Tuesday, 13 March 2018 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
The days are getting longer and daffodils are starting to bloom which can only mean that spring is finally here. If your motorhome has been in storage or out of use during the winter months, now is a great time to get it ready for your first trip of the new holiday season.
Here are seven key elements that you’ll need to check and prepare on your motorhome:
1. Tyre condition
If you haven’t periodically moved your motorhome during the winter months, it’s vital that you check all your tyres carefully for bulging, warping and cracking. Not forgetting to check the air pressure is at the correct manufacturer’s recommended level. Check the wheel nuts are appropriately tightened and look out for rust or heavy wear.
2. Damp or leaks
Spotting signs of damp early on is crucial, as this can cause a huge amount of damage to your motorhome. Check around the skylights, windows and doors for any signs of potential leaks and give your upholstery a thorough checking for signs of damp. If your motorhome smells musty, then open all the doors and windows to let the fresh air blow through. If your motorhome still smells damp afterwards, try using a dehumidifier for a few hours inside.
3. The drinking water system
It’s essential to clean your drinking water system to ensure that it is free of bacteria and safe to use. Flush the system out using a good steriliser to clean all your tanks. Your toilet should already be clean but you could still give it a good scrub and a rinse, using toilet products to ensure that it’s clean and fresh.
4. Important paperwork
Make sure that you have the appropriate motorhome insurance in place so you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re covered in the event of an incident. You wouldn’t want to get stranded on the roadside if your motorhome breaks down, keep yourself on the move with our breakdown insurance so you don’t lose precious time visiting and exploring new places.
5. Safety and security
Test all your safety and security equipment to ensure it is in excellent working order. If you have a tracker fitted you could drive your motorhome to a destination, then call the tracking company once you’ve arrived to check that they can locate it correctly. It’s best to find this out in advance so you can then arrange to get it fixed before you set off on your first trip away of the new season.
6. Motorhome servicing
Get your motorhome serviced regularly to reduce the chances of any issues resurfacing. Make sure that you book a service well in advance as you’ll find that everyone else is thinking the same as you. When you get your gas system checked, ensure that you book a person who is Gas Safe registered.
7. Spring clean
Keeping your motorhome clean on the inside and out can reduce the build-up of dirt that can cause damage and deterioration to your vehicle. This’ll help to prolong the life of the motorhome and if/when you decide to upgrade to a newer motorhome you’ll be able to get a much better price when trading in.