The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer, which can only mean one thing: summer is here!
So, you’ve renewed your motorhome insurance and you’ve planned your next sojourn – but is your motorhome ready for the adventures you’ve got in mind? Here are a few helpful tips towards bringing your used motorhome out of hibernation so it’s ready for the new season.
Book in a Service
First things first, does your new or used motorhome run safely? It’s a good idea to make sure you’ve got your service booked in as dealerships and garages can be very busy due to everyone having the same idea as you!
After a break in use (which is more than likely as you’ve been holding out for the sunshine!) there may be all sorts of issues that will remain hidden until you get on the road, which is not the ideal time to realise you have electrical problems or faulty water systems for example.
Make sure you plan so you can get on the road as soon as possible once you’ve given your motorhome a good old clean.
Give Your Motorhome a Spruce Up
The winter season seems to last forever, then spring comes with weather that leaves a lot to be desired, but now the summer is here and no matter how well you contain your motorhome over the colder months, there will still likely be a build-up of grime and dirt that needs a thorough clean.
This type of build-up can end up causing damage to your motorhome, making it harder to bring back to prime condition if not taken care of as soon as possible. Good maintenance, both inside and out, can help to lengthen your motorhome’s life, giving you the chance to go on many more adventures before you need to upgrade.
Check for Leaks and Damp
Checking for evidence of damp is one of the most important parts of setting up your motorhome for the summer months. If you smell damp, get a humidifier in there as soon as you can. This, alongside a few hours with the windows and doors open, will help disperse the moisture, leaving your motorhome fresh. This is also the best time to check for any potential leaks in windows, doors, skylights, or internal/external panels.
One of the main reasons this is so important is that mildew and mould damage will not be taken care of by your insurance. It is often a primary exclusion, as well as general wear and tear and vermin infestations – all of which can be avoided with a bit of TLC before you get on the road this summer.
Check Your Windscreen
As we all know, even the smallest chip in a windscreen get end up becoming a crack, making your motorhome unsafe to drive. If it gets to the point that it needs to be replaced, it could end up costing a pretty penny.
It’s a good idea to compare motorhome insurance quotes for policies that include windscreen replacement, which will cover the cost of getting a new windscreen fitted. This will mean you don’t have to reach into your pocket and give you peace of mind that your motorhome is safe throughout your journey.
You should also check mirrors and other windows at this time, ensuring the quality and visibility of all glass.
Give Your Tyres the Once Over
The last thing you want on your first summer trip of the year is a burst or flat tyre. It is integral to your safety that you ensure your tyres are at the correct pressure level before you leave your home.
Also, check the condition of the tyres. Make sure the treads are not worn, that there are no cracks or damage to the tyre itself and that there is no bulging – all of which can signify it’s time to get new tyres installed.
Make Sure Your Motorhome is Secure
Another thing that could potentially negate an insurance payment is unforced entry. If your motorhome is not properly locked, anyone could break in – whether you are at home or away.
It is also recommended that you check the efficacy of any tracking equipment you have in place. You should let your tracking company know as soon as you are away from your home or at your final holiday destination, so they can check that they are accurately tracking your location. Check to see if there are any issues before you get too far!
Get Your Paperwork in Place
It’s a good idea to renew your motorhome insurance as soon as possible before you go away so that you can relax and enjoy your trip. Not just that, but tax documents, your license, and your MOT certificate should all have a safe spot within your motorhome that is easily reached in the event of an emergency or a claimable event.
It is also wise to ensure your passport is valid if you are planning to venture overseas this summer.
Just a few easy steps can give you a fresh motorhome that is ready for anything you throw at it this summer.