As winter’s frosty embrace is upon us, have you prepared your cherished caravan for a season of rest? Winterizing your caravan is not just about protecting it from the cold; it’s about ensuring it emerges from its hibernation in top-notch condition. Here are our top 10 tips to guide you through the process of getting your caravan ready for winter storage.

1. Begin with a Thorough Clean:

Before tucking your caravan away, give it a comprehensive cleaning both inside and out. Remove any traces of dirt, grime, or leftover food to prevent odours and deter pests during its winter storage.

2. Protect the Water System:

Drain the water system completely to prevent freezing from causing damage over the winter months. This includes the water heater, pipes, and tanks. Why not invest in a Floë drainage kit to make sure there’s no residual water left anywhere in the system? 

a caravan in the snow on the edge of a lake

3. Say Farewell to Propane:

Turn off and disconnect the propane supply to appliances. This precautionary step prevents any potential gas leaks during the winter months. As spring rolls around and you prepare for your next adventure call Devon Gas to get your bottles of propane or butane.

4. Safeguard the Battery:

Remove the caravan’s battery and store it in a cool, dry place. Consider using a battery maintainer to keep it charged, ensuring it’s ready to power your adventures when spring arrives. 

5. Preserve the Tires:

Inflate the tires to the recommended pressure and consider using tire covers to shield them from the elements. If possible, elevate the caravan when it’s in storage to reduce pressure on the tires and prevent flat spots.

a tyre close up with an upturned caravan behind

6. Seal All Entry Points:

Inspect your caravan for any gaps or openings where unwanted guests like rodents could enter. Seal these openings with silicone or weatherstripping to keep your caravan critter-free.

7. Invest in a Quality Cover:

Choose a breathable caravan cover to shield your vehicle from winter’s harsh conditions. A well-fitted cover protects against snow, ice, and frost while allowing for proper ventilation. Local caravan accessory suppliers Leisure Shop Direct can supply covers for all-size caravans.

8. Keep it Ventilated:

While sealing gaps is crucial, it’s equally important to allow for ventilation. Crack open a roof vent or window slightly to prevent condensation buildup, which can lead to mould and mildew. 

9. Conduct Periodic Checks:

Visit your caravan periodically during its winter storage to check for any issues. Clear off accumulated snow, ensure the cover is secure, and confirm that no unwanted visitors have made a winter home inside.

10. Plan for Spring:

As you prepare your caravan for winter, also plan for its awakening. Make a checklist of tasks to perform before hitting the road again, including system checks, a thorough cleaning, and inspecting for any winter-induced wear and tear. Now is also a good time to get your caravan serviced, with service centres often less busy in the winter months. DNR Mobile Caravan Services is a reputable local business that could help.

a motorhome in a field before sunset

 A Winter Well Spent Ensures an Adventure-Ready Spring

Winterizing your caravan is a labour of love—a commitment to the care and preservation of your cherished home on wheels. By following these top 10 tips, you’re not just protecting your investment; you’re ensuring that your caravan emerges from its winter rest rejuvenated and ready for a new season of unforgettable adventures.

Contact us for a safe, secure storage solution for your caravan this winter!



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