Your Static Caravan Holiday Home - Winter Maintenance Tips


25 October 2015

We are coming to the end of a busy season here at Vale Holiday Parks and as winter approaches its perhaps time to think about those maintenance jobs to help with the general upkeep of your holiday home.

Most modern static caravans these days are built using modern materials and are designed and constructed to minimize the exterior maintenance throughout the year. However, the elements can certainly take the toll on our holiday homes so here are a few tips to help your static home to remain in a great condition for next season and beyond.

Exterior

The build up of grime and dirt on the outside of your caravan encourages damp and moisture to cling which can increase deterioration. We recommend a thorough wash down either by hand or pressure wash.

Roof & Guttering 

Moss can build up on the roofs of caravans which can encourage damp and deterioration, and along with leaves can block guttering. A clear gutter is essential to ensure water is taken directly away from the caravan as quickly as possible. It is, therefore, important to check guttering regularly and remove leaves, moss, and debris.

Check the Anchorage

Secure the caravan so that it is safe during a harsh winter. Check for a build up of rust and report any major faults to our park owners. Make sure debris and vegetation is removed from under and around the caravan helping air to circulate and prevent damp.

Water tank

Make sure that the water tank is cleaned and add anti-freeze the whole system to prevent the pipes from breaking in the depths of winter.

Windows

Before the caravan is locked for the winter it is good practice to check all the windows to ensure that they are in good working order. Damaged rubber seals or loose windows will only worsen in the winter months so now maybe a good time to change those faulty ones. Check the locks and any window alarms are in working order.

Gas/Electrical

All gas and electrical systems should be isolated when the holiday home is left empty for the winter. Please check our park office for further guidelines.

Condensation

To help prevent the build up of condensation and damp within the holiday home some owners leave out dehumidifier crystals, moisture traps or salt bowls to absorb the damp. The build up of condensation is inevitable throughout the winter and these measures are a way of keeping condensation to a controllable level.

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