Posted on: 22 June 2017Share
If you're thinking about buying a caravan, you'll be opening up a whole new world of possibilities. You'll be able to truly explore the magnificent Australian countryside at your own pace, surrounded by familiar things and loving family. Yet it is unlikely that you will be using your caravan throughout the year and when the cold, damp conditions arise, you'll want to make sure that you look after your new addition properly. So that you don't have to endure some expensive repair bills at the start of next season, what do you need to consider during that "down time?"
Where Will You Store It?
Be very careful where you store your caravan when it is not in use for the long-term. Certainly, these are outdoor vehicles but if you can store it under a roof, that will be so much the better. Be wary of parking it beneath any trees for shelter, as storms could bring falling branches and leaves could accumulate on top. If you don't have an indoor space, consider buying a breathable cover.
External Cleaning and Inspection
Before you put everything away, give the caravan a clean from top to bottom. If there is any mould or mildew, this would remove it and it'll also give you the opportunity to inspect every item of bodywork and the chassis. If you've never cleaned it before, think twice before using a pressure washer, as this may cause more damage than you might think.
Focus on the Interior
Pay particular attention to the interior when you're inspecting and cleaning. Do not use this as a storage receptacle for the off-season and try and allow as much space inside as you can for increased airflow. Always leave the door of the fridge open and try to leave wardrobe and cupboard doors ajar as well. Don't leave cushions on fabric surfaces, if you can avoid this. It's a good idea to put a very light smear of grease onto any hinges, as this will help to prevent them from rusting.
Water and Sewer
Empty all the water systems and open the taps, so that no liquid is left in the system. Otherwise, it could cause a big accumulation of mould or in certain cold places could even freeze. Pay particular attention to the septic system. This should be completely emptied and carefully cleaned. Flush this system through many times with clean water, before you finish.
If you find anything that warrants further attention during your inspection, don't just leave it and vow to do it at the start of next season. Likewise, if you find any damage caused by mould or dampness, get it fixed by qualified repairers now.