Once out of fashion, the humble caravan has experienced a renaissance in recent years. As holiday-makers seek out cheaper and more accessible travel options, recreational vehicles have emerged as a great way to get out and explore our beautiful country.
In fact, according to a report published by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, the number of RV registrations has soared - increasing by 5.3% in 2015. With more than 586,000 campervans across the nation, it's clear that the 'holiday on wheels' is here to stay.
But what happens when you’re not on holiday? In addition to ensuring your caravan and trailer insurance covers you for fire, theft and accidental damage, you’ll want to follow these caravan storage tips before you bid adieu.
1. Clean the outside and inside
Give the whole caravan a good scrubbing so it's in top shape when you take it out of storage. There are many cleaning agents on the market specifically designed for caravans that won't mark, scratch or stain the bodywork. This is also a good time to identify and address any mould or rust that might be taking hold in hard-to-see spots.
- Protect the interior during periods when you're not using your caravan by removing sheets, cushions and other fabrics where mould and mildew might grow.
- Vacuum all the nooks and crannies to prevent dust from building up.
- Open cupboards and wardrobes to help air ventilation.
2. Check your tyres
While it is important to assess tyre quality before, during and after every major road trip, caravan storage gives you the opportunity to conduct a comprehensive check-up. You'll want to examine:
- Tread wear
- Tread depth
- Tyre inflation
- Also turn the wheels every few months to ensure the same piece of tread isn't under pressure for long periods of time.
3. Protect your electrics
As one of the leading causes of fires in caravans, the electrical components of your RV should be checked regularly. Ensure the following:
- Plugs and outlets are protected from the weather. This may mean having them sealed by an electrician before storage.
- All leads are disconnected from power while stored or coiled.
- Store leads in neat coils to avoid kinks.
It’s also a good idea to have an electrical professional inspect and clean all the connecting pins. This helps ensure that when you plug back in before your next trip, the whole family is safe and sound.