Caravanning in all conditions

If the summer has taught us anything, it’s that you can never predict the great British weather. From heatwaves to torrential rain, we’ve had it all, and with September now upon us it will only be a matter of time before temperatures begin to drop and winter is well on its way.

Although caravanning is mostly associated with summer, it can be just as enjoyable taking your leisure vehicle on the road during the autumn and winter months. Often campsite pitch fees are lower during this period and, with the school holidays over, many sites are quieter if you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation.

When temperatures drop, however, there are a few things you need to consider in order to keep your tourer in top condition. Here are a few tips from Coast on caravanning in cooler conditions:

•  Check your tyres are inflated correctly – it’s a myth that you gain more grip by reducing your tyre pressures, this could in fact reduce stability
•  Make sure your windscreen washer tank includes anti-freeze when you top it up
•  Pack an emergency bad weather kit containing an ice scraper, spade, blankets and a torch
•  A piece of old carpet makes a useful traction device if you get stuck in mud or snow
•  Adding car anti freeze to your waste tank will prevent the contents freezing up
•  Cut a piece of foam to the size of your roof skylights and insert during dark hours, as this will help to insulate your van
•  Place a draught excluder in front of the door to retain heat
•  Running a small dehumidifier at night will reduce condensation in the morning

With new hazards such as slippery ground coming into play over the winter, it’s important to make sure your touring caravan insurance policy is up-to-date before you set off. If your caravan insurance is due for renewal, Coast can offer you a competitive quotation – just call Freephone 0800 614 849 or click here for an instant online quotation.