Tips For Readying A Caravan For A New Camping Year

The weather is finally beginning to improve and spring has finally sprung. Your thoughts may be turning to taking the first caravan holiday of the season. But before you go, it is important to make sure that everything is in order. Here are a few tips for readying a caravan for a new camping year:

Check Exterior, Tyres & Fittings for Damage

Before you go anywhere with your caravan, it is important to check it over thoroughly to make sure there has been no damage over the winter months. Look at all the windows and door seals, and check tyres for punctures and pressure.

Check all Safety Features are Operational

It is also important to make sure that all the safety features such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and other safety features are fully operational. It is better for your peace of mind to know that everything is okay before you set off. Make sure you have a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher in case of a conflagration.

Check for Signs of Damp

It is also important to check after winter for signs of damp, which can be the death of a caravan. It is vital that caravan owners check for damp regularly so they can quickly nip any problems in the bud. Check around windows, doors and skylights for leaks, and give the upholstery a quick once over. Take a good sniff around to see whether there is a fusty, mildew smell inside your caravan. Spot damp early and a bit of fresh air circulating, or perhaps a short spell with a dehumidifier can often sort it out.

Do Some Spring Cleaning Inside and Out

Cleaning your caravan thoroughly inside and out will not only make for more pleasant camping experiences when you take it out, but can also make it easier to check the condition of the caravan. A thorough spring clean each year will also help keep your caravan in good condition for longer.

Make Sure Paperwork is all in Order

Finally, before you give your caravan its first outing of the season, it is a good idea to check that you have all the paperwork in order. Check insurances, breakdown cover and other paperwork are all in order and you can begin to prepare and pack everything you will need for your next camping adventure.