After a long winter I am sure many of you are thinking about your first venture out in your Motorhome this year. Before you set off it is important to ensure your Motorhome is ready. Here are a few tips.
Habitation checks are essential to ensure that your Motorhome is in good working order and free from any water ingress. Remember that your water ingress check must be carried out by a manufacturer approved workshop, however generally the other habitation checks can be carried out by any workshop, we recommend using an NCC approved. A habitation inspection will also check your gas and electrics are safe. Please contact us to book your annual water ingress check.
Even if your service is not due, we recommend having this done annually to ensure your engine is in good condition and safe. This also helps when you come to sell your Motorhome. If the Motorhome is under manufacturer’s warranty it is a good idea to visit a main dealer, otherwise a local garage will do and urge them to use genuine parts.
If your Motorhome hasn’t been moved for a while, ensure you check the condition of the tyres for cracks or degrading. Also check the tyre pressures are within the manufacturers safe PSI range. Note that tyres should be changed every 20,000 miles or every 10 years
It is a good idea to rinse your water tanks, pipes and taps with a Water Purifying chemical. It is important to do this before you use the Motorhome because of the build-up of bacteria in the system over the winter. There are many good products on the market, and they are easy to use
I guess this goes without saying, but after a long lay-up it is a good idea to give the inside and outside a good clean. Dirt and debris will increase deterioration of your Motorhome and keeping the Motorhome clean will prolong its life and add value, so that when you sell or trade in your Motorhome you will get a better price
Check for unwanted visitors
Infestations of mice or rats can occur over the winter months, so it’s important to check for any signs of damage to the furniture or signs of droppings. If you do discover an infestation, it would be a good idea to contact a pest controller for advice. Also check under the bonnet because rodents can eat engine insulation. If you discover that they have it’s a good idea to get your local garage to check that they haven’t done any damage to the pipes or electrics.