With summer approaching and the weather improving it’s more than likely that you’ll be wanting to spend more time out and about in your caravan or motorhome.
If your vehicle has been in storage over the winter months, or just not in use for a month or two, there are some important maintenance checks that ought to be carried out before departing for your next trip. The last thing you’d want is to have an accident or be left without electricity because a quick equipment check was skipped before you left.
Basic summer caravan maintenance checks
A few basic checks carried out prior to departure can help to ensure a trouble free getaway:
Make sure that tyres on both your caravan and your tow car are at the correct pressure, and that they are not cracked or damaged. Under inflated tyres can lead to poor vehicle handling and also require more fuel to maintain the same speed.
- Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detector
Check that these are working and replace if necessary.
Some older models are prone to power leak so it’s best to double check your battery is fully charged.
- Breakaway Cable & Fastenings
A visual check will ensure that both are working correctly. It is also worthwhile checking the leads and pulls that are used to tow your caravan to check for any damage that could potentially weaken the connection during your journey.
- Doors & Windows
Check to ensure that seals have not deteriorated whilst in storage and that latches are fully operational.
- Jockey Wheel & Handbrake
Test to make sure that both are functioning properly. Check for corrosion and wear and tear.
- Internal Appliances
Check that gas and electrical connections are working properly, and that the fridge, cooker and heater all work.
Check that brake lights, indicators, reverse lights, parking lights and side lights are all working, clean and free from mud and grime.
These checks needn't be time consuming and may ensure you can enjoy your holiday without any surprises! All that’s left to do is make sure your caravan insurance is up to date, stock up with food and water and enjoy your getaway!