As winter approaches, a lot of people plan ahead as they expect to spend time camping in static caravans. In some cases, it’s for a short holiday while in other cases it’s a number of people looking to share a touring caravan while they are on the move.
So how do you keep a static caravan warm? If you are camping in your holiday home in the months between October and January, then it is important that you have multiple options for keeping warm. The popularly used options will be to use a fan heater, oil filled radiator or a hot blown air device. Some of the other options available will be discussed in further detail below.
Aside from people that enjoy going on occasional trips or vacationing in their caravans, many other people live in their park homes all year round. It is worth noting that the winter can be the toughest time of the year to use a caravan for shelter because of the extreme cold associated with the season.
However, if you take measures to ensure that your caravan has a good heating system, then you are sure to enjoy your time in your caravan to the fullest despite the cold. People with young children, especially, would require a caravan with good heating, as children are more sensitive to cold weather than adults.
There are several ways to keep your caravan warm at night, and some of them are listed below:
One of the easiest ways to keep your caravan warm at night is to use a heater. A cheap low wattage caravan heater is all you need to ensure you do not get any midnight chills.
Heaters are extremely easy to use and do not require any special maintenance. They also help in keeping the temperature inside the caravan high, thereby providing you with adequate warmth. Most caravan heaters are ideal as they take up very little space and provide a steady stream of warm air.
There are different types and sizes of heaters on the market. Which one you choose depends on the size of your caravan and the number of people that would be staying in it. You could also purchase either a gas heater or an electric one, depending on your preferences.
It is worth noting that making use of gas heaters require great care and vigilance. You must make sure that you do not forget to turn off the heater after use. Also, you have to ensure that the area in which you are using the gas heater is well ventilated.
Electric heaters are also a pretty good option to help keep your caravan warm at night because they can quickly generate a sufficient amount of heat. Portable electric heaters can also be placed anywhere in the caravan and can be moved about without any difficulty.
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To remain safe – if you have young kids travelling with you – it is better that you place the heater out of their reach to avoid any unfortunate accidents happening.
Heated Electric Blankets
Making use of heated electric blankets is another excellent way to keep your caravan warm and cosy at night. Heated blankets are made to have integrated electrical heating wires and are a safer alternative to electric heaters, especially if young children are also occupying the caravan.
Once they are plugged in, heated electric blankets are great for keeping you warm in a caravan – even if you do not wish to use other sources of heating in the caravan. Heated blankets come in different sizes and qualities, ranging from fleece blankets to dual heated blankets.
You can make your choice according to your needs, budgets, and preferences.
There are also electric heated blankets which are custom made for children, so if you have children staying with you in the caravan, you can get them the perfect ones for them.
Another option, if you are worried about your kids using an electric blanket, is to switch it on prior to bedtime and then switch it on just before your little ones go to bed.
Thermal Curtains and Blinds
During winter, it is imperative that you get some thermal blinds and keep them closed at night so that the heat that is generated inside the caravan does not escape.
There is no point in keeping your heater turned on if you are going to leave your curtains open and allow heat to escape continuously.
During the day, you can open up your curtains and blinds so that the heat from the sun can come in through the windows and provide a sufficient amount of heat to warm up the caravan.
As is the case with caravan heaters and heated blankets, there are several curtains and blinds from which you can choose depending on your needs and preferences.
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Along with the other source or sources of heating that you have installed in your caravan, you can also make use of thermal underlay as an effective way of keeping your caravan warm at night.
Thermal caravan underlay helps prevent heat loss through the floor of your caravan and makes it comfortable enough to be walked on while providing better heat distribution.
When using a caravan in cold weather conditions, it is essential that you check its windows and make sure that they do not have little gaps or cracks through which heat can escape from the caravan.
If you notice any gaps that you previously missed out on, then you could temporarily cover them up with carpets or pillows so that as little heat as possible is lost from the caravan. However, it is best to always examine your caravan properly before going away to help rule out any gaps in its windows and doors.
If you find any, ensure that you repair them before going on the tour.
Figuring out how to keep warm in a caravan is not completely impossible if you plan ahead and avoid getting distracted. Getting stuck outdoors without a proper plan is no fun at all, especially at night, when there is no heat from the sun to rely on.
However, if you take adequate measures to ensure that you have the right heating solutions for your caravan, you would have no problems keeping warm when camping or on holiday.
Using any or all of the heating solutions suggested above are guaranteed to help you keep a caravan warm in at night, especially in the winter.