OPEN AND CLOSE
To store your caravan with the pop-up roof open has its advantages, says Johannes. “For me, it feels like it allowed your caravan to air out, and you can easily wipe up the dust that gets in through there.
“People often keep it closed, but without realising that they didn’t push the canvas walls in all the way as they were closing the roof. Then the roof’s rubber seals can’t do their job against water ingress, and when you pop the roof again, there’s water stains and damage on the canvas.
“Water that gets trapped in the grooves can also cause the gas struts to rust. Keep the windows closed and the fridge switched on – it prevents the pipes from rusting. If you do choose to switch the fridge off, clean and dry it thoroughly and leave the door open.”