When you have bought a motorhome, it’s a lifestyle investment that will reward you for many years....but only if you maintain it in the right way. Or, if you’ve opted for a campervan hire
holiday, you also need to pay attention to some important aspects to maintain your safety and comfort on the road.
Staying a step ahead of any issues that may arise is the best way to continue your motorhome adventures, secure in the knowledge that your home on wheels has been well cared for.
Plan your annual motorhome care routine
There are two broad types of motorhome servicing. Each serves a specific purpose and both service types are essential
A vehicle service focuses on the chassis, engine and other mechanical parts of the campervan. Generally, you should have this undertaken every two years, or 30,000 miles, whichever is soonest
Habitation servicing is just as important. This checks all of the essential living elements of a motorhome, including your gas, electricity and water system, as well as your appliances. A habitation service should be carried out every year. It is often a requirement of manufacturer warranties, including water ingress guarantees
Obviously, if you have chosen one of our motorhome rentals
at Thompson Leisure, this will not apply to you, as we take care of everything.
If you’re up to date with your servicing then the bulk of maintaining your motorhome is already complete. However, there are certain aspects you should keep an eye on all year round
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Motorhome maintenance - the interior
Vacuum upholstery and carpets on a regular basis to keep them at their best. Wipe down kitchens and bathrooms with a regular cleaning solution often.
You will also need to implement a regular method of maintaining the motorhome’s plumbing fixtures and fittings. Flush the wastewater system regularly to prevent any clogging or valves seizing up.
During times that your motorhome is not in use, it is worth airing it off regularly by opening the windows and vents. This will keep temperatures and humidity down to prevent damage.
Motorhome maintenance - the exterior
One of the most important aspects to remember when owning or hiring a motorhome is to keep the battery topped up with charge. This helps to prolong its life. There is nothing worse than reaching your destination to find a battery that’s already on its last legs.
The roof of a motorhome is particularly susceptible to sun and environmental damage. The cost of a roof repair can be substantial. You may wish to consider storing your campervan out of the worst of the elements in a garage or carport. Alternatively, a portable cover is a good idea.
Clean the roof and skylights on a regular basis to keep them free of debris and mould. This will also help prevent the dark dirty streaks that tend to run down the sides of a motorhome.
Moisture leaking can be a big problem for any motorhome, so keep a regular eye on window, door and roof seals for signs of wear and tear. Make sure they maintain a snug fit and look for cracks and loose bits. You can have these elements replaced at regular intervals for peace of mind. Likewise, any slide-out elements should be checked and lubricated regularly.
Also, don’t forget the awning if you have one. Awnings can quickly suffer from mould and mildew build-ups. Check for any tears and repair them straight away to stop them from becoming any bigger.
How Thompson Leisure can help
At Thompson Leisure, our extensive after-sales services
will take care of your motorhome, whether you’ve just departed the forecourt or if your campervan is already a few years old.
We provide all types of servicing, maintenance and repairs and have an extensive department dedicated to internal
parts and accessories, as well as a comprehensive range of motorhome security systems
to ensure your motorhome provides you with years of safe and happy touring. Contact our experts today.