Looking after your caravan

How to keep your caravan safe and protect your investment.

Your caravan is a road vehicle so you are legally obliged to keep it roadworthy. The best way to do this is to have it serviced annually. The service will cover running gear, brakes, and lights.

The service will also include the habitation side of the caravan. The water, gas, electrical and heating systems will all be checked and maintained. The dealer who does the service should also check for any damp or leaks in the basic structure of your caravan.

If possible, it’s worth getting your annual service done at an Approved Workshop. This scheme is run by the Camping and Caravanning Club, the Caravan Club and the National Caravan Council (NCC) and Approved Workshops are required to have certain standards of facilities and appropriately-trained technicians.

The NCC now runs the scheme on a day-to-day basis and it has a list of Approved Workshops on its website. If you want a service before your first outing of the season, it’s worth calling early in the year as workshops get booked up quickly in spring.

Some people enjoy their caravans all year round. However, if you decide to store your caravan during the winter months, it’s worth taking the time to do a few jobs before leaving it. You’ll find tips on preparing your caravan for storage in our Winter Care For Your Caravan Data Sheet - available as a pdf below.

On the final page we'll talk about learning to tow

For free technical help and advice from experts on caravan care join the Club