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How to survive a winter caravanning trip

When there is so much beauty in the natural landscapes of Australia, there is really no reason to take expensive holidays abroad. And if you make an investment in a caravan, you can drive to wherever you please, whenever you please, and enjoy all the home comforts that come with caravanning in the 21st century.

One thing that you might be a little apprehensive about is travelling with your caravan in the winter time. The experience can be more challenging, but if you are prepared with the right caravan accessories and follow some simple rules, you will also be able to enjoy the great outdoors in Australia throughout the colder months of the year.

Here are a few winter caravanning essentials to help you to enjoy your winter break:

Switch your gas supply. Gas cylinders are an essential commodity in caravans during the winter months because they are commonly used to heat a caravan space and for cooking. Both are extremely useful for warming your bones when there is a chill outside. And in the winter months, you need to use a completely different type of gas to the summer. In summertime, you will have no problems using butane, but in the winter there is a risk of butane freezing, and thus, you wouldn't be able to use it. The freezing point of propane is different and better suited to winter caravanning.

Keep yourself warm. Having the right gas is one thing, but you also need to make sure that you have enough gas stored in your caravan because you are likely to use more gas for heating in the winter months. Check in with your local propane supplier for an estimate of how many cylinders will be needed for your trip. You should also pack some thermal blankets so that once you have heated up the caravan, you can lock some of the heat in while you sleep without needing to pump out the gas for heating all night long.

You should also not take for granted that your caravan has a gas heater installed. This is by no means standard as many people only choose to go caravanning and camping when the weather makes things a little easier. If you don't have nifty caravan accessories like gas heaters already, be sure to purchase them before your trip.

Insulate water carriers. Water is another caravanning essential. You will need it for drinking, for cleaning and for flushing the toilet. If you are heading to somewhere that has very cold temperatures, there is a chance that your water supply could freeze and it is a very good idea to take the precaution of insulating your water carrier. You don't need to purchase any specialist equipment to do this. You could simply wrap a water carrier in a thick blanket or in a few layers of bubble wrap.

Protect your caravan. Travelling in the winter is not just a matter of keeping warm and protecting yourself from the elements; you also have to protect your caravan from the elements. During the winter, it is likely that you will experience more condensation inside your caravan than in the summer. For this reason, investing in a caravan accessory such as a mobile dehumidifier can be very useful. This will prevent the condensation building up, which can save your caravan from mould.

Once you have returned from your winter caravanning adventure, you should also empty your caravan of all its water so there is nothing in the pipes or the toilet. This is because if the water is left to freeze it could cause damage to those elements of your caravan.