How to Look After Your Campervan
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A campervan is an investment that needs looking after much in the same way as your home and your car does.
If you have just purchased a campervan for the first time, you may be wondering how you can keep your brand-new vehicle in mint condition for longer.
Read on to discover everything you need to do to protect your investment, from how to keep your campervan protected from the elements to where to store your campervan when it is not in use.
Invest in a campervan cover
One of the most important purchases you will ever make for your campervan, a campervan cover helps to protect your vehicle from the elements.
Weatherproofing your caravan and awning is a smart idea, and you should look for a cover that is breathable and waterproof, as this will help to protect your campervan from moisture, dampness, dirt, and UV damage.
Ensure good airflow
When your campervan is not in use, it is more susceptible to dampness and mold. To prevent these from occurring, you need to make sure there is good airflow throughout.
To achieve this, ensure the kitchen and bathroom areas are clean and dry before placing your campervan in storage, leave the fridge door ajar, and remove any seating cushions and store them in an upright position in a dry place inside your campervan.
Drain the water system
During the colder months of the year, sharp frost can occur if you leave water in the system. This can cause costly damage to both your pipes and your water pump.
To prevent this from happening, make sure you fully drain all water systems before placing your campervan in storage. This includes the bathroom, shower, toilet, and any other water sources.
Check for roof damage
If the roof of your campervan becomes damaged, this can be expensive to fix. Therefore, you need to make sure you are regularly checking for issues such as tears, dents, leaks, and rust in the paintwork.
If you notice any issues, you should deal with them immediately before the problem gets worse. You can check for leaks by using a hose pipe to wet the roof of your campervan and then check the interiors to see if any water has seeped through.
Store your campervan safely
When not in use, it is vital that you store your campervan in a safe and sheltered location. If possible, keep your campervan at home, as this allows you to keep an eye on it throughout the winter months. You may also want to invest in an alarm system to prevent opportunist thieves from stealing your investment.
If you do not have space to store your campervan at home, another option is to keep it on a secure storage site. You can find sites that offer all-year-round storage as well as ones that allow you to reserve a pitch for shorter periods of time. For optimum security, look for sites with CCTV cameras and an access control system.