- When booking your campsite, look for one with heated toilet and shower blocks and mains electric hook-ups and this will make your stay that bit more comfortable.
- Use propane gas instead of butane as it performs better in the cold weather. Check you have the correct adapter for the type of gas you are using by visiting your local caravan accessory or camping shop.
- To prevent freezing of waste tanks or toilets, use water system (or car) antifreeze.
- It's not advisable to use gas heaters overnight due to dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, so use electric fan heaters that can be thermostatically controlled or better still, invest in some cold weather sleeping bags and extra blankets to cut down on heating costs.
- If possible, pitch your caravan so that the fridge and other vents are not facing into surprising winds.
- If it should snow, make sure you clear any snow drifts away from caravan vents and shake the snow off the mains cable so it does not get buried too deep.
- Snow chains are always handy to have in the car, should you get stuck in the snow. Just make sure you know how to fit them before setting off on your holiday and remove them as soon as the snow clears.
- If you're looking to buy a new caravan for use over the winter, look for one that has an insulation grade of two or three. All models from 1999 should have an insulation grade, so ask your local caravan dealer.
- If you're planning on caravanning a lot over the winter and are able to invest in a new tow car, look for a four wheel drive with ABS and traction control.
With the long winters we've been experiencing and the wet summers, make the most of your caravan all year round and book a winter break. You'll be surprised how busy some campsites are over Christmas and New Year, so always plan ahead and ring to book your pitch, making sure they're not closed over winter.