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Caravan Service, Maintnenace and Repairs
There are two very old sayings which we all agree are quite true:
“A stitch in time saves nine” and “Accidents don’t just happen, they are caused”.
Proper care and attention at the time a problem arises can save you a lot of time and worry not to mention money. Just as your car needs regular servicing, so does you’re your caravan. The greasing of all working parts is essential, paying particular attention to bearings. Caravan Service information:
- After a puncture or blow-out, always check the wheel rim for cracks.
- Never travel with the jockey wheel attached to the caravan – even in the up position.
- If the caravan is bumped, particularly on the outside corner moulds, have the sealing checked immediately.
- Don’t fix anything to the outside of a caravan without proper sealing.
- Never travel with the hatch closed. There are many theories about this, but the hatches are lost very easily and are an expensive item to replace.
- Should a window be cracked, tape it immediately and have it replaced as soon as practical.
- Outside lights can and do hold water. Check them regularly.
- Should any water leak occur in the caravan, have it checked immediately as rot can occur inside the walls without being seen.
- Inside linings and furniture can crack with excessive heat, so ensure that the caravan is well ventilated at all times.
Caravan repairing is a specialized trade and not a hobby and should never be regarded as such. If you are caught in a remote area only temporary repairs should be carried out until you are able to get to an expert.
Your caravan is a very valuable asset so if you don’t already have it comprehensively insured we would suggest that you look into the matter without delay. Should you be unfortunate enough to have an accident involving your caravan it could be a very expensive episode.
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Care and Maintenance
- It is advisable to load the RV as equally as possible front and back and side to side. It is not advisable to carry exceptionally heavy loads such as annexes in the front locker of your RV as this may upset the design and balance of your vehicle. These items should be carried towards the centre of the vehicle. Never carry heavy items at the rear of the vehicle.
- 240 Volt Inlet leads for all caravans & camper trailers are required to be 1Samps. A l5amp power lead will have a larger pin on the earth which will not fit household points. To plug your 240 volt from your caravan to your home you may require an electrician to install a 15amp power point to facilitate the power lead for your RV.
- It is recommended that an electrical lead with a safety switch fitted into the lead be used at all times. Some caravan parks do not have safety switches fitted at the caravan park site pole. Circuit Breakers are not safety switches. Safety switches have a test button fitted. If your RV does not have a safety switch fitted on the inside of the van near the power inlet, it is strongly recommended that such a safety switch be fitted by a licensed electrical contractor.
- All comer stabilisers should be oiled or greased regularly to ensure they operate smoothly
- Handbrake adjustment should be maintained via the turnbuckle between the handbrake lever and the cable. This cable should not be over tightened as it may cause brakes to overheat and in time this could cause bearing failure.
- With your RV fu1ly loaded the hand brake ratchet lever should engage the 5th or 6th notch from the tow ball end of the coupling. If the ratchet lever engages any notch closer to the tow ball end of the coupling than 5 or 6 then the brake cable is “too tight”. If the cable tension is ‘”too tight” it may apply the RV brakes when the suspension compresses. This applies to independent suspensions and beam axles with leaf springs. This “too tight” or incorrect adjustment could cause overheating.
- After traveling for 15 minutes or so, pull over where it is safe and check to see if everything is safe and secure.
- You should slide the manual over-ride button on your brake controller a few times when you start traveling. This will dislodge any dirt and surface rust on the brake drums so that your brakes do not grab on application.
- Your tow vehicle may require more pressure in the rear tyres, check your vehicle owners manual for direction.