How to stay snug while caravanning across South Africa
Freezing temperatures are not something you would usually associate with South Africa’s summer months. With spring making its presence firmly known and summer rolling in, more and more South Africans are gearing up to taking their off-road caravans on exciting overland trips. The last thing you would be concerned about at this time of year is shivering at night, during a season when day temperatures can easily reach high into the 30s.
However, as every experienced overland off-roader has had to learn, the night temperatures can be drastically lower than day temperatures, depending where you are travelling. The Karoo is a perfect example of this, where the desert heat seems unyielding during the day, but temperatures drop sharply at night. So let’s take a closer look how you can stay snug while enjoying an off-road caravan holiday.
Taking care of the basics when caravanning across South Africa
The preparation needed to stay snug while on the road starts even when you are still only looking at caravans for sale. While many people buy their caravans as standard, many others decide to add additional tweaks that alter it to suit their particular needs. Whatever your preferences are, it pays to take time to do some maintenance work and prepare your new caravan for the South African weather, before leaving on your holiday. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can do that.
Prepare for the weather
Before leaving on your caravanning holiday, take some time to do proper maintenance work and prepare your caravan for the climate of your destination. Ensure it is watertight and draught-proof, and that the seals are all in perfect working order. Also make sure the tyre pressures are correct and tread depth ample for driving on wet and tough off-road conditions. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your caravan in winter and summer, it is definitely worth investing in insulation for the walls, floor and roof.
Regardless of your choice of caravan heating, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself from the chill of plummeting temperatures when the sun sets, no matter what time of year you travel. Consider the following tips:
• Park where the sun warms your caravan, drawing the curtains before the temperature drops;
• Use a drought snake at the door to keep the outside air where it belongs: outside;
• Place a thick rug on the floor, especially where you first put your feet when hopping out of bed.
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Since our inception, we have helped countless South Africans go off-road and explore South Africa the way it was always meant to be explored – up close and personal. If you are looking for caravans for sale that can get rough and dirty, let us help you choose the best unit for your needs.