When people think of caravanning holidays they think of the summer and the beach – but if you own a caravan there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be making the most it all year round and enjoy some great winter trips!
Being prepared for colder weather will help to keep you and your family warm, cosy and comfortable day and night.
Here are some top tips on how to keep your caravan warm this winter;
Prevent the heat from escaping
Building up the heat to a comfortable level in a caravan isn’t always immediate and can take a bit of time which is why it’s important not to let it all escape.
- Ensure all windows and doors are kept closed unless necessary.
- Add some thick, insulated, thermal curtains to windows.
- Make sure your windows and doors have functional seals in place to help prevent drafts or loss of heat and replace any perished seals.
- Keep curtains open during the day to help prevent condensation and allow the sun to heat the caravan but close in the evening when the sun goes down to keep heat in.
Most modern caravans are fitted with double glazing but if you have an older model then this is something definitely worth considering and can help significantly reduce heat loss and save money on heating.
There are several great options for heating a caravan but for safety, easy installation and extremely cheap running costs – tubular heaters are the ideal solution.
These allow caravan owners to provide a constant, low level heat at all times that helps keep the space warm and prevent issues from frost, damp, condensation and mould that can occur. They extremely cost effective and can cost just a few pennies a day to run.
Tubular heaters don’t dry the air out like convector or radiant panel heaters but instead provide a small, discreet heating solution ideal for caravans that can be floor or wall mounted to take up minimal space unless most heating systems.
This won’t be relevant to all caravan owners but static caravans have more options than standard ones when it comes to insulation and external cladding. This could be well worth considering if it’s in your budget and you plan on using it frequently in lower temperatures.
It’s not as expensive as people might think and is a fairly quick process that will help to protect your static home from the elements and also give your caravan a new, more modern look and even a change of colour if you want.
With external cladding you will feel the benefits of increased thermal insulation, lower energy bills and warmer winters!
There are plenty of ways to help keep you and the family warm when in the caravan.
- Add extra clothing, layers that can be added and removed when necessary. Hats, gloves and scarfs for when the temperatures dip at night.
- Hot water bottles are extremely effective.
- Electric blankets are a safe, easy and cosy way to make sure your beds are nice and warm as you sleep.
- Use it as an excuse to enjoy plenty of hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate or warm Ribena!
- Use a thicker tog duvet and additional blankets on beds where necessary.
- Hot microwavable soft toys are available to buy for small children.
Wherever you are planning on heading in your caravan this winter be sure to take the necessary steps to keep you and your family warm so that you can make the most of your trip in the comfort of your little holiday home.