Hard floor campers come with plenty of advantages. In addition to the lighter load resulting in less fuel use, they're often easier to tow. If you're planning to cover a lot of ground with yours, you may want to make sure you weatherproof it against all conditions first.
Douse your canvas in water before your trip
Soaking the camper's canvas in water before your trip is especially important when it's new. Choose a hot day so that it has no problem air-drying, soak it with water a few times and allow it to dry between each burst. When you soak your hard floor camper's fabric in water, the cotton has a chance to expand over the areas it's meant to seal. As a result, you won't encounter unexpected leaks if the rain starts to fall during your trip.
Clean your camper thoroughly after each trip
Although dust and dirt may seem fairly small and innocuous when you pitch them against a large camper sheet, they can cause problems if you allow them to build up. After each trip, make sure you leave your camper erect, or re-erect it, and clean the fabric using water and a soft brush. This is usually enough to remove anything that could weigh down the material, weaken it or cause mould to grow. Just like when you season your camper with water before each adventure, allow it to air dry in a warm environment.
Use a waterproofing solution
Even when the camper's fabric fits snugly around the sides, errant water can make its way through the fabric itself when you don't waterproof it regularly. Fortunately, you don't need to waterproof yours too often. Most people can get away with doing it every two to three years or each time they perform an intensive clean. Make sure you do this well in advance of your next trip in order to make sure the solutions work as they should.
Store it correctly to defeat mould
Once mould starts to settle into your hard floor camper, it can become difficult to get rid of. Between uses, try taking the following steps towards keeping mould away:
- Place silica gel sachets inside the camper
- Air it every so often
- Use a dehumidifier inside it once every two to three months
With the right amount of attention, you can make sure your hard floor camper is weatherproof and ready for your next trip. All the effort you make now works towards securing a well-functioning camper in the future.