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Maintenance Tips and Tricks for Static Caravans

Owning a static caravan in the UK or abroad allows you to be able to take well-earned breaks whenever you are able to. However, to get the most out of your static caravan there must be basic maintenance inspections and repairs to take place.

Here are a few of Intasure’s Static Caravan up keep tips

1. Interior Checks

With interior check, you want to look out for any signs of damp and mildew as well as a strange small with watermarks as it could be an indication there is mould. This can be a consistent problem for caravans and can be expensive problem to repair if regular check-ups are not done.

Ways to prevent this would be opening all windows, doors and any skylights to give your holiday home a good airing after returning to the holiday home.

Ensure all air vent are clear from any debris, dust, spired webs etc. as these air vents are essential for your safety.

Make sure all the window/main door seals as these can degrade and allow water seepage into the property. As well as the seals around the windows and door, you will want to check the windows and doors lock adequately and are secure.

Other interior checks include replacing any lightbulbs that have been used for a long period and checking batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Central heating boiler and annual gas checks should be carried out, as it is a necessary requirement for both you and your rental client’s safety. Other tests and check-ups to consider is a PAT test (a safety check for electrical equipment). This is a legal requirement if you are renting your caravan out.

2. External Checks

Checking and cleaning out gutters can be the bottom of your list however it is important to do so any rotting material such as; leaves, twigs etc. can degrade the roofing material.

Make sure to check the Chassis for any rust and maybe any necessary repaint may need to be redone. Other areas that can have rust and corrosion would be anchor chains. These are vital for security and any risk prevention especially in the UK where flood and storms are common.

Try to keep the exterior of your caravan clean at all times, this will reduce any damage caused by tree sap, bird lime and other pollutant materials. You can maintain this by washing the outside walls and paintwork with cloths and detergent or for speed use a jet washer.

3. Garden/Decking

Having any garden around your static caravan is all ways a plus however it is another job to maintain. Keeping an eye on any trees around your caravan is necessary. Roots could potentially get underneath cracking the concrete and loosening the anchors.

In addition, any decking around the property will need to be maintained at least once a year. Staining or painting the decking is vital to keep the wood from rotting. If you have UPVC decking, it will defiantly need a wash and a clean.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our caravan insurance or to get a quote, then please call Intasure on 0345 111 0680 and we’ll be happy to help.

*The opinions and views expressed in the above articles are those of the author only and are for guidance purposes only. The authors disclaim any liability for reliance upon those opinions and would encourage readers to rely upon more than one source before making a decision based on the information.

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