Caravan maintenance

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The rigours of the road can shake, rattle and roll your van. Give it the TLC it deserves.

Although your caravan doesn’t have an engine to maintain (or break down!), it should also be checked over by a professional before you embark on your journey and also on a regular basis throughout your trip. The following are some of the main things to check:

  • Brakes (ensure they are inspected by a specialist)
  • Jockey wheel
  • Wheel bearings
  • Safety chain
  • Water tank & fittings
  • Exterior of the van (check for cracks, holes, water damage)
  • Interior of the van (ensure everything is firmly fixed even after bumpy roads, check for cracks and water damage near windows and the door)
  • Gas fittings (check that gas cylinders and regulators are up to date and that connections and don’t leak)
  • Miscellaneous (check the manufacturer’s handbook for any other items that should be maintained on a regular basis)

Spending a bit of time on preparation and maintenance can reduce your chances of having a drama on the road. And it’s a great way of keeping ‘busy’ while your partner cooks dinner. Who knows, it may even inspire you to take up tinkering as a new hobby!

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