Last Updated on September 17, 2022 by John Robinson
The summer caravanning season is almost here meaning that now is a good time to start thinking about making sure your caravan is in the best possible condition. There are lots of simple things you can do which will help ensure your caravan doesn’t let you down when you need it most. Here are some useful caravan maintenance tips that will help you to enjoy your caravanning season.
Caravan Maintenance Tips For The Best Possible Condition
1. Keep Your Caravan Clean
Keeping your van clean is one of the simplest things you can do to maintain it before, during, and after your holiday. You’ll be surprised how much dirt builds up even during a short break away so pay attention to all nooks and crannies that may attract dirt over time. This is especially important when it comes to refrigerated van maintenance since dirt and grime can cause rust and mold growth which can seriously impact the functionality of your fridge. If you have a motorhome with an external waste tank, be sure to check it regularly for any signs of dirt or debris which may lead to leaks. Remember to only use van-friendly cleaning products as some household cleaners can damage the surface of your caravan.
2. Check Your Water And Waste Tanks Regularly
It’s all too easy to forget about checking and maintaining water and waste tanks but, regular maintenance will ensure that these two tanks remain corrosion-free and hold as much water as possible so you don’t run out halfway through a holiday. After every use of the toilet, clean the inside of the bowl using disinfectant wipes or foam before rinsing with fresh water. Ensure that all valves are closed tight before leaving home on your holiday, this should prevent both smells from entering the living space. If you do find some unpleasant odors make sure not to put up with them for too long, empty both tanks immediately.
3. Check For Leaks In Your Fittings And Valves
Inspect leaks on your caravan from time to time – even new caravans can develop leaks from parts that have been knocked or from poorly fitted pipelines where a seal has failed. Do this after heavy rainfall by walking around your caravan and checking all plumbing connections and seals for signs of dampness or moisture. A simple fix would be applying a new rubber washer where required. However, if you can’t identify exactly where any leak is coming from then you should seek professional help as soon as you can because It will be a lot easier to fix a leak before it turns into a more serious problem.
4. Stay Up To Date With Service Schedules
Your vehicle manufacturer will have put in place a service schedule for you to follow when maintaining your caravan – adhere to this is possible as it’s designed specifically for your model so they know exactly when each part should be checked or replaced. You should find your caravan’s service schedule in the handbook which is usually part of how to maintain a caravan. Regular servicing will ensure maximum efficiency and prevent problems on the road so make sure you stay on top of this as often as possible.
Caravan maintenance can be slightly different from that of other vehicles but the key points are still the same. By following these simple steps will help you to keep your caravan in a good condition. This should minimize the risk of breakdowns and make sure your holiday is as hassle-free as possible.