Caravans have the ability to last long but their lifespan depends on the way that caravan owners take care of them. Maintenance checks and cleaning are paramount and should be done regularly. After all, your caravan is your ‘home on wheels’ and as a homeowner, you should ensure that your rig is clean, safe and is able to give you the relaxation you need.
Our diverse compilation of tips for caravan maintenance will ensure that your rig’s interior, exterior, plumbing, electrical and chassis are always in top condition.
15 Tips to Care for Your Caravan like a Pro
For you to care for your caravan effectively, you need to know the rig inside out. All caravanners want to keep their vans sturdy, functional and presentable but they just don’t know what to check and what ways they could maintain their caravans’ performance. Adding caravan safety tools and knowing some hacks will ensure that will enjoy your adventures.
1. Use an Immobiliser
An immobiliser prevents the engine from starting on its own when the vehicle is parked. Note that an improperly hitched tow vehicle without an immobiliser tends to overturn when left unattended.
If you’re buying a used caravan, make sure that there’s still available immobiliser for the model that you’re planning to get.
2. Weight Maintenance
Different models have different limits in terms of load they can withstand. Accidents such as snaking and swaying happen because of improper distribution of weight inside the caravan.
From placing the heaviest items around the axle to organising your storage boxes properly, you can avoid incorrect noseweight. When in doubt about the weight of your caravan, you can use a noseweight gauge before and after a trip.
3. Maintain Correct Tyre Pressure
Keeping the right pressure in your tyres is important for safe caravanning. Needless to say, wrong tyre pressure can lead to a dangerous blowout.
Make sure that you know the recommended pressure for your caravan tyres and have your caravan rest 24 hours after filling them. Maintaining correct tyre pressure not only extends the lifespan of the tyres, it will also improve vehicle safety and fuel efficiency.
4. Ensure That Your Caravan Is Well Ventilated
Adding humidifier is another smart way to avoid problems caused by moulds and damp. Proper ventilation can also remove excess moisture and it can prevent corrosion.
5. Add Sensor Lights
Sensor lights are important because they alert you if your caravan is about to hit something or if it is about to collide with another vehicle. Sensor lights also make noise and signals when a thief gets too close to your rig. Most caravans come with pre-installed sensor lights but you can also get them installed if your rig doesn’t have it.
A more advanced sensor technology is a reverse sensor with a camera to aid effortless towing and parking.
6. Storage Hacks
An important tweak to have enough space is to use shoe organisers, under-bed storage, over-the-ceiling storage and cloth pockets.
You can also save space with the use of plastic containers, bungee cords and wooden planks to partition your cupboards.
7. Install Theft Alert
With caravan thefts increasing day-by-day, the best solution is to install theft alarms. It’s also a must to get the doors and windows locked whenever you’re leaving the caravan unattended.
8. Battery Care
Long lasting battery is cost-efficient and reliable. The rule of thumb is to never let the battery charge go lower than 50%, especially during winter. In addition, avoid drying your clothes or other things that can catch fire from the battery heat. To make your caravan batteries last longer, avoid connecting all your electrical appliances at once.
9. Proper Cleaning
Thoroughly cleaning your caravan a couple of times a year will keep its parts from deteriorating and acquiring rust. Plus, it’s a chance for you to remove clutter and ventilate your caravan well.
Just make sure that when cleaning, you’re not using chemicals other than those recommended by your manufacturer. Additionally, stay off high-pressure water hoses as these tend to lock moisture between the seals and joints of your caravan’s frame, which can lead to rust.
9. Caring For Your Fridge
Caravan fridges lose their power when used irresponsibly. To make sure that the fridge will function well during your trip, keep it switched on a day before your departure.
10. Seasonal Cleaning
When there is season or climate change, you need to clean your caravan so it can adjust to the temperature variation. During winter, tyre pressure must be changed and on summer, you can troubleshoot your caravan for possible defects or send it for repairs. Pillows and other upholstery must be tucked away in dry places when the caravan is stored or parked during winter.
11. Practice Towing
If you’re unsure of your towing skills, taking towing lessons will not only make your caravanning trip easier, but also fun. Towing can be improved through practice, just make sure that you are driving in an area that’s not crowded with other vehicles.
12. Have a Parking and Riding Checklist
Every caravanner should keep a private checklist of things to do when entering and exiting a camp site. These include things to check before and after parking your caravan. When exiting a camping site, you need to ensure that you have unhooked electrical and plumbing hoses.
13. Set Time For Tank Flush-Out
You should set a time when you should be clean your caravan’s water tank. During winter, you can treat the drinking water with pink solvent and flush out the tanks during summer. Keep an eye on the digital water gauge level indicator in your caravan to observe blocks and clean it when necessary.
14. Repel Critters, Rats and Rodents
Another common issue amongst caravanners is infestations – ants, critters, bugs, termites and roaches can damage the rig permanently if they’re not taken out immediately. If you ignore the critters, they will eat through your caravan chassis and make endless holes.
You can use a strong sealant on the caravan floor to efficiently block ants and rodents from coming into the rig.
15. Electrical Care
Inspect the rig’s electrical system at least once a week. If there are bugs, insulate the broken wires and knot the edges. Periodically check the electrics by connecting them up and making sure they are working correctly.
Keeping your caravan safe, clean, maintained and thoroughly checked will help you avoid accidents. But, no matter how well you take care of your caravan, it is still a must to get it insured. You have to find an insurance company that offers the coverage that fits your needs.
You can read this blog post if you’re planning to have a caravan adventure soon!