Taking Care Of Your Static Caravan & Holiday Home

This is just a quick overview of the things you should be doing to maintain your static caravan holiday home and I will be adding more detailed guides on caravan maintenance as soon as I can.

Your caravan insurance may be able to overcome
financial losses in the event of a tragedy but it
will not subdue anxiety and inconvenience that
is bound to arise in the event of loss or damage
to your property.
Care and maintenance of your static caravan holiday
is very important, particularly during the closed
season or through the winter months. Taking
precautionary measures with regard to security
and maintenance can keep your caravan in good
condition and help to protect your investment.


When you bought your holiday caravan you should
have been provided with an owner’s handbook.
This is a very useful guide to maintaining all
aspects of your holiday caravan. If you haven’t
got one try giving your manufacturer a call to
see if they can provide you with one.

Security

• Ensure that windows and doors have security
devices to be utilised when the caravan is
unoccupied. If your windows already have locks
ensure that they are used.
• Consider fitting an alarm system. Many different
options are available – some are monitored by
the park office, others can alert you by texting your
mobile - there is an abundance of choice. As with
any security feature, making sure that it functions
correctly is essential. Some parks make it mandatory to have an approved alarm fitted.
• Take any valuables home with you.
• Ensure that televisions and other desirable
electrical items are removed if you intend to be
away from the caravan for an extended period
of time. If you aren’t able to take them away, make
sure that they are out of sight. Ensure that they
are placed in areas that are dry as electrical goods
are susceptible to damage in damp conditions.
• Closing your curtains may not be the best idea
to deter any would-be thief. Leaving them open
will ensure that anyone looking in can see that
the caravan has been cleared of any valuable items.

Draining Down & Frost Damage

If your holiday home is to be left unoccupied during
the winter months or in cold weather it is necessary
to ensure that the water system is drained down
when unoccupied to avoid frost damage. Check your
insurance policy to see how cover is provided during
periods when the caravan is unoccupied. Your
chosen insurer will be able advise you of any exclusions
or restrictions.
Your manufacturer’s handbook should be able to
provide specific guidance about your system. If you
are unsure about conducting the process yourself,
ask your park for assistance. Many operators offer
a winterisation service and it is worth considering
if you don’t have the ability, time or equipment to
undertake the drain down.

Quick Drain Down Overview

• Turn off the gas supply.
• Turn off the water supply.
• Locate external water drainage plugs
underneath your caravan and open them.
• Turn on all taps including the shower and
leave open. Make sure that nothing obstructs
plugholes and leave the showerhead in the
shower tray or bath.
• Flush the toilet and ensure that all water
is drained from the cistern.
• The pipe work should be ‘blown through’ using
compressed air to make sure that all water has
been removed from your holiday home.
• It is advisable to add a small amount of antifreeze
or salt into any remaining water in the
toilet as well as traps in the sinks and showers.
• Ensure that any water heaters are drained.
Having already isolated the gas supply, turn the
water temperature control to position 1 (warm)
and then having a suitable container below the
drain valve, allow the water content to drain
by unscrewing the drain down valve. The drain
down valve should not be replaced until the
water heater is used again.

Regularly Used Caravans

For people who visit their holiday caravan every
weekend and not consider that draining the
entire system down is appropriate. However, steps
should be taken to ensure that the risk of damage
is minimised in winter weather.

A cut down version of the full drain down only
takes a short while to complete:
• Turn off the gas
• Turn off the water
• Run the taps
This will ensure that the majority of the water in your
pipe work has been flushed and any adverse weather
conditions will hopefully cause little or no damage.

Winter Care For Your Static Caravan

If you intend to use your holiday home in weather or
during periods below freezing point, it is important to
maintain heating continuously to protect your internal
plumbing. Many systems have a ‘frost stat’ setting
that can also be utilised as appropriate.

If you are not going to be using the caravan for a long period the the following steps should be taken.

• Remove soft furnishings and curtains to
protect from damp.
• Stand seat cushions up on end to allow air
to circulate around them.
• Ensure all fixed ventilation is not obstructed and
that internal doors, wardrobes and cupboard doors
are left ajar to allow an uninterrupted flow of air to
circulate throughout the interior.
• Clean and empty the fridge and freezer and
wedge open the door.
• Remove all foodstuffs to avoid attracting vermin.
• Turn off the electric supply.
• Clean the gutters and clean the exterior.
• Check all windows and doors are tightly
closed and ensure nothing is trapped in them.
• Ensure any loose items are safely secured.
• Ensure vents are never obstructed.

This is a vital safety precaution where gas is used.
Return to your static caravan holiday home periodically to check on
its condition if at all possible.

Winter External Maintenance

• Your holiday home should be visually inspected
for damage to the gutter, panels and other external
features. Pay particular attention to roof seals for
any sign of shrinkage or cracking and re-seal where
necessary.
• Windows and doors should be checked for leaks.
All seals should be examined for any sign of
shrinkage or cracking and re-seal where necessary.
Oil all door and window catches, locks and hinges
annually.
NOTE: Some static caravan insurance policies do
not provide cover for defective seals and seams.
• Gutters and down pipes should be kept clear
of any blockages. The roof should be visually
inspected to check for structural damage. However,
never walk on or place heavy objects on the roof
of your holiday home.
• The chassis of your holiday home should be
inspected at regular intervals. If rust appears, clean
off with a wire brush or abrasive paper, apply a primer
and repaint. This is particularly relevant in coastal locations. Protect tyres from direct sunlight and
check pressures.
• Wash and polish the exterior paneling whilst
checking sealant in the joints. Refer to your owner’s
manual or contact your manufacturer for more
detailed guidance.
• Check the underneath of the caravan for leaks.
• Corner steadies should be cleaned and greased
annually.

Photos

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