For most people, a pop-top caravan is a substantial investment. Regular maintenance of your pop-top will make sure it runs and looks better, lasts longer, and commands a higher price when it comes time to sell. Most importantly, it will ensure that your pop-top caravan remains a safe place for you and your family.
If you develop a good routine and carry it out regularly, keeping on top of your pop-top caravan maintenance won’t be such an ordeal. Ask other caravanners and refer to your manufacturer’s handbook for some good guidelines on what to include in your maintenance routine.
Most pop-top caravan maintenance tasks are fairly self-evident, and follow the same principles as maintenance of other vehicles, but there are a few areas that can be easy to overlook. Consider the following points when carrying out maintenance of your pop-top caravan:
Pop-top caravan maintenance tips
- The fabric component of a pop-top caravan is susceptible to developing mould and mildew – be sure to clean any soft material regularly. For vinyl, use a recommended commercial cleaner; for canvas, use cold, clean water. Make sure you let all fabric dry completely before closing the pop-top roof.
- Clean moving components on the pop-top roof and lubricate them with a silicone spray. Regularly inspect these components for rust, corrosion or damage.
- After each caravanning expedition, wash and polish the exterior of your caravan, and thoroughly clean the interior.
- Each season, change the battery in your caravan’s smoke detector.
- Check the water system regularly. Flush it out with a sterilising solution and change the water filter when necessary.
- Check your gas supply and replace the high-pressure hose every few years.
- Aim to have your caravan appliances serviced annually, or according to manufacturer guidelines.
- Check your caravan mattresses regularly for signs of moisture retention.
- Clean your caravan’s 12V plugs regularly to guard against insect nests.