Servicing – What’s Involved?

Every vehicle circulating on the road is required by law to be in good mechanical condition, so that is presents no danger to anyone.

Not only a legal requirement to keep your caravan roadworthy, but regular servicing of any vehicle will also increase its reliability and provide a better resale value than if it had no proof or signs of maintenance – it’s common sense!

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KEEP YOUR WARRANTY VALID

Manufacturers are providing their customers with longer warranty periods than in previous years – take Adria as an example, which recently increased  its electrical and mechanical warranty to 5 years (where they previously offered 2 years), in addition to the 10 years water ingress. This is all very good but unless you service your caravan in their required schedule by an authorised workshop, any manufacturer will void your caravan’s warranty!

TOOLS AND QUALIFICATIONS WHERE NEEDED

Not every step can or should be done at home. Wherever there is gas or electrics involved, only qualified technicians should be performing the work. Also, some seemingly simple jobs can compromise the structural integrity of your caravan.

Improperly sealed modifications or panels removal for maintenance will most likely lead to damp. This takes a while to show but when it does, you know it is most likely too late and the couple hundred pounds you saved will be nowhere near what you will now spend to repair, and that’s if it’s still at a stage where it can be repaired.

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SO, WHAT WORK IS DONE WHEN SERVICING?

A full caravan service entails:

Chassis & Running Gear

Coupling head – check wear/damage & lubricate
Nose weight check & report (best practice)
Ball acting stabiliser – check friction pads
Coupling head gaiter – check for splits
Breakaway cable & clip – check condition, routing & integrity
Drawbar – inspect & check
Corner steadies & spare wheel carrier – check for damage, operation & lubricate
Jockey wheel – check condition, operation & lubricate
Chassis – check condition, security of assemblies including chassis to floor security
Wheels & tyres – check for damage or distortion
Tyres – assess age & advise replacement if over seven years
Tyres – check condition & wear pattern (including side walls & valves)
Check & record tyre tread depths
Check & record tyre pressures including spare
Suspension – visually check condition of rubbers, bushes, dampers & springs
Remove brake drums – clean & check hub bearings & seals
Brake shoes – clean & check condition of linings (including springs & expanders)
Brake rods, cables & supports – check operation, lubricate & adjust
Refit brake drums – torque hub nuts to manufacturers settings, adjust brakes & check operation
Replace road wheels & torque to manufacturers settings (quality control check required)
Handbrake mechanism – check operation, adjust& lubricate

Electrical Systems

12n, 12s/13 pin euro plugs & cables – check condition & test
Road lights & reflectors – check condition & operation
Battery (if fitted) – check condition of battery and compartment & check battery charge state
Battery (if fitted) – check & top up level if required & perform high discharge test
Check battery charge rate from 12s/13 pin euro plug
Fridge – check operation from 12s/13 pin euro plug
Interior lighting & equipment- check operation & fuse rating
Awning light – check operation
Wiring earths – check for defects on all ELV circuits
LV inlet plug & extension lead – check condition & resistance across connection points
Earth bonding – carry out resistance check
RCD unit – check operation of RCD test button & operation of MCB’s
230v sockets – carry out plug top polarity test
Charger – check output charge rate at battery connections
Fridge – check operation of fridge on 230v
Check operation of all other 230v appliances,fans & luminaries
Air conditioning (if fitted) – check operation
Check that any additional items are to the correct standard

Gas System (Fridge not serviced unless requested)

Regulator & gas hose – check age, performance & security
Carry out gas leak check
Appliances – check operation of all gas appliances fitted including FFDs
Gas cylinder – check security
Ensure all gas dispersal vents are clear

Water System

Water pump & pressure switch – check operation
Taps, micro switch, valves, pipes & tank (if fitted) check condition & operation
Water filter & housing – check for leaks & replace filter if required
Waste system – check for leaks
Water tanks (if fitted) – check security of all water tanks, including underslung
Drain down – winter only (unless advised by customer not to do so)
Toilet – check security, operation of flush pump & lubricate seals

Ventilation

Fixed ventilation – check for obstruction & free flow of air
Check all fixed ventilation is guarded against vermin ingression
Roof lights – check for cracks, operation & free of obstructions

Fire & Safety

Smoke alarm – check operation & replace battery if necessary
If a fire extinguisher is fitted, check to ensure it is in date
If a fire blanket is fitted – check security of its housing

Bodywork & Trims

Doors & windows – check operation of all locks, catches, stays & seals
Roof – check condition of roof lights & seals & also general condition of roof
Grab Handles – check security & sealing
Number plate – check legibility & security
Flooring – check for delamination/sponginess
Furniture – check condition & operation of all furniture doors, handles & fixings
Blinds & fly screens – check tension, operation & material for signs of damage
Damp Test – carry out extensive damp test (report will be listed on a seperate damp report sheet)

Carbon Monoxide Health Check

Checks for the emissions of carbon monoxide is standard practice with stockport caravan services.
What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?
CO is a colourless and odourless gas, making its presence difficult to detect.
It is formed when domestic fuels such as gas, coal, wood and charcoal are burned.
When fuel burns in an enclosed room, the oxygen in the room is gradually used up and replaced with carbon dioxide.
If carbon dioxide builds up in the air, the fuel is prevented from burning fully and starts releasing carbon monoxide instead.
You cannot see, hear or smell carbon monoxide.

 

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