Spring Campervan maintenance tips

After an idle winter period, it is time to get your motorhome or campervan up and running for the summer season. Make sure that your vehicle is ready for personal and rental use again by doing some preventative maintenance before the high season starts.

Some suggested Spring maintenance tips

Maintenance of a preventative nature at the beginning of the Spring season may sound a bit strange and all will require some investment of time and money. However, if small issues are left unattented they may soon develop into much larger and more costly repairs and peace of mind is important when renting out vehicles. Firstly, make sure your gas safety certificate is up to date and uploaded onto your dashboard. This is a legal requirement on top of having commercial insurance, MOT and Road Tax so please keep on top of the paperwork to save you problems later on.

Doing ongoing checks and maintenance pre season is a good idea whilst your vehicle is off the road. It prevents the development of more serious issues, which may arise when the vehicle is in use, often requiring complex repairs in a season where most workshop are already busy. The objective is to avoid having the vehicle off the road peak season.

Servicing your vehicle

It’s vital to ensure your vehicle is safe to rent. Do not just rely on the MOT, but make sure that your vehicle is serviced mechanically and properly. Your safest bet is to get the servicing done by an Approved Workshop Scheme Member or with our new partner at HABCHECK who will do your Gas Safety Certificate and Habitation Check as a discounted rate for Camptoo customers so click here. Both adhere to a certain set of high quality standards. If you plan to rent out your vehicle for a large portion of the season, let the workshop know your expected annual mileage. As with any vehicle, your motorhome should be serviced on manufacturer recommendations, any warranty requirements and at mileage markers and already mentioned, Gas certificate, MOT and insurance in place.

Ask HABCHECK to conduct a ‘Habitation Check’ which is a thorough inspection of the habitation area of your motorhome or caravan. This is usually carried out by a specialist engineer and follows a set procedure. The check covers dangers such as fire risk, ventilation and gas systems, as well as problem areas such as water systems, damp, electrical systems and bodywork. Beofe you book with HABCHECK read more details about the habitation check here

 

Maintenance check ✔

When you are getting servicing done at the garage, which we recommend, they will do a thorough check. Make sure you take into consideration at least the following when you check the vehcile also –

  • Tyre check – make sure that the tyres still have enough profile for at least a full season of safe driving. Check the tyres for any other wear and tear like hairline cracks in the rubber, which indicates that the tyres are nearing the end of their lifespan. Also, make sure that the tyre pressure is within the acceptable range, especially if your vehicle has been idle during the winter period. Read our blog on Tyre MOT fails here
  • Fluids and oil check – once you open the bonnet check whether all the necessary fluids are still sufficiently filled. Use the dipstick to check important fluids like motor oil, coolant and brake fluid. If the levels of these fluids are below their acceptable levels, it can have serious mechanical consequences, so check these regularly.
  • Timing belt check – if you have the bonnet open to check the fluids, it may also be a good idea to check the condition of the timing belt. If you have a campervan with an old timing belt, or if you do not know the maintenance history of a secondhand bought campervan, it might be a good idea to replace the timing belt. If it would snap it could ruin the entire engine.
  • Clutch check – if your clutch has been in use for quite a while already, say after 100,000 miles, you may consider replacing it. This may prevent costly repatriation and repair costs if the old clutch would fail. It’s very diffcult to prove clutch failure is a result of driver behaviour so this is important to avoid issues during rental periods if the clutch goes.
  • Brake check – make sure that the brake pads are still in good condition. The brakes need to be in very good shape to guarantee a safe journey for all who drive the vehicle, both for yourself and the renters. If recommended to change during the service we would advise doing so.
  • Battery check – after a long period of being idle, check the condition of the battery. Make sure that the battery has sufficient power to start the engine whenever needed. Batteries do need replacing and one of biggest issues is battery efficiency and quick draw down. They cost around £100 so it’s worth the upgrades

In summary…your Spring maintenance tips are :-

The Summer high season is on its way and we all have want to have a busy but SAFE season for all!

  1. Please read your Rental contract and your breakdown cover
  2. Ensure your Insurance, MOT and RoadTax is up to date and you have reminders of when they need renewing
  3. We recommend you engage a HABCHECK for a Gas Check or Hab Check or for an annual service with the Approved Workshop Scheme
  4. It is best to address any maintenance work on your camping vehicle as soon as possible. This will prevent any small issues to develop into larger, more costly, repairs.
  5. By doing the maintenance early in the season you do not have to tackle these problems last minute, when garages are fully booked. This means that you do not have to worry about maintenance anymore when you go on holidays yourself, or about missing revenue when you want to rent it out.

So let’s give your motorhome some love at the beginning of the season and it will allow you to relax more during the high season with peace of mind you are on top of your rental business.

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