Under normal circumstances, at this time of year, many static caravan owners are busy preparing their caravans for use during the summer months. 2020 however, has been a markedly different year – the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 has meant that most caravan parks across the UK have been forced to close in order to help prevent the spread of the virus in line with UK GOV social distancing restrictions.
At present, everybody must follow government guidelines and stay at home to help protect the NHS and save lives. However, at some point we will all be able to resume our outdoor activities and when this day arrives and parks are allowed to reopen, static caravan owners across the UK will return to their caravans for spring cleaning and preparation, as well as a much-needed change of scenery.
We recommend making a list of planned checks for your static caravan as well as making sure you have adequate equipment and materials for when you are able to return.
Some locations are more prone to dampness and humidity than others, depending on where the caravan is situated and recent weather conditions – a dehumidifier will help to remove any excess moisture from the air during the first few days.
Repair work may be necessary upon arrival at the static caravan making a tool kit a must for the checklist. Ideally it should include not only a comprehensive selection of tools, but also a range of other handy accessories including extension leads, washers, WD40, a power circuit breaker, plugs, sealant etc.
Prior to arrival, it may be necessary to contact the park managers and request that the mains water is switched back on following the winter months – different parks may have varying policies on mains water, therefore it is a good idea to check in advance.
When checking the interior, look for any signs of mould or damage all over the static caravan including all soft furnishings, sofa cushions, mattresses and so forth. All fixtures and fittings should also be checked – cooking appliances, the fridge, lights etc. Check metal storage items and accessories such as the shower hose, for any signs of rust. Mould can easily be removed from hard furnishings with suitable products and a damp cloth, for soft furnishings there are also specialist products available.
Safety devices such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors etc. must be checked to ensure they are fully functional – batteries may need replacing in some cases.
This is also a good opportunity to ensure there are no burst pipes – to do this, make sure that all taps are switched off before turning the water back on. Then slowly and carefully test each tap individually, as well as flushing the toilet to see if the cistern refills afterwards.
The outside of the static caravan should be thoroughly inspected for signs of damage which may have occurred during the winter months – look for cracks and leaks, inspect all window seals, guttering and the roof.
For the final touch, remember to bring extra items to make your static caravan feel like a home – plants, ornaments, additional soft furnishings or anything else to make it homely.
Presteigne Holiday Park (formerly known as the Old Station Caravan Park) is located in the heart of the beautiful Mid Wales countryside in an idyllic location surrounded by forests rich in wildlife. Our Powys caravan park offers a wide range of facilities, catering for everyone in the family. If you are interested in purchasing a static caravan or would like some more information, get in touch today.