Pre-Holiday Checks for Your Motorhome

Posted by Tom Clark on March 26th, 2020

There are so many things to think about when you are off on a motorhome holiday. Especially if you are travelling with children. One of the benefits of travelling in a motorhome is you can take many of your home comforts with you and you don\'t need to worry about packing everything up in suitcases. But packing a motorhome can be stressful. How do you manage to take all the essentials and not forget anything? What do you need to do to ensure your vehicle is fit for the journey?

Here are some handy hints for your next touring holiday.

Check your Insurance

The worst thing that could happen is you set off on your holiday, something bad happens and you realise your insurance ran out two months ago. You could lose your van and your possessions or get stranded abroad if you don\'t check that you have the right cover and that it is current at the time of travel. Make sure you are insured for the full value of the contents of your van. Thieves can target motorhomes as they think there are valuable goods inside. You need to be able to cover damage, loss, and theft of individual possessions.

Check your Breakdown Cover

You don’t want to get stranded in a foreign country with no way home due to a broken motorhome. Make sure your breakdown cover is fit for purpose. Is it international if you are going abroad? Does it cover you for a replacement vehicle or a ride home if your van should be unfixable? This is important when you are going on holiday. Otherwise, you would need to pay for extra accommodation and transport if your motorhome couldn’t carry you on the return journey home.

Check your Motorhome

Make sure that your motorhome is roadworthy by maintaining a regular service schedule. Ensure any relevant repairs are completed. When looking for motorhome repairs Scotland dealers recommend professional motorhome facilities that understand how to handle motorhomes and campers. You can also do some checks yourself. Look at the tyre pressures, for example. And check the tyre treads. Make sure that you do some pre-travel adjustments to make your motorhome safe for the road. Switch off your gas cylinder and make sure it is properly stowed and secured. Empty your water tanks. Disconnect the mains cable. And make sure that everything in your cupboards is safe and stable. Secure any items that could get loose and roll away. Check that the safety catches on the cupboards are on for travel. If anything rattles, pad it with spare items of clothing or tea towels. There is nothing more annoying than driving with the sound of bashing, clinking objects in your cupboards.

Check before you go

Do a final walk around and look for any faults. Check that the lights are working and that your mirrors are properly positioned. Look for any signs of wear on the paintwork. Next, get your maps and your satnav, pack your clothes and get ready to head off for an adventure of a lifetime.

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