Kakadu Annexes – Getting the Most Out of Your Caravan Annexe

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For the seasoned traveler and first-timer alike, the comforts of home are not something we are willing to forgo when traveling across this great land. The ideal way to experience the comfort and privacy of home when on the road is with a caravan annex.

With summer on our doorstep, now is the perfect time to plan that dream family road trip. 

However, in the rush and excitement of packing and hitting the road, is a vital step which is often forgotten – ensuring you get the most out of your caravan annex. Read on to discover how to make the most of this valuable caravan accessory.

Take Care of Your Annex – A properly fitted annex can provide protection from the elements, as well as extra space to stretch out and relax in. However, your annex is only as good as the time and care you put into maintaining it. Keep your annex in top condition by following these steps.


Annex Care Tips

  • Wash your annexe with warm water, rinse and dry thoroughly
  • Always ensure your annexe is completely dry before packing it away
  • Ensure the annexe roll-out mechanisms stay clean, well lubricated and in good working order
  • Spray zips and guide tracks regularly with silicon spray
  • Ensure stitching is in good order, and tie or cut off loose ends
  • Wash guide ropes regularly and check the condition of pegs


Wash Your Annex Thoroughly – When returning home from your caravanning adventure, washing your annex down is likely the last thing on your mind. However, thoroughly washing and drying your annex after every trip is the best way to remove stubborn stains, protect the annex against mould and maintain its water-resistant coating.


How to Wash Your Annex – The most important step when cleaning your canvas annexe is to check the manufacturer’s instructions. In the event there are no instructions, simply wash the canvas down with water to remove errant soil, leaves, grass or bird droppings. To remove stubborn stains, simply rub them lightly with a toothbrush. As canvas is treated with a waterproofing agent and mildew resistant coating, applying regular household soaps and detergents is ineffective.


Keep Your Annex Dry – After returning from a caravanning trip, ensure your annexe is completely dry before packing it away. If it is even slightly damp, you run the risk of attracting mould spores.


Treating Mould and Mildew - To treat mould and mildew, simply mix chlorine bleach (1 part bleach to 4 parts water), to produce a 1 percent chlorine solution. Spray the diluted mixture on the mildew and mould growths, and allow the canvas to dry in full sun.

Following this, hose the canvas down thoroughly to remove the bleach, and once again, allow the canvas to dry in full sun before packing away. Although the bleach solution may not remove all obstinate stains, it will kill all mould and mildew spores.


Annexe Maintenance – Ensure you treat the canvas annexe periodically with a water-proofing compound. This mixture should incorporate a mould and mildew inhibitor. This is available from the manufacturer or all good caravan and camping stores.


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