Winter is a great time to go caravanning if you want to avoid the heat, bugs and the crowds of summer, and many places in Australia have mild and pleasant winters, making them the perfect winter holiday destination. Whether you’re heading to the snow or a more tropical region like the north of our great state, winter presents its own set of challenges such as wild weather, freezing temperatures and rain. Follow these tips to make sure your winter caravanning holiday is memorable for all the right reasons.
Prepare Your Caravan
Caravanning in winter means you’re sure to be driving through some wet and wild weather and quite possibly stopping overnight in it. When you do a thorough maintenance check on your caravan, be certain to make sure everything is waterproofed and no draughts can get it. Check that all the seals on your vehicle and your caravan are in good condition, and be aware of particular driving skills needed when towing in wet and windy weather.
You could also change out summer curtains for something thicker to keep the heat in, and be sure to pack plenty of blankets and warm clothing if you’re heading somewhere cold.
Save Money on Powered Sites
In winter, the site fees in caravan parks are generally lower and there are fewer people around. This is one reason to consider booking into parks with powered sites so you can run your heater more often and even enjoy your electric blanket. You can also get to know some of your fellow travellers and see the sights during the day without all the crowds of summer.
Depending on where it is you’re planning to go, staying warm is usually a big priority, especially if you’re heading to the snow. If you have an annexe, you can purchase floor and wall kits to make it easier to keep the heat in, and parking in the sun will heat your van naturally during the day. Put thick rugs on the floor and heat the area with a portable gas heater. Make sure your caravan has efficient heating because you’ll be spending more time inside than you would in summer.
How Cold is Too Cold?
In extreme cold, you could have a problem with frozen pipes in the morning and the water in your caravan tank might also freeze on extended stays. You can insulate the pipes the same way you would at home to ensure you have water in the morning. Don’t forget to make sure you have a good water heater for those hot showers.
Whether you’re a first-time camper or a seasoned adventurer, the professional team at PMX Campers is here to help you choose the right caravan for your needs with all the features you want for a comfortable trip. We’re active members of the camping and off-roading community and we can provide expert advice on all your caravan and camping requirements to stay safe and warm on your winter holiday. Contact our friendly and experienced staff today on 08 9455 1454, email us at [email protected] or fill out our online contact form.