Tips on Servicing & Maintenance

CARAVAN SERVICE TIPS

Your caravan or 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. CaravanMart Townsville has years of industry experience with origins in caravan ; poptop motorhome and camper trailers. We are a professional team with expert knowledge and our customer service is second to none!!

How often? 

How often should I service my caravan or RV?

CaravanMart Townsville 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 caravan or 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 caravan or RV out for a while, even an idle van needs attention!!

DIY checks...

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 specialists...

CaravanMart Townsville can also handle the repair, service and installation of refrigerators, air conditioning or heating units. If you already have a caravan or 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 caravan and RV servicing and repairs visit us today at 368 Ingham Road, Garbutt, Townsville, Queensland 4814, or phone us on (07) 4755 0755.

CARAVAN MAINTENANCE TIPS...

Your home away from home needs year-round attention. It’s an investment in your chosen lifestyle and worthwhile protecting and maintaining. Regular maintenance prevents small problems from becoming expensive and dangerous ones and most of these tips should be carried out before, during and after a trip. This will help extend its life and always be ready when the wandering mood strikes.

Check out some of our tips to get you started.

WHEELS BRAKES & JOCKEY WHEELS...

Check tyres for signs of perishing, cracks in sidewalls or unusual bulges; check rims for buckles and cracks; always check tyre pressure and tighten all wheel nuts.
Handbrake – ensure it engages and releases properly – look for rust or corrosion where the base plate fixes to the drawbar and check the condition of any cables.
Jockey Wheel – the handle and wheel should turn freely; check clamp/bolt for easy operation; and look for rust or stress fractures.

General Service – every 10,000 km or every 12 months, whichever comes first.

TOWING WEIGHT;

Try not to tow with full water tanks, unless you’re heading bush and won’t have the opportunity to fill up. If you’re stopping at caravan parks, you can always top up when needed. It not only increases wear and tear on your vehicles but costs more to run. Check safety chains and shackles for cracks and rust and ensure they’re rated correctly.

GAS POWER & WATER...

Regularly inspect the gas, electrics and water storage. Test all the appliances – fridge, cooker and heating system – to ensure there are no leaks and are working correctly. Check the electrics – make sure all lights, including all running lights are working and be sure to replace any broken bulbs. Check batteries are in good condition and fully charged. With water tanks, empty stale water and frequently flush system – nothing worse than stale water!

RUST & MOULD...

Rust is usually caused by exposure to moisture and can be expensive to restore if not caught early. Following some simple maintenance tips will help:
Keep the exterior of your caravan clean – don’t let mud or dirt accumulate
Store your caravan or RV somewhere dry when not in use
Invest in a caravan cover, remembering to take it off after rain to dry out and prevent humidity
Touch up any chipped or peeling paintwork
Surface rust should be removed from metal surfaces
Mould can grow in any damp or wet spaces without adequate airflow. If left unchecked it can lead to serious health issues as well. There are steps you can take to help prevent mould proliferating in your van.
Wiping surfaces with disinfectant to remove bacteria
-   Cleaning and airing out the van regularly, especially when in storage
-   Checking regularly for leaks and maintain all seals and corner moulds
-   Cleaning up spills immediately and remove any wet material
If you do find mould or mildew it can be removed using natural products such as diluted white vinegar.  


KNOWING YOUR LIMITS...

For more serious problems, seek help from the professionals. The experienced and dedicated team at CaravanMart Townsville can answer all your maintenance questions and work with you to find an affordable solution. You can trust them to keep you informed every step of the way and be confident they will treat your caravan like it was their own.

Contact us or phone us on (07) 4755 0755.

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