With the miserable days of winter finally behind us, it’s time to think about getting your static caravan ready to reopen for the summer months. The last thing you want is spending the first few days of your caravan holiday cleaning up and making sure everything is prepared to accommodate you. Our experienced team at NACO are on hand to provide you with advice and guidance, coming together to create this full comprehensive guide to getting your caravan ready for your jolly holidays. Keep reading to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be!
The first step to making sure your static caravan is ready to reopen over the summer is to be organised. With all the other events happening throughout the year, it can be easy to forget that the annual set up is required, or you may underestimate when exactly the British weather turns from grey and rainy to endless sunshine (hint: it can happen earlier in the year than you think!).
We recommend making a note in your phone's calendar for a few weeks before you plan to use your caravan so you know it’s time to head down and get it prepared.
When you get to your caravan, it’s time to complete a full spring clean to get rid of dust that has gathered, any insects that stole away through cracks or crevices in your static caravans doors or windows, and making sure the interior is free of dirt and grime. If your static caravan is a while away from your home, you could look into hiring a cleaning company in the area local to your holiday park who can access it to do the big clean for you so that when you arrive to use your static caravan, it’s fully prepared and spotlessly clean for you.
During your clean up, it’s essential that you also have a good look at the exterior of your caravan, not only to make sure there isn’t any damage but also to remove any dirt or grime that could’ve built up over the winter months. Some of the worst weather we Brits experience is during winter, with storms, hail, freezing temperatures, and snow to be expected. When you’re preparing your static caravan for use, you need to make sure that none of the debris from this bad weather has broken windows or caused cracks in the caravan shell.
To make your life easier, you should store a small amount of basic tools inside your caravan so that you easily have the right equipment on hand should you stumble across a repair that needs taking care of. Some of the essential tools to have include:
A Multibit Screwdriver which not only negates the need for several different types of screwdrivers, but also lets you take care of tightening, loosening, or replacing screws.
Disposable Gloves that can be used to protect your hands from chemicals or rough cleaning products while you prepare your static caravan for summer.
A Small Claw Hammer is the perfect tool for taking something apart, removing nails and pegs, or reapplying nails and pegs.
Penetrating Oil to take care of any doors or windows that may be stiff, creaky, or difficult to open due to disuse. Some brands include WD-40 and own brands like Wickes.
Spare Screws and Nails that are handy if you need to replace a broken or loose screw or nail and don’t have the time to stop by the nearest DIY shop to your static caravan.
Since you should have turned off your water supply when you left your static caravan, you will need to turn the connection back on and make sure water is flowing from your taps and refilling your toilet. Do this by allowing your taps to run for a few minutes until water pours out and by flushing your toilet to make sure it is getting properly refilled. Having to sort out a reliable source of water at the start of your holiday can be time consuming and take the happy mood out of your initial arrival. By taking care of it in advance, you can rest assured knowing that everything is ready to go.
By following our guide, you guarantee that your static caravan is properly reopened and ready for upcoming holidays and events! By making sure you’re organised, you can start the full reopening process before you’re due to revisit your caravan for extended periods. If you live far away from your static caravan and have the budget for it, hiring outside help like cleaners or repairmen means that even from a distance, you can make sure your static caravan is properly set up!
If you’re looking for more advice or guidance on preparing your static caravan for reopening, or have any questions at all, feel free to get in touch with our friendly, expert team today! We’re on hand to provide all the information you need to ensure your static caravan is ready for the summer! We’re just a phone call away on 01255 820321 and we can’t wait to hear from you!
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Published on 24 June 2022 By Dan Ellacott