Winter time for hardy caravanners can be a great time for fun with the family. Imagine if you will waking up on winters morning and looking out on a snow-covered valley
Generally speaking, modern touring caravans are well equipped and insulated for winter use because caravan manufacturers have been listening to customers who want the option of touring during all seasons of the year.
Many UK campsites are open all year round, a winter caravanning holiday could be the perfect way to spend the festive break.
You can also enjoy the peace and quiet not usually available in summer months.
General Tips and Essentials
Switch to propane gas as butane is ineffective in temperatures below zero. Remember to check the manuals for all appliances in your caravan to make sure they are compatible with propane and that you have configured all settings correctly. Propane will work up to -40, while butane will not gas below 1C.
A larger battery to compensate for the lack of electric hook-up
Always carry a supply of fresh water. If it gets particularly cold while you are on site the taps and pipes may freeze.
Make sure you have full gas bottles, and if you can, carry additional bottle/s. Should you get stranded somewhere, whether on-site or on the side of the road, staying warm is going to be one of the most important things besides food and drink.
Having a backup supply of gas will ensure that you have enough gas to heat the caravan for a while.
Carry an emergency supply of food and cooking equipment. This should only be required in the worst case scenarios when you are stranded on the side of the road. Having several tins of soup and a camping stove can make all the difference,
Carry four pieces of wood, Which can be placed under the steadies to help stop your caravan from sinking into the softer ground. It can also be a good idea to have a fifth block to hand to use under the jockey wheel.
A tip that frequently gets overlooked is to remember to pack warm clothes and wear extra layers. Hats, scarves, gloves, thermal socks.
Keep a tennis ball handy to place in you fresh water carrier. If you leave the tennis ball floating on the top of the water during a very cold night, it can be removed in the morning and you will have a little gap to slide your water pump in to.
It is advisable to add anti-freeze to your wastewater system But never put it into your drinking water.
Remember never to use salt in toilets or similar systems, as it can be corrosive.
It is always wise to carry some rock salt, a shovel and grip pads (or a piece of mat/carpet). So in the event, you get snowed in on site, you can shovel away the excess snow.
Consider investing in a porch awning. It will double as storage for wet boots and outdoor gear during the winter. Bringing them inside will only increase the level of cold, damp air in the van
It will help to keep some of the warm air in the caravan when the door is opened.
Small containers of moisture-absorbing crystals can be great for clearing any condensation which may form in the van
Consider leaving your heating system running while you are out during the day, so as you come home to a warn caravan.
Decorations – a festive looking caravan with a miniature Christmas tree, tinsel and fairy lights (both inside and out) has a distinct magical and festive feel to it.
Be prepared for the harsh outdoor conditions with Wellington boots, walking boots, thermal clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, hats, scarves, gloves, etc