How to get your campervan or motorhome summer ready
Summer is finally here, which means that endless adventures await. The pandemic prompted a boom in British camping and caravanning holidays, where many people discovered, or rediscovered, the joys that a staycation like this can bring. If you own a motorhome or campervan, it’s helpful to get ahead of the game so that you’re ready to take advantage of any sunny weather that comes your way. Here’s how you can get your vehicle ready for the summer.
Give it a spring clean
Your campervan will act as your accommodation as well as your transport, so take the time to do a thorough spring clean. From sorting through the cupboards to get rid of any clutter to giving the place a good wipe down, it’ll feel brand new in no time. It may be that you plan to lend your campervan to others, in which case you should make sure it has everything the guests might need, such as crockery or soft furnishings to make it comfortable to live in. There are plenty of handy spring cleaning tips online to help you get the ball rolling.
Check for leaks or damp
Internal checks are just as important as external checks with a motorhome. This is your chance to scope out any damp, for example. If it does smell a little damp, air out the vehicle by opening the windows for a few hours and using a dehumidifier. Leaks tend to trigger mould or mildew, especially during the winter months, so it’s important to spot the signs early. Once things are left unattended, you may find yourself dealing with a more substantial issue. The often-damp UK weather, unfortunately, warrants extra caution in this area!
Check your insurance is up to date
It is a legal requirement to have adequate motorhome insurance in place, even if you’re borrowing one from a friend. The good news is that if you don’t own one, you can get temporary motorhome insurance for as little as a few days, which means that both the renter and borrower won’t have to adjust their personal policies. Having insurance secured is important to protect you from risks out on the road, as well as theft, damage or vandalism – these things can happen when you’re parked up and stationary.
Carry out some external checks
Be sure to give your vehicle all the key maintenance checks before you set off. This includes checking the tyres and wheels. Legally, the tread should have a 1.6mm depth and your air pressure should be within the set range for your vehicle. This is also an opportunity to check for tears. On top of this, ensure your engine has been fully serviced and check your fluid levels, amongst other standard checks, like lights, so that everything is in working order.