How to de-winterise your caravan & embrace spring

Do you fancy the thought of spring but dread looking inside your touring or static caravan after its winter nap? You’re not alone. 

Peeling back that cover to find a chilly, forgotten space can feel like opening a Pandora’s box—where do you even start to prepare your caravan for the new season?

It’s a bit like staring down a mountain from the bottom. But here’s the thing—we’ve all faced that mountain.

So, let’s throw worry out the window and get stuck into de-winterising your caravan ahead of spring.


Getting started: the de-winterising checklist

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s lay down the groundwork. Preparing your caravan for the new season isn’t just about ticking boxes—it’s about breathing life back into your home on wheels.

You’ll need a few essentials, such as:

  • a good set of tools—a multi-tip screwdriver, assorted screws, adjustable spanners, a ratchet spanner, scissors, and pliers
  • cleaning supplies—a bucket of warm water, sponges, and a chamois leather for the exterior, and the interior will require household disinfectant, microfibre cloths, dusters, and a vacuum cleaner 
  • a hefty dose of elbow grease (this is what it takes to get your caravan sparkling again!)


Tyre maintenance for tourers

First up, tyres. They’ve been sitting idle, and like us, after a long sit-down, they need a check-up. 

Inspecting for wear and tear isn’t just about looking for obvious flats. It’s about spotting those sneaky signs of ageing—cracks, bulges, etc.

And pressure? It’s probably dropped faster than your enthusiasm when you first thought about this task. Pump them to the recommended level, and you’re one step closer to a smooth ride.


Water system preparation

Ah, the water system. It’s been hibernating, and now it’s time to wake it up gently. Draining the antifreeze is step one. Think of it as coaxing your caravan out of its winter slumber.

Next, sterilising the water system is crucial. Why? Because nobody wants their first sip of spring to taste like last year’s leftovers.

A simple bleach solution can do wonders, just make sure to rinse thoroughly. Remember, it’s all about starting fresh.


Safety and security checks

Now, onto the guardians of your caravan. Test the smoke alarms and anti-theft devices, and the brakes and road lights if you own a tourer. Testing them might seem like a chore, but it protects against the unexpected.

Check the brakes for any unwelcome surprises. Make sure the road lights are in working order (signalling your intentions is always a good idea), and test those smoke alarms. It’s not just about ticking off a list—it’s about peace of mind.


Cleaning and damp checks

Here comes the part some dread and others love—spring cleaning. 

Start with the exterior, as it’s probably developed a green sheen that’s not exactly en vogue. Then, tackle the interior. That musty smell? It’s last season’s fashion.

Time to air out soft furnishings, wipe down surfaces, and hunt down damp like it owes you money.

Speaking of dampness, check for any signs of water damage. It’s sneaky and can be a real party pooper.

Related: The 7 best damp meters for caravans


Professional servicing: the expert touch

Even if you’re a DIY aficionado, there’s value in a professional once-over. They’ll spot things you might miss, like hidden wear and tear or the mysterious workings of the leisure battery.

It’s like having a guardian angel who’s really into caravans. They’ll ensure everything’s in tip-top shape, from the water filter to the gas connections. Consider it a spa day for your caravan.


Energy efficiency for the new season

Upgrading to LED lighting isn’t just about saving the planet—it’s about saving pennies, too. 

And solar panels? They’re like giving your caravan a superpower—clean, green energy. It’s a win-win.

Plus, being energy efficient means you can stay off-grid longer, embracing the freedom of the open road.


Reconnecting gas: the safe & sustainable way

Reconnecting the gas to your static caravan isn’t just a tick on your to-do list—it’s a step towards cosy evenings and warm mornings. 

But remember safety first. Make sure all gas cylinders are properly secured and connections are leak-free. A quick sniff around for any gas odours, before you light up, is always a top tip.

While we’re talking gas, let’s not forget the environment. Opting for gas appliances with high energy efficiency ratings can reduce your carbon footprint. 

It’s about keeping you warm and the planet cool. So, as you reconnect whilst de-winterising your caravan, think green, think safe, and think of those snug nights under the stars.

Related: A guide to gas and electricity regulations for static caravans


DIY de-winterising maintenance tips

There’s something deeply satisfying about fixing things yourself. From tightening screws to sealing leaks, these small victories add up. And that toolkit? Make it your best friend.

It’s your ticket to independence, saving you time and money. Plus, there’s no feeling like looking at a job well done and knowing you did that.


Preparing for the end of the season: forward-thinking 

Thinking about the end of the season might seem premature, but it’s‌ a stroke of genius.

Taking steps now to prevent dampness and protect your caravan over winter means less work next spring. It’s like sending a thank-you note to your future self.


Feeling a bit overwhelmed, maybe? Like your to-do list just ran a marathon, and you’re trying to catch up? That’s totally normal. 

But look at you now—armed with the know-how to breathe life back into your caravan, ready to tackle tyres, water systems, and even the sneaky damp.

Imagine the sun breaking through the clouds, your caravan gleaming, and the open road beckoning. You’ve got this. Every polish, check, and tweak is a step towards freedom, adventure, and making memories that outshine the brightest stars.



FAQs on de-winterising your caravan

How do I prepare my caravan for the new season?

Kick off with a hearty spring clean, inside and out—think of it as a spa day for your caravan. 

Check those tyres, give the water system a good flush, and sterilise, ensuring you thoroughly drain the water system.

Don’t forget to test all your safety gear like smoke alarms and the fire extinguisher. 

Plus, you may want to check your caravan insurance is up to date.


Should you leave caravan windows open in winter?

Keeping a window open might seem like a good idea to keep the air circulating and ward off that musty smell during the winter months. 

But it’s a bit like leaving your front door open for uninvited guests (hello, damp and bugs!). This could also make your holiday home a target for vandals or thieves. 

It's better to invest in good-quality moisture traps and give your caravan a proper airing when you check on it. 

Sites offering tailored caravan advice often suggest using vent covers that allow airflow while keeping the elements out.


How do I keep mould out of my caravan in the winter?

Mould’s like that one guest who overstays their welcome. To show it the door, keep your caravan dry and well-ventilated. Use moisture traps, and consider a dehumidifier for those extra damp spots.

Regular check-ins over winter can save you a headache come spring. And don’t forget, draining the water heater and making sure every litre of water is out can prevent unwelcome surprises.


How do you store bedding in a caravan during winter?

Think of your bedding like bears hibernating—they need a dry, cool spot to lay low for the winter. Vacuum-seal bags are your best bet—they keep moisture and pests out, making sure your bedding wakes up as fresh as a daisy in spring.

And while you’re at it, giving a once-over to the rubber seal on windows and doors can prevent damp from sneaking in.


Specialist caravan insurance through Ripe

Now that you're ready to prepare your caravan for spring, you may want to protect it further through specialist caravan insurance.

At Ripe, the cover protects tourers from theft, loss, or damage up to the value of £75,000 and static caravans up to the value of £175,000. You can also opt for additional cover to protect your contents and awnings.

Click here to learn more about how we can help or get an instant online quote in minutes.


Please note the information provided on this page should not be taken as advice and has been written as a matter of opinion. For more on insurance cover and policy wording, see our homepage.

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