How Do I Prepare My Caravan for Winter?
For many caravan owners winter is the time of year when they put the caravan away until spring. It is important to perform a couple of steps to make sure your caravan is put to storage properly. Going through the caravan there are a number of things we need to do and we are going to start off with cleaning the caravan.
Step 1. Cleaning The Caravan
Cleaning a caravan is very simple. All we need to do is clean everything outside and inside. We start on the outside and we start by cleaning the roof. Cleaning the roof brings out all of the dirt and grime off and down to the sides. We need to clean the sides and make sure the whole caravan is spotlessly clean.
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TOP TIP! Buy yourself a pack of paint brushes from a hardware store. Get yourself a two-inch brush and use that to really get into all the nooks and crannies in between the joints of your panels and around the awning rails and indeed the gutters as well. Make sure you pull off as much mold and mildew as you possibly can and make sure the caravan is spotless. Mold tends to be green or black and usually grows underneath the surface of anything that has gotten wet. On the other hand, mildew is typically white, gray or yellow and grows on the surface of moist warm areas.
Once the caravan is spotless, what we do next is apply a winterizing solution on the outside of the caravan. Fenwick’s Overwintering Exterior Protector is an ideal product which you just spray over the caravan and instantaneously produces an invisible barrier that hides and dispels moisture from the surface of your caravan. When spring arrives, just wash it off and apply a good car wax. This product is safe for use on caravans & motorhomes. Provides a protective 'jacket' for the winter months. Its unique properties actively repel water, dirt and algae without the need for a cover. Simply apply after cleaning.
Next, we go over the entire caravan and we wax the entire surface after applying the overwintering protector. A thin coat is enough to dispel any moisture and helps the water runoff from the caravan. Once we have cleaned the outside we need to nip inside and clean all the cupboards. What we are going to do is wipe down the cupboard doors, wipe down the covered interiors and vacuum out any crumbs or any muck which may be inside.
Remember to take out any food items left behind inside the caravan such as half-eaten packets of cornflakes for instance. We generally leave tinned food items in the caravan because well they are never going to release any odors or go off (an emergency tin of baked beans, an emergency can of soup etc.). We can safely leave these items in the caravan but everything else make sure you remove it and if you have salt and pepper make sure you take those out as well, the salt will attract moisture and they will become useless when you come to reuse the caravan.