How to maintain your caravan to keep it in top shape

Your caravan is a huge investment, so it’s important to maintain that by keeping it in good working order.

You certainly don’t want to find yourself with a problem miles away from your preferred repairer – a setback could cost you plenty of money and delay your travels by weeks.

Follow our top tips to maintain your caravan to keep it in great working order year round.

Caravan maintenance tip #1: conduct an annual audit

Every year (now is a good time) conduct a thorough audit of the workings of your caravan. Things to check include:

  • Wheels and tyres – check for signs of wear and tear and pump tyres with air
  • Plumbing, water tank and fittings – ensure fittings are not rusty or leaky
  • Gas fittings – check cylinders are not leaky
  • Interiors – check all fittings and carpentry is firmly fixed and can withstand a trip down a bumpy road
  • Electric appliances – give the electric appliances the once over – replace any exposed wires
  • Cooling/heating – perform a check following instructions in the owner’s manual
  • Lights – make sure all the lights are in good working order and replace globes if necessary
  • Exteriors – make sure there are no cracks or leaks
  • Awning – give it a test run to make sure it’s working and has no holes or tears

Caravan maintenance tip #2: care for the wheels and tyres

Before every trip, tighten the wheel nuts on your tyres. Caravans often travel on rougher roads, which can cause the wheel nuts to loosen. If left unchecked, the nuts can weaken and potentially cause expensive accidents if they come completely loose. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for tips on how to tighten the wheel nuts specific to your caravan make and model. And of course, keep your tyres at optimal air pressure at all times.

Caravan maintenance tip #3: care for the lights

The lights are one of the most important safety features of your caravan, so you want them in top working order at all times. Before every trip, give lights a clean and check globes to make sure they’re still working.

Caravan maintenance tip#4: keep the water fresh

Stale water in the system is really unpleasant for your showers and dishwashing, so empty the tank at least once a year and check the water pressure on all taps, and check for signs of leaks. Any leaks should be fixed immediately before they cause significant damage.

Caravan maintenance tip #5: clean the seals and vents

The door seals and vents can build up with debris, especially if you have been travelling in dusty, leafy or windy areas. If left untreated, the build-up can cause the rubber seals to corrode. Give all seals and vents a good clean once a year or after each big trip.

Caravan maintenance tip #6: give it a good clean

At least twice a year give the caravan a thorough clean from top to bottom. For the interiors, empty out all possessions and give it a good dust, scrub, polish and vacuum. For the exterior, give everything a good scrub and polish with a specialist polish product to protect the caravan against the harsh Australian elements.

Most importantly, if you spot any significant damage, have it repaired by the professionals.  Contact us today to arrange a free quote.

 

 

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