The weather is getting warmer, the holiday parks are opening up, and it’s time to get ready for summer and show your static caravan some love. To help you get ready quicker, we’ve created an easy checklist to follow.
Check the exterior of your static caravan for any damage caused by storms, high winds, excessive rain or other adverse weather conditions. While you’re checking the exterior, don’t forget to check any skylights and aerials too.
A thorough clean can really make a difference. Removing dirt and grime is essential for maintaining the condition of your caravan. It will look much better after a good clean too.
Windows, seals and doors
Check your windows, doors and any seals for signs of damage and make sure they are watertight.
Check thoroughly for any signs of damp inside your caravan. If you do detect the smell of dampness, place a dehumidifier in the caravan for a few hours to clear any moisture from the air and leave the doors and windows open for a while.
If the site your static caravan is parked on turns water off during the winter months, make sure you check when it’s going to be turned back on.
When the water is turned on, you need to remove any plugs and flush through the water system before you use the caravan for the first time. This is particularly important if antifreeze has been added to any part of the system.
Gas is another utility that sites sometimes turn off during the winter months. So, like water, you’ll need to contact the site to find out when it’s going to be turned back on.
The beginning of the season when you’re doing all of these checks is a perfect time to get your boiler serviced.
Electrics is another utility that sites sometimes turn off during winter.
Once your electricity is on, it’s worth checking to make sure all electrical devices, including the lights, are in good working order. If you’re planning to let out your caravan, you might need to have everything tested professionally.
Fire is one of the most common causes of motorhome insurance claims. Lifesure can provide guidance in the event of a claim. However, you can improve safety and reduce the risk of fire by keeping a fire extinguisher and fire blankets in your motorhome.
When you’re carrying out your pre-season checks, have a look at the expiry date on your fire extinguisher and replace it if needed.
Don’t forget to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work properly. Make sure you change the batteries if needed.
You’ll need to make sure you have an up-to-date copy of your insurance certificate to give to the site office.
Lifesure are independent insurance brokers who specialise in static caravans. We take the time to listen and understand your requirements then we use our knowledge and experience to help you find the right cover for you.