Offering everything you’d ever need in one location for a few days away, you might not be able to have the doors of your VW campervan wide open, sat outside eating your dinner, but what’s stopping you from jumping in your campervan and heading off for an ‘alternative’ break?
It will be a little different, but it can be just as fantastic!
Before you do so, however, you have to remember that your campervan is just like any other vehicle and you need to make several checks before you set off. Whilst oil and water should be obvious, these five are some of those specific to campervans and their use in winter, as there’s a good chance you may not check or note them during the summer months.
1. Window seams
During the summer, there’s a good chance your windows are always open throughout the day (and during the night, on those days we get glorious weather in the UK!).
It’s because of this – and the general fact you’re unlikely to notice a slight drop in temperature during the summer months even if your windows aren’t open – that it’s important you check all window seams before a winter journey.
A little damage could mean a draft, which could cause the inside of your campervan to get particularly cold at night or there could even be the chance of rain getting through if the damage is substantial, something that’s never good, irrelevant of the season.
2. Fog lights
Unlikely to be in use much during the summer months, your fog lights could be used every day during the winter, as we get a real mix of weather conditions.
Therefore, take some time to check that all of your fog lights work – it’s a 10 second job, but it could highlight a faulty light which could cause problems when you need to use them.
3. Ventilation system obstructions
It’s obvious that when you’re using your campervan during the winter months, you’re going to be in it more than in the summer months. In the summer, you can be sat outside right into the evening, for example – in the winter, you’re likely to want to get tucked up in bed as soon as you can!
As this is the case, it’s important you check to ensure all ventilation systems are working properly and that there are no obstructions. Although important at other times of the year, if you have heating on in your campervan during the winter and are spending more time than normal in it, a blocked ventilation could lead to an array of different problems.
4. Carbon monoxide alarm
Every campervan should have a carbon monoxide alarm installed no matter what time of year it is that it’s being used and we fit them as standard in all of our conversions.
However, because in the summer you’re likely to have the doors and / or windows open constantly, although you should still check your alarm regularly, the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning taking place is greatly reduced, as there’s a considerable amount of ventilation.
When you’re essentially cocooned in your campervan during the winter though, with little fresh air being circulated, you need to be confident that your carbon monoxide alarm is working and so it’s vital you check it, check it and check it again.
5. Breakdown kit
Every campervan should have a breakdown kit in it the year round, constantly being tailored to the country you’re visiting.
But during the winter months, you need to enhance the kit to ensure that in the event of a breakdown, you’re going to be safe and as comfortable as possible at all times.
So for example, good additions could be another torch, extra batteries, a spare – and fully charged – mobile phone and some food that’s purely for if you breakdown.
Although you might have breakdown cover, you need to understand that things can be a lot more difficult in the winter. For instance, during the summer when you breakdown, you might be able to sit outside – during the winter if you breakdown, you’re going to want to keep as warm as possible.
We provide only high quality campervan conversions at Cascade Conversions and whilst campervans are used mainly throughout the summer, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t use your campervan during the winter months, as long as you make the necessary checks and preparations beforehand.