Purchasing a caravan is a big investment and owning one carries a lot of responsibilities in order to take proper care of it. Do you know what type of maintenance jobs you can perform on your caravan and which ones should best be left to the professionals to attend to?
While proper care to keep your caravan clean and prevent rust and mould from forming is a fairly easy maintenance task, wearable parts should be serviced regularly to reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns and other problems occurring. Is it even worth having your caravan professionally serviced if these tasks can be done at home? We hope you find answers to most of your questions in the article below.
Why Should your Caravan be Serviced?
Do caravans need to be serviced? Your caravan must be serviced regularly to ensure it is safe and ready to take to the road whenever you feel like going on an adventure. A properly maintained and serviced caravan that is in good condition will give you peace of mind that you and your family will be safe on the way to your destination and on the road back, no matter how far you venture.
If your caravan has been serviced professionally it will help avoid unforeseen breakdowns that can be very costly to repair. It is crucial that mechanical parts like brake pads are kept in good condition and tested to ensure they are operating at optimum levels before departing on your travels. Failure of mechanical parts can cause accidents as well as extensive damage to your caravan and towing vehicle.
How often Should Your Caravan be Serviced?
Although there are many factors that determine how often a caravan needs to be serviced, caravan manufacturers and industry experts recommend a full service after 10,000km or every twelve months, whichever comes first. It is also recommended to have your caravan checked and assessed before a proposed trip to ensure it is ready and comfortable for a long journey.
Typically you should have your caravan resealed every five to six years, however, if your caravan has water leaks or has recently been subjected to a hail storm it should be checked and the necessary repairs are done to prevent further damage from occurring. This will ensure a trouble-free journey and prevent any nasty surprises on the road that could ruin your holiday.
What can you Expect from a Caravan Service?
To enjoy trouble-free touring it is important to have your caravan serviced regularly. The following services may be included in a caravan service:
- Full mechanical safety check and lubrication of all moving parts
- Hub inspection
- Suspension inspection and lubrication
- Hitch inspection and lubrication
- Brake pad inspection and replacement brake pads if necessary at additional cost
- Electric brake wiring check
- External lighting and reflector check
- Water and wastewater leak inspection
- Tyre and spare tyre inspection for pressure and condition
- Drop-down leg inspection and lubrication
- Installation of new seals if necessary
- Electric brake wiring check
- Hail damage and leak assessment
- Checking the chassis for wear or cracks
- Checking the wheel bearings
Some other things that can be done during a caravan service include fitting accessories such as heaters, awnings, battery power systems, and stability legs.
Choose RV & Caravan Centre for your Caravan Servicing
RV & Caravan Centre have authorised warranty agents for all major caravan manufacturers and preferred insurance repairers for insurance providers. With more than 25 years of experience as MVRL licensed caravan service and repair experts, you can be confident that your caravan will be professionally serviced and repaired.
Please give us a call today on 1800 782 236 to learn more about our caravan services or leave an enquiry.