Our caravans and RVs are an investment in a chosen lifestyle. Unfortunately, we can get ourselves into different predicaments that may involve damage to our precious home away from home. Some of the most common causes of caravan damage include accidental damage and weather events. Recent data from one of the largest insurers of caravans in Australia, CIL Insurance, revealed that of 14,000 caravan claims reported 29 per cent related to storm, hail or flood, 24 per cent were the result of a collision with a stationary object and 10 per cent of claims were for accidental damage.
If you do run into trouble on the road or at home, alert your insurer and then phone CaravanMart Townsville.. Our team understands the desire to get back on the road while keeping you informed of your repairs...
How to protect your caravan
Accidents are often unavoidable, but there’s a lot you can do to protect your caravan and yourself from damage, especially when you’re off-road. For caravaners, the term “off-road” often means a road/track that doesn’t have a seal or concrete surface but doesn’t usually require driving in low range. You need to keep in mind there are very few caravans that are built to handle the increase in dust and road debris thrown up by your tow vehicle. Some additional underbody protection may be useful to prevent this damage to water tanks, plumbing and gas lines and electrical wiring which are normally not protected for “on-road” caravans. The surface condition of a road with potholes, ruts, rocks, corrugations and wash-aways can also cause caravan damage so care needs to be taken.
Reduced tyre pressures on your tow vehicle and caravan may help increase available traction, softens the ride and may also reduce the likelihood of punctures. Keep in mind that speed also should be reduced. This may help reduce vibration inside your caravan as well. Just don’t forget to reinflate your tyres once you are back on a sealed road.
Protection devices to stop abrasion from gravel and rocks can also be installed to try to prevent further caravan damage to paintwork. The choices include stone guards to protect the front of the caravan but watch out as stones can then reflect to the tow vehicle causing damage to rear windows. Often simple cardboard held on with tape can assist. Call the team at CaravanMart Townsville to discuss what you may need.
Guarding against water
Water Ingress is a major problem causing a lot of caravan damage. There are numerous causes of leaks and include, seals not being maintained therefore causing a hatch, window or roof to leak; poorly fitted aftermarket accessories; or faulty plumbing i.e. leaking pipe in shower. Sometimes it is a very slow leak that is undetected so by the time you become aware of it, substantial damage has already occurred and the repairs can be costly. Sometime this isn’t covered by insurance if your insurer decides it was caused by a lack of maintenance.
Seals need to be checked and replaced regularly. Our team can advise you on how to maintain your seals and avoid water damage. When caravan damage occurs, the first thing to do is try to prevent any more significant damage occurring. A good example of this is hail or storm damage. A broken vent, AC or window may cause water ingress that can lead to further damage if not attended to straight away. A temporary fix is better than doing nothing, and it will help protect your caravan while you arrange the proper repairs with CaravanMart Townsville.
Adequate insurance also helps lessen the blow of caravan damage. You can purchase cover to protect you against loss, theft, accidental damage and natural disasters.
CaravanMart Townsville has carried out repairs for all the major insurance companies including CIL, Suncorp, AAMI, APIA, NRMA, RACQ, QBE, YOUI, CGU, Elders, GIO, Allianz, National Seniors, WFI, Ken Tame...
CaravanMart Townsville recognise different needs for different people. We will listen to understand your specific needs and interests and explain options enabling you to make an informed decision resulting in a solution completely suited to your needs.
We are constantly working with our clients to achieve high quality solutions first time, every time. We will ensure our high standards are always delivered. By using the right equipment and materials and constantly up-skilling our professional team we ensure their performance remains at the leading edge of the industry.
We genuinely want satisfied customers, so our team will keep you informed at various stages of your repair and service to ensure everything is to your satisfaction.
Suspension & Chassis
As CaravanMart Townsville has evolved from the off road caravan and camper trailer manufacturing world, our team offer the experience you need for any suspension or chassis upgrade or repair. If you need any modifications or repairs carried out on your existing suspension or chassis we are the team to talk too.
Whether it is a single or tandem axle, independent, coil, leaf or air suspension, our experienced team can offer you affordable solutions you need.
12Volt & Solar Solutions
Whether you intend a short getaway or heading to the centre of the Simpson Desert, it is essential to have an efficient power supply. You may wish to run refrigeration, audio, lights, pumps, phone and laptop chargers, a television or a 12 volt fan. These items determine the size of the system that is right for you. Solar panels are available in different sizes – the larger the panel size or area, the greater the electrical output.
Our experienced team at CaravanMart Townsville can help you make decisions which will result in more stress free and comfortable adventures. If it is repairs or an upgrade you need, our team is here to get it done and get you back on the road again.
Airconditioning & Refrigeration
How did you cope with the weather on your last journey – too hot or too cold? Was your refrigeration, air conditioning and heating effective?
You may wish to install a new roof top, split system or reverse cycle air conditioner, more effective heating or more simply a couple of 12 volt fans. We will repair, service and install refrigerators, air conditioning units or heating to meet your needs.
Custom Modifications & Fabrications
Need something changed or is there something not quite working the way you envisaged? Is your van a little old and tired and need refreshing? Maybe you need a larger fridge, or need to upgrade your kitchen, shower or toilet facilities, need more storage solutions or modify the sleeping arrangements.
Read through this vast range of services that CaravanMart Townsville offer then give us a call. You can be assured all work will be carried out in our workshop by our qualified tradesmen – you can rely on us not only for advice but we will deliver quality work – first time, every time.
Awnings, Canvas & Upholstery
Most caravans and RVs have awnings, annexes, vinyl and upholstery of some sort. We need these for shade, privacy and comfort. Do you have enough shade and privacy?
Whether you have conventional roll-out awnings, electric awnings or the wind out models – does the mechanism work properly, is the canvas moldy, smelly, old and need replacing? Often it is far cheaper to fit a new one.
How desperate did you feel when you discovered a rip in the gauze or canvas or when the red wine spilled and stained your gorgeous cushions? These things, unfortunately, do happen but it’s not the end of the world, our team at CaravanMart Townsville can help you find an affordable way to either mend or replace these items.
Water & Plumbing
Our team at CaravanMart Townsville can supply, fit and repair all your water and plumbing needs: