You may be on a park that doesn’t close for the winter but either way it is important that you take adequate storm and security precautions, as both are of paramount importance.
As they say “prevention is better than cure”, and we hope that the following is of use to you…
• Remove soft furnishings and curtains to protect from damp.
• Stand seat cushions up on end to allow air to circulate around them.
• Ensure all fixed ventilation is not obstructed and that internal doors wardrobes and cupboard doors are left ajar to allow an uninterrupted flow of air to circulate throughout the interior.
• Clean and empty the fridge and freezer, switch off, and wedge open the door.
• Remove all foodstuffs to avoid attracting vermin.
• Check all windows and doors are tightly closed and ensure nothing is trapped in them.
• Ensure any loose items are safely secured.
• Ensure that vents are never obstructed
- this is a vital safety precaution where gas is used.
• Use bowls of salt or moisture traps around the holiday home.
Clean the outside of the caravan to prevent the build-up of dirt, there are many specialist products available for this, however a lot of you are happy with a bucket of soapy water and a brush.
Check the seals and seams are all in order to prevent storm damage, water ingress and ensure security. This is particularly important as most insurance policies do not cover water coming in through seals etc.
Check that any skylights, windows and doors are secure and sealed correctly. If possible, ensure that any guttering is cleared of any debris or obstruction. If the chassis is accessible, take a look at the anchor points and jacks.
Any aerial brackets should be checked. If your caravan is in a particularly exposed position you may want to remove the aerial over the winter period.
Other items that should be checked and secured are:
• Deckings / Verandahs
• Storage Boxes
• Gas Bottles
• Garden Furniture
Any loose items should be locked away in your sheds/storage boxes or in the caravan itself to prevent potential damage to your caravan or any neighbouring caravans from debris hitting the external panels etc.
If you are on a site were it necessary to have you unit anchored, the anchor points should also be checked.
Also be aware of any and trees plants that surround your caravan, if the proximity of these causes you concern, you should advise your park both verbally and in writing.
It is also extremely important to know what your insurance policy covers to make sure you have taken sufficient precautions yourself – some policies will place conditions on storm and winter weather cover.
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Published on 22 December 2022 By Jenny Blumsom