Holidays really haven’t been the same this year but as a caravan owner, you are in the fortunate position to have your own home away from home, allowing you to get away and have a much-needed change of scenery.
A lot of caravanners are looking to get out on some adventures in the UK this winter and for some, this is their first winter of caravanning, so there are some extra considerations to be aware of compared to caravan trips in the summer.
Here are some tips for a safe and enjoyable winter staycation in your caravan:
Pack for all weathers
Whether you are heading up to the Scottish Highlands, or a beautiful coastal spot in Cornwall, the UK weather can be very unpredictable, so it is best to pack for all weather types. Make sure you pack your wellingtons and waterproofs if you want to get out for walks and plenty of warm clothing too.
Fit winter tyres
To give your caravan some extra grip for a safer journey, you can get winter tyres fitted. Alternatively, you should make sure that you give your tyres a thorough inspection for any cracks or damage and check the tyre pressure is correct before you set off. You should also check the tread, as even slightly worn tyres will be dangerous on icy roads.
Take a spare battery
You really don’t want to take any risks with your battery, as being without heating or power will be a worse-case scenario in freezing temperatures, so it is a good idea to take a spare with you just in case.
Change to propane gas
Butane gas is ineffective when the temperature drops below zero, so you should switch over to propane gas for your winter caravanning trips.
Add anti-freeze to waste water
To prevent your waste water from freezing, you can add anti-freeze. Remember, anti-freeze can be poisonous if ingested, so never add to drinking water. However, you can try insulating your piping and water carrier to prevent freezing.
Take grip mats
When the weather is wet or icy, remember to take slip mats to prevent you from getting stuck in the mud or snow/ice.
Check your heating system
Give your heating system a check over before you go. You might want to get it serviced to give you extra peace of mind that your heating won’t break down while you are away.
Drive more carefully
In winter weather, all drivers should be more cautious and drive slower than usual, but this is even more important when driving a caravan. Check your lights are all working and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination before it turns dark. Make sure that contents in your caravan are evenly distributed.
Take a towing jacket
A towing jacket will help protect your caravan from picking up grime and dirt while in transit and prevent issues such as stones cracking your window. The towing jackets from Pro-Tec provide excellent protection against the elements.
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