As the summer holidays fast approach, motorists are warned to be extra cautious on the roads with a lot of importance placed on vehicles being serviced before the long journeys are made.
The same goes for mobile holiday homes, which also require regular maintenance. Imperial Auto owned Campworld have provided a checklist that highlight some aspects worth having a look over your caravan before driving it out this December.
- Tyre check is usually always first on the list, check for any damages/slits/nails. Tyre pressure must be checked and adjusted once the caravan is fully loaded, not forgetting to check the spare wheel as well. It should be kept in mind that tyres have a lifespan of five years, regardless of the mileage they cover, it should be included into long-term maintenance plans.
- All gas bottles in the caravan should be checked and filled, as well as ensuring that all valves are clean and in working order. Gas lines between bottles and the stove should also be checked to ensure its safe to use.
- If water is going to be taken with then all water containers should be filled. Ensure that all water containers are full as water that moves around in half-filled containers may disturb the balance of the vehicle.
- Before leaving home unpack canvases and tent poles to make sure that everything is there and also clean. The same checks should be done before returning home
- On a lighter scale, the caravan should be thoroughly cleaned not forgetting to check inside the fridge, drawers and cupboards.
- Ensure that all electrical appliances such as the fridge, microwave, lights, water system and toilet system are in full working order so as to not be caught short in a remote location if these essentials fail.
- The fire extinguisher should be serviced and packed, along with a first aid kit that has been replenished with essentials.
- Lastly, check road lights, the battery and charging system, and give the bearings a once-over.
If there are any doubts about the safety or ‘health’ of a caravan or campervan, specialists at Campworld will gladly service it to safeguard your caravanning holiday turning into a nightmare.
Remember safer roads start with you. Take the I-Pledge at www.ipledge.co.za.