Hillside Leisure feel it’s important to help you maintain and look after your campervan all year round, whether it’s a VW, Renault, Ford or Nissan. This information applies to all our campervan range and is vital in maintaining your camper.
Whether you have plans to use your campervan for some winter adventures or if you would simply like to leave it on the drive to hibernate, these steps can help maintain all elements of your campervan and keep it in good working order for future enjoyment.
Campervan water system
Draining your water is one of the most important preparations you need to undertake. Make sure you empty all water tanks, including waste and toilet facilities. This will help to stop water from freezing and cracking any of the pipework or creating undesirable smells in your campervan.
Campervan Roof maintenance
The SCA Roof in your campervan needs to be fully dried before closing the roof down, which will help you maintain your canvas and keep it fresh from mould and damp over the winter months.
If possible we would suggest opening the roof release once a month just to help maintain full mechanical movement, and for airing out the canvas. We also suggest that you lubricate all mechanical hinges and check all of the bolts, making sure they are clean.
If you’re not going to use your roof for a long time we suggest lubricating around the rubber seal with a silicon spray before closing the roof. This will help to to stop sticking to the roof when you reopen it, preventing damage or tearing.
Please make sure all lubricants or silicons are appropriate for their intended use.
Make sure all appliances are switched off and the battery is fully charged to help with the longevity of the electrics.
Maintaining your fluid levels is very important to keep your engine running at it’s best.
We would advise you to fully check all fluid levels frequently. But on top of that it is important to make sure you have a sufficient amount of antifreeze in your water mixture to the engine.
If you’re using a heating system we would advise that you keep your tank topped up with fuel so your heating does not switch off during the night, this way you will be nice and toasty throughout the whole winter.
One Last Tip
If you’re not using your gas supply we suggest that it should always be turned off at the bottle (or removed) when the vehicle is not in use.
If you have any questions about the above steps or any other aspects of your vehicle over winter then feel free to leave it in the comments or give us a call.