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Getting your Caravan Ready for Summer: The Ultimate Checklist

Published on: 05 October 2015

Getting your Caravan Ready for Summer: The Ultimate Checklist

It's hard to believe but the summer holidays are almost here. Before the end-of-year-rush hits, take the time to get your caravan spruced up and ready for the holiday season!

External maintenance

  • Start by giving the caravan a good wash to remove any mould or dust. This will help you to determine if there’s any peeling paint or rusty spots that need to be repaired.
  • Check the running gear for any rust, wear and tear, and grease all moving parts.  Make sure the wheel hub and bearings are well-greased and free of dirt or rust – remember the running gear comprises all the items on a caravan that make it roadworthy.
  • Check the coupling, safety chains and jockey wheel.
  • Test the brakes on the caravan and towing vehicle. Make sure the electric brake controller is connected and working.
  • Test batteries and generators.

Tyre check

  • Check to see if the tyres need pumping up or replacing.
  • Inflate the tyres according to the caravan manufacturer's recommendations. Properly inflated tyres handle better and help save fuel.
  • Look for cracks or bulges on the sidewalls. This can happen when tyres spend long periods in direct sunlight or extreme cold.
  • Check for minimum tread depth, flat spots, uneven wear, and objects caught in the tread.
  • Make sure that you have the right tyres for your vehicle. Tyres should be suited to the maximum weight of the caravan as well as the maximum permitted speed when travelling.

Internal maintenance

  • Over the winter months, bacteria can grow in your water system. Run water through the system to flush it out. Use an appropriate cleaner to sterilise the tanks ready for use. Test for leaks, then refill with fresh water.
  • Reinstall the toilet cassette and check the seals. If they’re dry, a touch of lubricant such as Vaseline should be enough to get them working.
  • Connect to electricity and check the power points and lights.
  • Reconnect the gas and test outlets. Refill gas tanks.
  • Check the fire extinguishers and batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
  • Test all doors, handles and window latches, and tighten or lubricate where necessary.

Spring clean the interior

  • Clean the fridge with a mild detergent and leave the door open to dry.
  • Scrub the bathroom, toilet and sinks.
  • Air mattresses and seating cushions.
  • Wash and replace soft furnishings.
  • Check that the fly screens and window seals are intact, including the seals on the skylight.

Restock supplies

  • Make sure your home-away-from home is fully stocked with all the tools and utensils that you’ll need – canned food is useless to you if you forgot the can opener.
  • You can also keep a check list of necessities and make notes when something is broken, lost or used.

Finally, check that your caravan insurance is up-to-date!

MiWay also offers insurance for your caravan’s contents and accessories. From camping tables, chairs, lamps to your TV and other luxury items – if it is predominantly kept inside your caravan (even when the caravan is not being used), then we have it covered.