We are often so focused on remembering car services that we often forget that other vehicles in the garden might also require a service to keep these items in good condition.
Your caravan is one of these items that are often overlooked when it comes to maintenance because it is something you only need when it is time to head out for a holiday adventure.
Caravans are quite expensive and they, like your vehicle, can also be quite expensive to repair if the damages have gotten out of control. It is important to also get your caravan serviced regularly. Here are a couple of things you need to keep in mind when you get your caravan serviced.
You probably don’t use your caravan nearly as much as you use your average car and that is why this holiday van also doesn’t need to be serviced quite as often. 88% of caravan owners choose to service their caravans every year while 10% only get these vehicles checked every two to three years.
It is good to get your caravan serviced once a year because these services keep them in good condition, help you avoid costly breakdowns, and preserve the resale value.
These mobile homes have plenty of components that can wear down over time. Worn-out components need to be replaced when necessary and there are lots of tasks that need to be completed on all moving parts of the caravan. Here is a quick look at components that are usually checked, greased, repaired, or replaced when your caravan gets serviced:
If these items are not inspected and serviced regularly, your caravan can become a danger on the road.
Caravans usually end up sitting in the garage or back yard for months on end without being attended to in any way. A lot can happen during this time. Dogs or rodents could have chewed up some wiring, components could have started rusting over, or the tires could have gotten some flat spots at their base.
Before every trip you should inspect the following parts of your caravan:
The wheel bearings need to be checked every 10,000 km or once a year. But it is also a good idea to check your wheel bearings just before a long journey and to grease them up if they seem a bit dry.
Caravan brakes are usually changed every 10,000 km but you should test the brakes before every single trip. This is one of the most important inspections to carry out because these mobile homes can be so heavy and can alter your ability to stop when you are busy slowing down.
If your caravan is a bit old then you should check the suspension before every trip. Check the springs and suspension and look out for signs of wear.
Proper weight distribution is critical for safe caravanning and can impact your fuel efficiency while you travel. It is important to che4ck your weight distribution and to ensure that everything is placed evenly so you can ensure good handling on the road.
Double-check your tires to ensure that they still have the correct air pressure and test your indication lights before you leave. These two elements are extremely important for keeping you and others on the road safe.
Caravan services are quite complex and need to be done correctly or you could be putting yourself and your family at risk when you travel. It is best to leave your caravan in the hands of skilled professionals from Kendon Auto Electrical & Mechanical. These specialists can properly inspect and repair your caravan so it will stay in great shape.