Here are a few useful top tips that just might help keep your static caravan in better all-round condition:
- keep it free of detritus. Apologies if this sounds a little self-evident but twigs, small branches and above all leaves, can cause major problems with things like gutters and seals. The issue here is no different to that associated with a conventional property – so get rid of these things as fast as possible and don’t allow them to accumulate;
- disconnect everything when you are leaving. Make sure that all gas, electricity and water feeds are shut off at their point of entry into your static. In the case of water systems, they should be fully drained down if you are planning to leave for any length of time and certainly if you are shutting up shop for the winter period. Some static caravan insurance quotes and their associated policies might make this a mandatory requirement of providing cover;
- regularly check the seals on windows and doors. Even on the best quality designs, these can at times cause problems and you’ll want to pick that up and rectify it sooner rather than later;
- be hyper-cautious with food waste. However house proud you may be, it’s easy to allow crumbs and other spills to accumulate sometimes at the back of cupboards etc. This is a heaven-sent invitation to various forms of pest which may be far more prevalent in rural surroundings than perhaps your normal urban environment. Once happily in residence, they can be very difficult to shift – so don’t provide them with any encouragement;
- deal quickly with any serious scratches or dents. If your caravan’s paint work or other forms of metal insulation are damaged, you may find rust gets in very quickly and once it does, it can be almost as difficult shift as some sorts of pest infestation. So, get remedial treatment the moment you notice anything that looks even slightly damaged;
- make sure you regularly service your locks. It’s incredible how wind and rain can get into locks on exposed sites and then corrosion sets in. The first symptom is usually when you can’t get into your static for the first time in the season! So, use plenty of lubrication and other manufacturer’s recommended treatments;
- regularly inspect your gas and electrical appliances, using a professional where practical. Remember both sets of appliances could be dangerous or even lethal if they are poorly maintained. Don’t take chances in this area;
- On a closely related subject, do the same for your flues and ventilation. Few things in a static are likely to be more dangerous than combustion-based heating or cooking with a defective or blocked flue. It hopefully goes without saying that you should also have installed carbon monoxide and smoke detectors – and they should both also be regularly tested.
The above checks and others like them, typically will only take a little amount of time by they may improve your safety and help you to maintain the highest asset value in your static caravan.