22 Nov Tips for Caravanning in Bad Weather.
Travelling in less than optimal weather conditions may be a far more functional than it sounds, often it can be useful in combating damp and mould which may otherwise occur if the caravan is left in storage for long periods, it can also increase the value of your investment, as opposed to allowing your vehicle to depreciate whilst simultaneously being unused, however there are instanced where being unexpectedly caught in stormy, windy weather can be extremely hazardous and caution must be exercised.
Modern Motorhomes/Caravans have been designed to sustain all weather types, if you are intending on travelling in bad weather conditions, you should ensure you refrain from blocking available air vents to reduce draughts, this increases the likelihood of build up of toxic fumes produced when the hob or oven is utilised. Before departing make sure you have taken an adequate amount of wet weather/winter clothing, bringing waterproof gear, boots as well as suitable bedding is essential. Opting for propane LPG as opposed to the more commonly used butane is advisable as it can ‘gas’ at significantly lower temperatures. Taking precautions to avoid freezing if the caravan has an inboard water tank is also critical, in cold winter conditions. Insulating any external fresh-water container and the pipe connecting it to the caravan will be necessary, additionally adding salt to the waste water container after emptying will also help prevent freezing. If you have an awning ensure it has been securely fastened to prevent damage, in the instance of snow fall, brush it off promptly as it causes the awning to collapse. You may also wish to consider backing up your leisure battery, verify the battery has been fully charged before driving, and bring a spare in case the one in the battery box is drained by the numerous appliances being used
If you are unwittingly driving in adverse weather conditions there are several precautions to undertake in order to avoid potentially dangerous hazards, in the event of excessive rain and even flooding it’s important to remain vigilant to avoid loss of traction and aquaplaning, avoid driving on roads with
visible water stagnation, always check whether the tyre treads have adequate pressures and are in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. In the event you find yourself towing amidst snowy
or icy conditions, lack of friction will be exacerbated, this can bring immense risk,
consequently its essential to lower your speed, and ensure all movements are meticulous, precise and slow. Consider rerouting to main roads, where the surface is likely to be well gritted and have superior surface grip. After returning from travelling ensure you check for frost damage, burst pipes and tyre damage, as this is more likely to occur in poor weather conditions.