Hi, my name is Angela, and as the wife of a mechanic, I was constantly tripping over car parts and complaining about the rows of project cars lining our garden. However, after a few years, I quit complaining and actually found joy in the art of auto repair. Inspired by that classic book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", I decided to start working on cars with my husband. This blog is the culmination of everything I have learned and more. I hope you enjoy reading it and that my tips and ideas guide you toward a healthier car and a happier, safer driving experience.
It's been a long winter and you and your family may be suffering from an advanced case of cabin fever. However, it's not all bad as even though you've been going about your business as you normally do, you've also been secretly dreaming about your annual caravanning trip together. This is a big adventure that you only do once per year, but it can transform your spirit and rejuvenate your senses. The good news is that this trip is not far away, but first you need to pay attention to your caravan. The following tips should help you prepare for your next trip.
Check for Safety
If you're like most people, you store your trusty caravan alongside the house when it is not in use. You may think that it should be in good condition because it has not been on the road as such, but you will have to do a comprehensive check nonetheless.
Begin by focusing on safety, to make sure that the vehicle is quite safe for human habitation again. You will need to ensure that the gas system is properly ventilated and that it hasn't been blocked by a bird's nest or similar. You will also need to clean up the water system very carefully to get rid of any potential contamination.
Make sure that the electrical system is all functioning as it should and that there aren't any exposed wires or damaged insulation in place. Double check that your fire extinguishers and other devices meant for your protection are in good condition.
Now that you're sure that your caravan is going to look after your family, is it okay to be on the road itself? It's a good idea to have a look underneath for evidence of corrosion and if this has advanced significantly since last season, you may need to take action before hooking things up. You will also need to check that the brake system is fully intact and have a look at the condition of the pads while you're doing so.
Moving inside, you may have to put the battery on a deep charge to bring it back up to operational condition and will need to check that all your electrical circuits are doing their job correctly.
You will also need to check the plumbing, and this includes the kitchen, shower and toilet. Don't forget that these rely on pumps and pressure switches and these need to be receiving power before you leave
Get a Professional Inspection
Taking all of this into account, it may be better for you to book the vehicle in to a caravan service to ensure your caravan is safe and ready to travel with.Share