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    How to Prepare Your Caravan for Winter

    January isn’t a very popular time of year to go on a caravanning holiday. That’s why a lot of people will store it until spring arrives. If you’re new to caravanning, you might not be aware of some of the maintenance that’s required both before, during and after storing your caravan for long periods over the winter. Here’s how you can prepare properly:

    Clean the inside, from top to bottom

    Much like how you’d clean your house from top to bottom before going on holiday, you should clean the inside of your caravan. This will help to keep bugs and rodents at bay, but it will also make sure your caravan space is comfortable, clean and hygienic to use, almost right away. You must also clean the outside of your caravan, especially if you’d like to cover it whilst the harsh weather sets in.

    Check the onboard water filter

    This is important, more so over the winter than at any other time of year. This is because, as the temperature drops, moisture will sit next to the threads and then freeze. This could cause the cracking or fracturing of the housing the filter sits in. Remove the filter before storing your caravan for winter or replace it just before the caravanning season picks up again.

    Refrain from keeping the blinds closed for long periods of time

    It’s not advisable to keep the blinds shut if you’re storing your caravan for the winter. This is because it might end up compromising the integrity of the internal springs. You’d be far better off, if you do want to keep prying eyes out, closing the curtains instead or putting up bed sheets as a way of ensuring privacy, if you don’t have any curtains.

    Keep a moisture trap inside the caravan

    The cold weather can bring damp with it, especially when indoor areas aren’t kept warm. Caravans aren’t as well-insulated as homes and other buildings, but things like condensation can cause damp to occur and, when the warmer seasons set in, mould could also form. Keep dehumidifiers in the caravan if you aren’t going to use it for a few months to avoid the aforementioned problems.

    Remove the battery or charge it every few weeks

    Batteries, in general, don’t perform well in cold conditions, so either remove it altogether or make sure it’s topped up by charging it once every so often. If you don’t do this, then you could risk coming to start it during the peak season and it won’t run. If your caravan is one that you have to tow, then you’ll still have this issue, because you’ll need electricity to power your lights and appliances, for example.

    Keep your caravan covered, if it’s been cleaned thoroughly

    If you have cleaned your caravan well, externally, then it would be ideal to cover it over whilst it’s not in use, especially over the winter period. Not only will this mean you won’t have to keep the curtains closed, but it also protects it from frost, snow and ice; all of which can affect the integrity of the caravan itself, depending on what it’s made from. Do not use a cover on your caravan if it is still dirty. Don’t forget to cover the hitch as well when covering your clean caravan.

    Regal Furnishings are highly-experienced professionals with extensive knowledge and expertise regarding the reupholstering of soft furnishings in caravans, motorhomes, static caravans, boats, campervans and horseboxes. For more information about how we can breathe new life into your caravan or otherwise, get in touch with a member of our specialist, friendly team today – we’re always pleased to hear from you.

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    • We called in to get the sofa back/bed base infill on our Pulsar made thicker. I just wanted to let you know that we slept in the camper last night and the bed is now really comfortable.
      I can't believe we've spent over 300 nights over two and a half years building the middle of the bed up with blankets and even an inflatable camping mat!
      I don't know why we didn't think of coming to you sooner.....well worth the trip. As previously, the service from all your staff was excellent and Brett did a perfect job for us.
      We can leave the camping mat and blankets at home now, and Vince can make the bed up in half the time with none of the palaver! - Moira Stroud

      Ms Stroud

    • Hi, Just wanted to say how pleased we are with our motorhome carpets 😊 nice to deal with a “ can do” company for once!
      Reasonable cost and a very good job, so thanks again - Mrs D Stainsby

      Mrs Stainsby

    • Rose and myself, would like to thank everyone at Regal Furnishing for doing such a professional job on our Auto Trail Tracker.
      Thanks again.
      Always keep smiling God bless all - Rose and Ken Taylor

      Mr & Mrs Taylor

    • Hi Just to thank you and let you know that we have now had a couple of weeks away in our caravan (Abbey Dorset 2000) and found the new cushions to be extremely comfortable seats and as a bed sleeping was sound.
      Still can't believe it was done in less than a day.
      The service was excellent. Would not hesitate to recommend you.
      Thanks to all once again.
      James Thomson

      Mr Thomson

    • What a marvellous job you have done reupholstering our Caravan cushions. We are extremely pleased with the result.
      Best wishes
      John & Joyce Welsh

      Mr & Mrs Welsh

    • Thank you so much for the brilliant job you have done, we are so pleased. It has been a pleasure to have done business with such lovely people, thankyou once again.
      Merry Christmas & Best Wishes

    • Hi,
      I had my camper (Mercedes Sprinter) upholstery done by you guys ! I found the whole experience fantastic, Mick help us choosing material and gave us much needed advise, all the workers were friendly and polite, office staff were also helpful, friendly and very efficient.
      I would highly recommend Regal Furnishing Ltd !!!

