How to Protect Your Campervan Throughout the Winter Months

With the cold days starting to draw closer, it’s time to start preparing for the heavier weather conditions that winter brings. From heavy rain and wind, to snow and frost, everything that lives outside throughout the winter needs to be protected and maintained to keep them in good condition. When it comes to your campervan, there are certain things that you can do to ensure the vehicle is protected from everything winter throws its way, as well as making sure it’s ready and waiting for use at any time.

Check for Repairs

When you park your campervan up after a wonderful summer of travelling, it may not be in the best condition. After months of being on the road, tyres can become worn, seals can start to warp and you may even find the battery starting to get a little low. Now is the time to give your campervan a thorough checking over, measuring the tyre pressures, fuel levels, battery percentage and so on. It’s always beneficial to keep certain products in the garage for an unexpected incident, such as needing to pump up your tyre or recharge the battery, and the best products to have on hand are a puncture repair kit, battery charger and jump leads. By checking your tyres and battery before the heavy winter comes, it will help to ensure your camper doesn’t seize up and stop working all together once the cold weather kicks in.

Thorough Clean

Autumn is a season that may look beautiful and make you feel cosy, but it’s a pain for our vehicles. Whether it’s leaf residue stuck to the roof of the car, or it’s the odd scratch on the bonnet from the conkers falling off the trees, there’s always something that causes the exterior of vehicles to look dirtier and untidy after one use. If you fail to remove the leafy mess from your campervans exterior, then you may find yourself in a difficult situation when winter comes along and freezes them to the paintwork. It’s important to give your campervan a thorough clean before you store it for winter, to ensure no dirt or grime is going to stick to the paintwork and result in rusting or damaged bodywork. The same applies for the windows and the wheels, as the longer dirt is left to settle on the surface, the harder it will be to remove properly.

Locate the Damp

You find that damp is quite a common issue with campervans, especially when they are left in storage throughout the winter. When you’re out in your camper, you’ll have the diesel heater blasting, candles lit and body heat within the vehicle to keep it warm and insulated. When left for a long period of time, however, the vehicle can begin to become cold and condensate, which will result in damp. To help prevent damp from occurring within your campers’ interiors, check all seals on windows and doors to make sure they are intact and not worn or split, as this is often the main cause for damp. It’s also really beneficial to introduce a door snake to the vehicle, as these sit in the doorway to prevent the draft from coming under the door and causing damp to occur.

Keep it Sheltered

For those who don’t intend to use their campervan frequently throughout the winter months, it’s essential that it’s stored away properly and given good shelter. Winter can be a very harsh month for vehicles, especially when stored outside, so putting certain protective features in place will really help to keep your motor in good condition. Invest in a good quality, preferably breathable, sheet to cover your campervan with whenever it’s not in use, as this will prevent any rain, snow and general dirt from settling on the paintwork. You should also make sure windows are covered and protected from ice and frost on those chilly winter mornings.

Author: Dan Collins

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