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A Beginner’s Guide to Caravan Maintenance

A caravan is a great way to travel and experience the outdoors. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep your caravan in peak condition and to guarantee a safe and enjoyable journey. We’ll go over important caravan maintenance advice in this beginner’s guide and emphasise the value of warranties, like those provided by Bailey Caravans.

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Understanding Your Warranty

When looking at purchasing a caravan, it’s crucial to understand the warranty terms. For example, all Bailey caravans and motorhomes are supplied with a 6-year body shell integrity warranty and a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty. This level of protection offers peace of mind, knowing that your investment is protected should any issues arise during the warranty period.

Essential Caravan Maintenance Tips

1. Regular Inspections

Inspect your caravan regularly for any signs of wear and tear, leaks, or damage. Check the seals around windows, doors, and vents, as well as the roof and floor for any signs of water ingress. If you’re considering a used Bailey Caravan, ensure you thoroughly inspect each department of the caravan. Here at Ropers, our expert team walks through every aspect of the caravan with you and answers all questions you may have.

2. Tyre Maintenance

Check your caravan’s tyres for wear, damage, and proper inflation regularly. Keep in mind that underinflated tyres can lead to uneven wear, reduced fuel efficiency, and even blowouts.

3. Cleaning and Protecting

Clean your caravan’s exterior using a mild detergent and a soft brush to remove dirt and any grime. Regular cleaning not only keeps your caravan looking its best but also helps prevent the build-up of mould, which can cause long-term damage. Apply a quality wax or sealant to protect the paintwork from UV rays and environmental pollutants.

4. Servicing and Repairs

Have your caravan serviced regularly by our professional team to ensure all systems are functioning correctly and efficiently. This includes checking the brakes, suspension, electrical systems, and appliances.

5. Interior Maintenance

Keep the interior of your caravan clean and clutter-free. Regularly inspect and clean all soft furnishings, such as curtains, cushions, and bedding. Vacuum the floor and upholstery to remove dust and dirt, and wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth and mild cleaner.

6. Gas Safety

Regularly check your caravan’s gas system for leaks, corrosion, or damage. Always ensure gas bottles are stored correctly and secured when not in use.

7. Electrical Systems

Inspect your caravan’s electrical systems, including wiring, batteries, and appliances, for any signs of wear or damage. Test all lights, sockets, and switches to ensure they’re functioning correctly. Regularly recharging your caravan’s leisure battery to extend its lifespan.

8. Moisture and Damp Prevention

Dampness can cause serious issues in a caravan, leading to mould and structural damage. Use a dehumidifier or moisture-absorbing products to help control humidity levels. Regularly air out your caravan by opening the windows and vents, especially after cooking or showering. Always address any leaks or water ingress immediately to prevent further damage.

9. Winterising Your Caravan

When your caravan is not in use during the winter months, it’s essential to protect it from freezing temperatures and potential damage. This includes draining the water system, disconnecting the gas supply, and removing any perishable items. You may consider using a breathable cover to protect the exterior from the elements.

10. Security Measures

It’s essential to take appropriate security measures to protect your caravan. This can include fitting a hitch lock, and wheel clamp, and installing an alarm system or tracking device. Always store your caravan in a secure location when not in use, and consider joining a caravan security registration scheme.

By adhering to these maintenance tips and guidelines, you can prolong the life of your caravan and enjoy countless adventures on the road. Remember that regular maintenance is key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable caravanning experience, and always be proactive in addressing any issues that may arise.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team for further maintenance advise, call us on 01748 818 666. You can also reach us via email: You can find our full contact details and where we are located on our contact page.

Beginners guide to towing

Towing a caravan for the first time may seem a scary prospect, but it needn’t be. Here are some handy hints…

When you’re towing, you’ll need to give yourself more time and space for everything. It’s best to brake earlier than normal and you’ll probably accelerate more slowly with a caravan on the back. The extra length means you will need to take corners more widely than normal so the back of the caravan doesn’t clip the kerb or cut the corner.

Remember, the legal speed limits are often lower when you’re towing. Don’t exceed 50mph on single carriageways or 60mph on dual carriageways. You may not tow in the further right (outside) lane of a three-or-more lane motorway unless instructed to do so and it is a legal requirement to always have a good view to the rear of your unit, which will mean using extensions mirrors in the vast majority of combinations (don’t forget to take them off when you’re not towing!).

Never carry passengers in the caravan when you’re towing it. It’s theoretically legal to transport animals inside a caravan, but it’s definitely not recommended.

Your number plate must show your car’s registration number, conform to the relevant British Standard, and be illuminated at night. This means no felt-pen on cardboard!

Remember to check before driving off and keep an eye out for anything that changes during your journey. Your car must show that the indicators are working while you are driving.

Park carefully where you won’t cause an obstruction. Caravans must not be parked in parking meter bays.

Your ability to legally tow will depend on the driving licence you hold. It’s paramount you’re fully covered by your driving licence for towing your caravan, as it’s against the law and your caravan insurance can be invalidated if you are not.

If you obtained your licence on or after 1 January 1997, you will be able to tow a car/caravan combination weighing 3,500kg or less – that’s the total gross mass of car and caravan or trailer combined (as identified on the vehicle weight plates). To be able to tow a heavier caravan, you’ll need to pass an additional driving test.

The Camping and Caravanning Club has information and a list of course providers covering courses and training to help you reach the required standard. Local training organisations can also be found through the DVLA.

If the thought of towing is preventing you from buying a caravan, then talk to us. There are places where you can have a go before you buy a unit, and at Ropers Caravan World we can help point you in the right direction for the help and advice you need. Give us a call today!