Here we run you through some useful checks to make if your caravan has been in storage for a little while.
Lets face it, winter touring really is not everybody's cup of tea and a lot of people opt to wrap the van up and take a break when the sun goes on holiday. If you are one of these people it is almost the time where we need to get back in the vans and do some checks to ensure they are surviving and thriving in winter.
Check the Leisure Battery
If you have a more recent caravan it is likely the leisure battery will be with your caravan to ensure the tracker and alarm are trickle charged while in storage.
This half way check is the ideal opportunity to check the health of the battery and change it over if you have the opportunity - remember the colder the weather the quicker your battery will discharge, regardless of health.
Check For Water Ingress and Damp
Should there be any water ingress after an extended amount of time without using the van you will probably be confronted by the smell before anything else.
If you do jump aboard and there is no smell or any obvious signs it is still worth going round the van and having a check.
You can do this the old fashioned way by simply going round the van and check any part where a panel has been factory cut. So check all the windows, doors, sky lights, aircon units etc etc.
If you do find some damp patches get them cleaned and dry right away as it can spread and cause a lot of damage.
Give The Kitchen And Bathroom A Once Round
As much as you may clean the bathroom and kitchen after every use it is still worth doing it once more.
This where most, if not all, of your water sources are so it is where you may find damp, food, limescale or just general grime.
While doing this cleaning always keep some windows open to let out any fumes from cleaning products and a good gust of wind through the van will do a world of good removing any musky smells
You do not realise until you've finished just how much dust and debris occurs when the van is left unused, so it is always worth having a good vacuum through your caravan to keep it as fresh as possible for the remaining time in storage.
Now for the final check, and maybe the most important? Usually if you find something wrong inside you will go straight to the outside of the van and see where the issue is coming from.
In the event that everything looks good on board it is still worth giving the chassis a once over to see if there are any dings or dents that could lead to further issues down the road.
Checking windows both in and out is always good practice as they are a common place for leaks to occur.
It’s also useful to check your way around lockers ensuring they are all intact and the key slots are not blocked with muck.
Also, weather dependant, give the van a quick clean so no dirt gets embedded on stains the van. If it is left too long without a clean the van can be a nightmare to get site ready come the new season.