. If you have a build up of condensation after cooking, taking showers or in the mornings, open windows and skylights.
- Wipe down walls
Use a clean micro fibre cloth to wipe down walls and windows if you get a build-up of condensation.
- Air the caravan
Open all locker doors and if possible remove cushions and mattresses when leaving your caravan for long periods.
- Consider moisture traps
Dehumidifier crystals or even cat litter can help soak up any excess moisture. Use moisture traps where air doesn’t circulate as much.
For more tips on spotting and preventing damp in your caravan see our earlier article. And remember damage caused by damp is not covered by your caravan insurance with Caravan Guard, which is why it’s important to make sure it’s serviced annually at an NCC approved caravan dealership or workshop. They can carry out a full damp inspection and report, making sure any water ingress or damp issues are quickly spotted and treated.