What Does A Motorhome & Caravan Maintenance Service Include?by Jilli S. Consultant
Motorhomes and caravans have many parts that can wear due to
constant use. It is paramount to check all the components for proper
functioning and replace them when required. A typical motorhome or caravan
servicing will include inspecting all the parts to ensure they are correctly connected
to the vehicle and are lubricated fittingly.
During a regular motorhome or caravan maintenance service, the
following checks and services are performed:
1. Examine all parts as part of safety inspection
Safety inspection makes sure the caravan is safe and equipped to undertake any long travel. Parts that undergo inspection include:
Connection cables for ground-fault protection
Fire safety – An RV must have a genuine fire extinguisher and
smoke detector that works properly.
All appliances in the motorhome or caravan should function
Inspect brake wiring for loose connections or tears in the
Electric brakes and park brakes cable adjustment and operation
should work correctly.
Check if wheel nuts are tightly attached.
Check bearings for possible damage.
Headlights - Examine the headlights, right and left indicators,
hazard warning lights, reversing lights and fog lamps. The glass lenses must
not have any cracks and should be clean and clear.
Inspect suspension & control arm mounting bolts – Bolts and
locknuts must function and be tightly torqued.
A-frame and chassis should not have any distortion, cracks or
breakup of parts.
Shock absorbers - The locknuts of mounting bolts must be tight
and must not have any leaks.
Battery connections – Batteries must be appropriately connected
Wheel alignment and balancing are essential every 10,000
kilometres. Also, check the tyre pressure.
The suspension needs proper lubrication.
Inspect the jockey wheel and mounting jacket for any damage.
Bodywork and windows must not have small gaps.
Inspect for link damage in the safety chains.
Springs – spotting of sagging, cracks, distortion or breakage
Tow coupling – coupling bolts locknuts must be tight.
Inspect water tanks for breaks or cracks to prevent leaks.
Inspect water system – Replace filters as required, and water
should flow well.
All moving parts should be appropriately lubricated and
connected safely to the caravan or motorhome.
2. Important Fluids
During the service maintenance of your motorhome or caravan, an inspection of fluid levels is vital - it includes brake oil, transmission fluid and engine coolant, and they must be topped up as required. Apart from the regular service, you can also do it yourself if need be.
3. Brake Magnets
Brake magnets are tested during a caravan or motorhome service to make sure they are functioning well so that you can have a safe journey. Brake magnets endure up to 50,000 kilometres of use.
4. Sway Control Safety System
A tilting rig can be very risky and may cause mishaps while on the road. The sway control system of your caravan enhances the overall safety of the rig by keeping the caravan aligned with the tow vehicle.
Awnings are a vital accessory of a motorhome or caravan as they extend your living space when camping. So awnings are checked to ensure they can stretch out and contract seamlessly.
Also, they are inspected for damages and are adjusted when
Due to overuse, caravan or motorhome may develop dents, cracks, scratches, chips, rust and exhaustion. And worn out chassis parts can appear on the chassis. Chassis maintenance is a must to avert potential damage and should be performed every one or two years.
There should be no obstruction in the vents. Vents are cleaned, and any dirt, debris or moulds are cleared during a maintenance service.
You’ll find seals on the windows, door and roof, which help avert dirt and moisture from entering. Due to ageing, these seals can crack, necessitating their inspection and replacing them as needed.
The Bottom Line
Your caravan/motorhome requires maintenance service
at least once a year (every 12 months), even if it is not being used. Also, if
you think something is not right with your motorhome or caravan, immediately
have it inspected by an expert. It will ensure your motorhome or caravan
remains in top condition and ready to move whenever you require.
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