Caravan Service Tips
Your RV is more than just a vehicle. It’s a home away from home; an investment in the wanderer lifestyle. And, like any investment, you want to look after it. Regular services are essential to maintaining the safety and longevity of your caravan or camper trailer. It’s important to find a service and repairs centre you trust to provide quality work and sound advice at a reasonable price. Caravan Repairs and Service has years of industry experience with origins in caravan and camper trailer manufacturing. We are a professional team with expert knowledge. We guarantee our work and our customer service is second to none.
How often should I have my RV serviced?
Caravan Repairs and Service recommend two types of service – the first service and the annual service. The first service is carried out in the first 12 months or when the caravan or trailer reaches 1000-2000 kilometres. This may be a basic service, but it is an important one. Once that milestone is reached it’s essential to schedule annual services for your RV. As the name suggest, the annual service should be carried out yearly, or every 10,000 kilometres, whichever comes first. These services are thorough and help prevent more significant damage or delays while you’re on holiday. Don’t be tempted to skip the annual service if you haven’t taken your RV out for a while, even an idle van needs attention.
There are steps you can take between major services to maintain your pride and joy, ensure good performance and a positive experience. By identifying potential issues early you can also avoid bigger repair bills down the road. Many can be picked up through simple checks that can be done visually, such as inspecting cables, hoses, clips, plugs and sockets for signs of wear or looseness. Make a point of running through the checklist below on a regular basis, even if your caravan or camper trailer has simply been sitting in the garage.
- Tyres – check the pressure and look for signs of damage, especially cracks and uneven wear; don’t forget to check the spare!
- Wheels – tighten the wheel nuts before, during and after any trip
- Lights – test running lights are working and the battery is holding its charge
- Vents – make sure none of the vents are blocked or obscured and if you smell any musky dampness or gas, call on the experts as soon as possible
- Seals – the door, windows and roof all have seals to prevent moisture and dirt entering; as they age they can crack and may need replacing
- Awning – inspect the function regularly, making sure the extending and contracting motion is smooth; keep the fabric clean and check it for signs of damage; to ensure the longevity of your awning take care when rolling it in, hold and move the awning strap along the roller so it doesn’t roll up in one spot
Leave it to the experts
Caravan Repairs and Service can also handle the repair, service and installation of refrigerators, air conditioning or heating units. If you already have an RV with a storage hot water system you may have a sacrificial anode fitted inside the hot water tank. The anode will deteriorate long before your system’s tank. It attracts minerals and impurities in the water and protects the steel tank. We recommend you have your anode checked and if necessary, replaced every 12 months. If this isn’t carried out regularly, it can cause damage to the storage tank, taps, pumps and various valves in the water reticulations system.
If you’re looking for a centre that can provide quality RV servicing and repairs visit us today at Unit 1, 3281 Logan Road, Underwood, Queensland or phone us on 07 3841 7383.