Maintenance Tips for Static Caravans
Static caravans are appreciated for being quite easy to maintain. In order to make sure the caravan is kept in a fully functioning condition, it helps to put in place a basic maintenance program. Here are seven tips to maintaining the caravan:
Gutters – Keep the gutters free of dirt and debris. This is a simple, yet important job to complete at regular intervals. It is especially important in the autumn and winter for the caravans with a lot of overhanging trees. If the water is allowed to stay in the gutter, it can start to penetrate the roof, which can cause quite significant damp issues.
External panels – To maintain the external appearance of the static caravan, the outside panels should be given a good clean once or twice per year. Use soapy hot water and a sponge to get rid of the initial buildup of dirt and finish with a high-quality wax to provide extra protection to the caravan.
Air Vents – Air vents are helpful for a variety of reasons. An important issue relates to gas safety. They are also needed to let the air circulate to avoid issues with moisture buildup and damp. It is crucial the vents are kept free of obstruction to make sure they are able to function as intended.
Electricity & gas – The electric supply and gas bottle should be turned off if planning on leaving the caravan empty for a long time, such as the winter break. General maintenance of these vital components is necessary. The pipe work for the gas supply can corrode, so should be inspected at regular intervals. They should be replaced if the existing orange gas pipe is over 5 years. A regular test of the gas appliances is also a worthwhile safety precaution. A two or three-year inspection is general recommended to ensure the safety of those using the caravan.
Doors & windows – Make sure the hinges are kept free and clear of dirt and well oiled. Poorly maintained hinges can start to break or twist and cause more significant damage.
Fire Alarm – Similar to fire safety in the home, it is important the batteries in the gas and fire alarm system are checked and tested each year. Also, make sure the fire extinguishers are kept in date.
Underneath – Avoid blocking the underneath of the caravan since this can cut the air flow and cause issues with mold and damp. Also, don’t place items of a combustible nature beneath the static caravan as this is a fire hazard.