We know it's barely fall, but in the world of camping, it might as well be winter! And when it's winter, that means it's time to winterize your camp cabins.
Winterization is a long word for an even longer list of tasks that should be going on your to-do list this fall.
You may be wondering, Do I need to winterize my camp cabins if I'm holding camp over the winter? The answer is yes — although, if that's the case, then your task list will be significantly shorter.
However, if you are shutting things down from now until spring, then you have a lot of work to do, so let's get started!
How to winterize your camp mattresses
Begin the winterization process with your camp mattresses. How do you winterize a camp mattress? Start with these steps:
- Check each camp mattress for rips, tears or other damage. Don’t leave mattresses with damaged covers to sit all winter.
- Clean your mattresses.
- Organize and prepare for new purposes.
- Look for signs of bed bugs if you don’t have bed bug proof mattresses. If you find bed bugs, get rid of them immediately.
How to winterize your camp cabins
Now that your camp mattresses are taken care of, its time to evaluate the cabins themselves. Depending on whether or not your camp cabins have running water, some of the items on this checklist may not apply to you. However, make a note of which tasks you need to address and take it from there.
- Yard work. Excess foliage, fallen branches, pine needles and leaves surrounding your camp cabins can be a fire hazard. Take some time to rake and trim trees and limbs as necessary so that you're not providing fuel for any potential fires.
- Siding. Walk around the exterior of your camp cabins look for areas in the siding that have been chewed by critters or bugs. If you notice any signs of animals leaving their mark on your camp cabins, invest in some anti-chewing spray or call pest control.
- Shingles and gutters. Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Also, clear the gutters of leaves, sticks and other debris so they're not overflowing when you return in the spring.
- Cracks and caulk. If there are any openings, insects and animals will find their way into your cabins. Keep this from happening by carefully inspecting each cabin's foundation, the corner where the foundation meets the walls, the vents, and around all of the windows.
- Ventilation. This is especially important for cabins with attics. If the attic is not properly ventilated, it will get too warm in the winter, causing snow to melt and then refreeze into ice. Ice buildup on the roof can result in fairly expensive damages.
- Furniture. Winter can be hard on even outdoor furniture. If there are chairs, picnic tables or other types of outdoor equipment sitting outside your cabins, consider storing them inside where they'll be protected from snow, ice, mold and even theft.
- Water. If your camp cabins have sinks, toilets or showers inside, and your area is known to experience very cold winters, you may want to consider pouring antifreeze down your drains. Also, if there are hoses or sprinklers set up outside, be sure to clear the water lines, disconnect the hoses and store them in a shed or somewhere indoors.
- Thermostat. You shouldn't turn the electricity off completely, but do turn the thermostat down to 55 degrees at the lowest. This temperature should keep your pipes from freezing.
- Blinds. Before you leave, pull the blinds down to protect the interior of your cabin along with the bunk beds and mattresses from the sun. Closed blinds also deter intruders.
Time to shop
Now that summer camp season is over, you finally have time to shop around for the camp mattresses or bunk beds you desperately need for next summer. Start shopping now by clicking on the banner below to browse our catalog. Or, if you prefer to shop over the phone, give us a call at (800) 203-2507, and request to speak to one of our sales team members!