- April 30, 2020
- By myAdmin
- In Caravan Tips
At a time when we’re all stuck at home and good old bertha your trusty caravan is off the road it’s important that we look at servicing and maintaining your home on wheels before you’re allowed to travel again. Caravan & motorhome servicing is an important part of RV ownership and if it’s not done right, it can cause your dream vacation to be featured on trips from hell on the local news.
During lockdown time, we’ve put together a list of what we feel are some of the most important factors to consider when servicing your RV.
Start her up
Make sure, even know you’re not going anywhere that you get out and start the engine periodically throughout this downtime. Letting your caravan sit idle for months on end without being started and driven around the block can actually cause permanent damage to your batteries by discharging them to the point where you can’t get them charged again. To avoid the cost of new batteries before your next trip, make sure you head to the driveway and start the engine.
There’s a lot of weight sitting on those tires, and if they’re not moving, especially in cold weather they are likely to deflate and wear. You can even end up with flat spots where they have been sitting for extended periods.
Bad or worn tires are the leading cause of caravan accidents in Australia so if you see any cracks, sun damage, or wear and tear, then it’s better to be safe than sorry and get them changed. As a general rule, we would recommend that you don’t travel on tires that are older than 5 years.
Keep it clean and undercover
Just because you can’t go anywhere at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t clean your van. Excess dirt and grime can play havoc with window seals and rubbers so making sure you’re van is clean and washed regularly is something simple you can do to endure the health of your van.
Keeping your caravan undercover is also a great way to prevent sun damage, which can result in cracking of the paint, damage to your tires, and deterioration of any rubber components such as windscreen wipers. It can also cause considerable weakening to the material on your awnings or annexes.
So how do you find a good Caravan service centre?
When you’re looking for somewhere to take your pride and joy make sure you research their services. If they offer caravan servicing but also caravan and motorhome repairs you can be assured they have qualified mechanics onsite that know all there is to know about the RV industry. At Complete RV Services, you can check our reviews online and have a chat with our representatives to make sure we are a good fit for you.