Treating the water system
Purifying the water system is one of the first jobs on my caravan to-do list as I can leave the solution in the pipes while dealing with other things. Regardless of how well I drained the pipes/tank, I always treat the caravan to the prescribed dose of Puriclean.
- Full instructions are on the side of the container but it’s as simple as mixing a few spoonful’s of Puriclean with water.
- Close the water drain valve. Usually, a yellow toggle switch next to the water heater.
- Add the solution to the Aquaroll, or tank, and fill the water system until water flows steadily from each tap.
- With the pipes full, it’s worth checking for any leaks caused by frost damage.
- After the suggested amount of time, simply drain and rinse the system with fresh water.
- If you have a water filter fitted, now’s a good time to change it.
Wheels and Tyres
Tyres, understandably, are an essential part of every journey and should be given the attention they deserve. Sitting in one spot, being bombarded by ultraviolet rays takes its toll, as does the occasional kerb strike.
- Inflate to the correct pressure (found on a data sticker fixed to the caravan, or in the handbook) and check for cracks, cuts, bulges, and suitable tread depth.
- Renewing the tyres every five years, regardless of tread depth, is a worthwhile investment. The age of the tyre can be found on the sidewall in a 4-digit format – e.g., 0221 denotes February 2021. This date stamp is often stamped on one side of the tyre so check both sidewalls.
- TPMS? A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System constantly monitors tyre pressure and temperature; a handy piece of kit when towing. We used a TyrePal system during the Arctic Adventure and Bristanbul trips which gave enormous piece of mind while covering considerable distances. Already have TPMS? Now’s the time to check/renew the sensor batteries.