In today’s blog post, we will answer the following question: Should you cover a caravan in winter? We will give you a few helpful tips for leaving your caravan safe during winter.
Should you cover a caravan in winter?
Yes, you should cover a caravan in winter with good quality, breathable and light caravan cover. A caravan with a protective cover can be safely stored inside and outside, no matter the season, but especially in winter.
A caravan cover has many advantages, but these are the most important ones:
- The caravan stays dry no matter the weather;
- The caravan is protected against dirt, dust and UV rays;
- The protective cover consists of several layers in order to protect the caravan as well as possible from any possible damage;
- A caravan kept well has a much higher resale price.
By covering the vehicle, you will have the satisfaction of finding it clean in the spring and you will only have to carry out small annual maintenance work before setting off again on the roads.
What to pay attention to when buying a caravan cover?
When buying a caravan protective cover, it is important to pay attention to the following points:
- Does the cover “breathe”?
Check whether the caravan protective cover is breathable. If the trailer gets wet, the moisture can be drawn from the inside to the outside because the fabric breathes. This prevents the formation of mould. If you choose a cover that breathes, mould growth is impossible.
- With or without a zipper?
If you go to the garage in the winter to pick up or put something in the trailer, you can easily get into the trailer by opening the zippers around the door. You don’t need to completely remove the protective cover. If you benefit from it, be sure to choose a protective cover with a zipper.
- What size do I need?
Next, the most important: how do you know which size you need? The size is determined based on the width and length of the caravan. To get the exact size, it is important to measure the width and length.
Width: The width most caravans have are 220, 235 and 250 cm. These sizes are maximum, so if you are 225cm tall, for example, you choose the 235cm size.
Length: To determine the length correctly, you measure the caravan on the longest part. So, for example, measure the bike rack if you have mounted it on the caravan. In the photo to the right, you can see exactly what you need to measure. As you can see, you are not measuring the tongue.
Do you measure length 480 cm? You then choose size 427-518. You are 680cm tall, you choose size 640-701. If the length is between the sizes shown, this size is suitable for your caravan.
Helpful tips for leaving your caravan parked for the winter
If you are in possession of a caravan, a motorhome or a camper van, or if you plan to acquire one soon, it is likely that you will not be able to inhabit it throughout the year, since the obligations and the work sometimes make it difficult for us to enjoy our vehicle as much as we would like.
That is why sometimes we are forced to park our vehicle for long periods of time waiting for a vacation period in which we can enjoy it as it should. This section offers useful tips to keep your vehicle in good condition during that period of time in which we have our uninhabited vehicle parked in a caravan park.
An important factor to consider is the weather. If we park the caravan outdoors and the weather is cold, it is necessary to pay attention to issues such as water. It is advisable to empty all the tanks because in case of freezing the water occupies more volume and our pipes, the pump or taps can crack and even break.
Humidity is one of the biggest enemies of a parked caravan, so certain precautions must be taken. It is convenient to park it in well-ventilated places with minimal humidity, separating it from other caravans or walls so that the air circulates well.
If you have a caravan, it is advisable to cover the hitch head with a tarp or cover it to protect it from oxidation, but leaving a hole open at the bottom to keep it dry.
If it is not too inconvenient, it is advisable to visit the caravan regularly to open it and ventilate it. If it is in a very humid place, the heating can be turned on to dry the environment.
Putting a dehumidifier can also be a good option, in addition to leaving the aerators open. It is important not to leave anything in contact with the roof of the caravan to avoid condensation.
They may seem obvious, but it is important to cut off the gas and electricity, as well as not to leave anything in the fridge.
Tires are another important issue to consider, as a vehicle of such weight needs extra care. When parking it, it is advisable to cover the tires with thermal covers, although the really ideal (and complicated) thing would be to dismantle them. It is necessary to lower the legs and place reinforcement legs or braces to relieve the weight on the tires, especially in the central part.
It is also important not to leave the parking brake under tension, because if the lever is not unlocked, it may remain locked.
Tips for travelling in a caravan in winter
If you decide to travel in your caravan during winter days, it is highly recommended to do good planning of the trip, since the weather conditions are not the best during the cold season.
Snow, heavy rain, cold or ice may be very present on the road. But you don’t have to worry, today’s caravan brands are prepared for all types of climates. What’s more, new caravans on the market are becoming better equipped to be able to use them regardless of the season of the year.
- The heating: If snowfall is expected on your trip, you must take into account the exit of smoke. It is very important to avoid the accumulation of snow on the roof, it can block the exit.
Before turning it on, check that there is no obstruction. In older caravan brands that do not have heating systems, you can use an electric heater. In the case of new caravans you will find quite a few heating systems: central, forced air, fuel.
- Propane gas: You should not use butane bottles in temperatures that are below zero degrees Celsius. Butane is gasified, therefore, always use propane gas bottles and do not forget to take a spare as in winter you will put it to good use.
- Water tanks: it is important to monitor them, low temperatures can freeze our installation, so empty all the tanks when you have the caravan parked.
- Always dry electrical installation: be very careful here, check that the batteries are charged, in winter they discharge faster, and check that the external connections do not get wet.
- Exterior care: It is important to grease the locks. Water or moisture can get into them and freeze them. In addition, it is recommended that, if you have been informed of the storm and there is frost at night, do not forget to use insulating tape to cover the keyholes.
The bottom line
Caravan covers are essential during winter. Besides protecting your caravan from dirt, dust, winds, rain, snow – it also is a great ally against dampness, mould and burglaries. By covering the vehicle, you will have the satisfaction of finding it clean in the spring and you will only have to carry out small annual maintenance work before setting off again on the roads.
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FAQ on Should you cover a caravan in winter?
How do I prepare my caravan for wintering?
Here are a few tips to prepare your caravan for wintering:
- Empty the water heater.
- Empty and clean the toilet tanks.
- Remove the gas cylinder (s).
- Put the windows in the ventilation position.
- Open the bathroom door.
- Do not unscrew the feet.
- Do not put plastic sheeting on the caravan.
- Put the clean trailer in the garage.
Where to wash your motorhome?
You can wash your motorhome at a garage or do it yourself. When cleaning your motorhome, start with the outside and in particular the roof because this is the place that accumulates the most residue and therefore needs a little more attention.
How to protect a motorhome?
The first solution is the most economical: the protective cover. It covers a motorhome that usually sleeps outside. It is never advisable to leave a motorhome outdoors for a long period, it is damaged and degrades more quickly (bodywork, gaskets, batteries, tires, etc.)