Camper trailers are relatively low-maintenance items; however, it's sensible to give yours a little bit of TLC in the run-up to a camping trip. Read on to find out more.

Check its tyres

Your camper trailer's tyres need to be in tip-top condition before you head off on your camping trip. These tyres are exposed to a considerable amount of weight (in the form of the tent and its frame) and are usually driven on bumpy roads (as most campsites are in rural areas, where the terrain tends to be quite rough).

This can mean that, if you don't prepare them properly, they could develop a puncture at some point during your travels; this could cause delays and affect how enjoyable your camping holiday turns out to be.

As such, it's crucial to give them a bit of TLC prior to your trip. Use a hose or pressure washer to remove any stones or dried dirt that is present in the tyre treads; this will improve traction if or when you drive on a muddy road and thus reduce the likelihood of your trailer getting stuck.

Then, use a pressure gauge to check each tyre's pressure levels, and adjust where necessary. Do not skip this step, as both over- and under-inflation can result in rapid deterioration of tyre rubber.

Air out the canvas

If your camper trailer has been stowed away for several months in a damp, poorly ventilated garage or shed, it's important to give it a thorough airing out before you leave on your trip.

This is because the canvas material is likely to have developed quite a pungent, musty odour if it has been folded away in a damp environment for several weeks or months. If you don't bother to air it out, you will then have to spend the first couple of nights of your camping trip sleeping in an extremely malodorous tent.

Don't wait until the last minute to do this, as it will take at least a few hours, if not an entire day, for the air circulating through the canvas to completely eliminate any unpleasant smells.

To do this, simply set up the tent in an area of your garden or driveway and leave it there for as long as possible. If possible, check the weather forecast beforehand and try to choose a day which is windy but dry, as this should help to speed up the airing-out process.