Your caravan provides you and your family with somewhere to stay and sleep when you're away from home. In the process, it becomes exposed to harsh weather elements like hailstorms, direct sunlight, rain, windstorms, dust and storm debris, etc. Caravan repairs performed to fix weather damage can run into thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the damage that has occurred.
Luckily, weather damage on caravans seldom goes unnoticed and can be detected almost immediately. However, the best practise is to take steps to minimise weather damage on caravans, so that repair costs can be minimal if any.
Here are a few critical tips you can follow to minimise the effect of weather damage on your caravan.
Invest in a good caravan cover
As Australian weather can be unpredictably chaotic, it is always best to protect your caravan whenever you suspect the weather is going to be bad. Hailstorms, in particular, are a major cause for alarm. Severe hail can damage your windshields, windows, roof lights, awnings, lights, e.g. indicator lights, headlights, tail lights and brake lights, caravan body and other features in the exteriors of your awnings.
To minimise weather damage, it is a good idea to invest in a high-quality whole caravan cover. With this type of cover, your caravan will be protected from the damaging effects of heavy rain, strong winds and light hail. As it is difficult to know the impact of harsh weather on your caravan when it is covered, it is important that you remove the cover and inspect your caravan for potential damage.
Observe weather patterns
Another great way to protect your caravan from inclement weather elements is to use it on days that you expect favourable weather. Consult the weatherman to know which days will be good for caravanning and which days spell doom for your caravan. Doing a little bit of research on projected weather patterns can go a long way in protecting your investment from the damaging effects of harsh weather.
Because they are non-motorised and used occasionally — usually for holidays — caravans can easily get neglected. If you fail to protect your caravan from severe weather, you will need to remember to have it repaired by a caravan service. In addition to that, it may be harder to retain the value of the asset. Following the above elaborated tips will help protect the value of your caravan and also increase its lifespan.