      Thank you very much, keep up the good work. (not many companys left like yours!)
      John Morrison

      Mr Morrison

    • Top quality service, top quality staff who are very helpful, even supplied and covered a cushion we never knew was part of the furnishings, the whole experience was brilliant from start to finish, 5 stars, well done Mick and his team - Mr Brazier

      Mr Brazier

    • REGAL FURNISHING. WOW!!, WOW!! Great service, we came to look at the vast range of fabrics for our Eura Mobil 810 for a full re-upholstery, very hard to choose as there are so many, we took our time and we were left to choose. We finally decided on a fabric refit. After making our choice we booked in for the refit, being very popular there is a short wait, we did not mind, because getting a great job was the most important.
      However when we got home, and after looking at some of the refits in leather, we turned up to see Mick again, saying "we had changed our minds" and then decided to go for the full leather refit.
      Nothing was a problem for Mick and his excellent team, he went through every stage of the work to be carried out, making special notes of things we wanted, and the things we did not.
      Our van is quite large and we left it at Regal Furnishings in the very secure compound.
      The work was carried out in a very timely manner, and ready for us to collect on the given time and date.
      The surprising thing for us apart from the excellent job of work, was Mick's attention to detail, and actually getting the job done to a very tight budget .
      There are plenty of upholsterers out there, but one that specialises in motor homes, that has secure parking for overnight stops if needed, are few and far between!
      The reviews for regal are exemplary and we had no doubt who would be doing our refit.
      Mick had even matched the curtains and the overhead cab bed.
      We would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Regal Upholstery to our family and friends - David Bosworth

      Mr Bosworth

    • Not long returned having had my Motorhome interior updated. Curtains, Trims, Foam the lot. On the day I arrived there had been a scare for one of the teams family, they had been called away as you would understand. The result was they were short handed! The difference......nothing. The team across the operation simply pulled together and provided a fantastic service. Albeit they probably felt the pressure!
      The complete process was perfect, nice people, nice job, and the weather was nice too. I’ll go back as and when required. Many thanks - W D

      W D

    • Had our upholstery and curtains replaced yesterday. Our 11 year old Apache Autotrail now looks as good as new. Mick and the team at Regal are amazing. Their attention to detail is phenomenal and they are a really friendly group of people. We shall be recommending them to everyone - Beverley Porrett

      Ms Porrett

    • Excellent friendly service. We only had a small job done, a padded end panel for our motorhome. Not only was the cost so reasonable they did a fabulous job and although it was a low cost job we received impeccable service by Mick. Thank you so much for the lovely job you did for us 😊 - Bridget Bales

      Ms Bales

    • Excellent lovely job many thanks to the team - Kim Gough

      Ms Gough

    • Excellent happy management and employees - Sylvia Williams

      Ms Williams

    • The best in the country. Service is fantastic and quick. Good selection of materials to choose from professional advice and always happy smiling staff - Katarzyna Thorp

      Ms Thorp

    • I'm absolutely blown away by the service and quality of the work that mick and his team carried out on my Hamish, I'm delighted from start to finish his team are friendly and do a great job. Thank you - Mark Kingston

      Mr Kingston

    • Second time we have had work done here and can't fault them. Looked after by good staff and the best workmanship. Thank you - Jane Buxton

      Ms Buxton

    • Had our caravan refurbished including a double bed and curtains with tie backs and what a fantastic job Mick and the whole team have made.
      It has made our 14 year old caravan better than when it was brand new!
      Great choice of fabric and foam - Could have leather in choice of colours too.
      Got a few quotes from other companies but Regal furnishings are by far the best - Jane Hutch

      Ms Hutch

    • Workmanship first rate. So pleased with the results. Would recommend them - Sheila Mclean

      Ms Mclean

    • Brilliant service. Quality work really good to deal with - Mr Todd

      Mr Todd