Even if you are only planning to leave your static caravan vacated for a week, it is still wise to ensure that these security procedures are put into place. But there is more to keeping a 'no-claims' than just tucking away the valuables. Taking care of the utilities is a must, especially in the winter months. Even if you are only going to leave your caravan empty for a few days, ensuring that damage caused by freezing conditions is minimised is a must. Drain any excess water from the systems such as lavatory, shower, and basins after turning off the water supply, and lag any pipes that may be susceptible to frost to prevent burst pipes. Make sure that the gas and electricity supplies are switched off and all electrical items are protected from damp conditions.
General Cleaning Preparation
To avoid minor claims for damage to soft furnishings and other items from damp and cold, ensure that there is adequate ventilation. Blocked air vents can cause damage to fridges, wardrobes, curtains and bedding and sofa areas. Make sure that all areas are thoroughly cleaned, and doors wedged open to aid circulation. And finally, if there are other people using your van, leave a checklist of things to do and not to do to avoid any unnecessary damage or accidents.
Disconnect the battery or if you have an isolation switch use that. We also as an added precaution recommend disconnect all plugs and making sure all appliances are in the off position. Be prepared for a flat battery on return or bring it home and give a charge before next ready to use.
Shut all gas valves and as an added precaution remove the regulators. Fit caps to any open pipework. Check with your policy if it is acceptable to store the gas cylinder indoors with the caravan. The best advice is not to store together. The best place for gas cylinders is outside in an open space away from heat or direct sunlight
If you are an owner of a classic campervan you probable well aware of the steps to take to keep the body work in pristine condition. You may decide to store the caravan inside during the winter months which is the best option. Either way you will need to clean thoroughly and after dry apply a wax coating. Additional covering with a material that will breath, this will give that added protection.
The toilet should be drained and cleaned. Cleaning is best achieved by flushing water through the system. Next remove the water tank and give it a good cleaning. The blades that seal the toilet should be oiled.
Finally, it is also ideal to ensure that your caravan insurance provides cover in the case of the occurrence of some certain disaster such as cover from storm damage. This could also include other occurrences such as caused by lightning that can cause damage, It is also important to consider damage from flooding or seasonal variation which can occur during winter months of the year. It is also wise to consider other unplanned events such as excessive snow conditions which can affect the insurance claims payments.
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