June 03, 2015 at 12:25 PM
We all enjoy driving around in our motorhome on holiday but when we come back it usually stays parked until the next time. But did you know that this can lead to major issues.
Take a ladder and do a roof inspection, as time goes by the seals on the roof degrade which could lead to a leaking roof which could then break due to the road vibrations. Sometimes just a bit of sealant or a liquid rubber can solve all your problems.
Maintenance of the Solar Panels
In case you have equipped your motorhome’s roof with solar panels, you should carry out annual maintenance, this should include the cleaning of the solar panels as well as a check of the wiring and of the safety systems. Don’t forget to check the screws prior driving your motorhome.
Maintaining water systems
An essential maintenance step, especially if you keep your motorhome outdoors, is the maintenance of your water systems. Firstly, every time you come back don’t forget to drain all your tanks and pipes, as in the winter if the temperatures go sub-zero you may break all your water systems, also keeping water in your tank and pipes may lead to the development of bacteria and fungi.
Maintaining the slide-out mechanisms
If your motorhome is equipped with slide-out mechanisms we recommend that you pay special attention to the lubrication at least once a year, using a dry lubricant.
Maintaining your fuel system
Most people forget about fuel degradation. If you don’t drive your motorhome regularly you should drain the fuel tank as well or at least put some fuel system stabiliser in with your petrol so it doesn’t damage your engine.
Mould and aeration
Check for mould in your vehicle as it can be a real issue once you have to live in your motorhome. Mould can be a symptom of a waterproofing issue and can hide a bigger problem for your motorhome here is some advice to avoid it.
Driving regularly to avoid the flat spotting of your tyres
If you want to avoid your tyres having flat spots you should drive for an hour every two-three months, as if you store your motorhome for too long your tyres will definitely be flat spotted. Also a flat spotted tyre may lead to it bursting and when you are driving at 70mph it can become really dangerous.
Prior to every departure you should check the levels of your vehicle (don’t do this when the engine is hot though). Here is a list of the essential ones:
- Transmission fluid
- Screen wash
- Power steering
- Hydraulic fluid (if your motorhome is equipped with slide-outs)
It may seem obvious but you should always prepare your cassette by rinsing it and filling it with the appropriate chemical.
Organise your MOT and servicing
Just because you don’t use your motorhome much you shouldn’t avoid having it serviced. On the contrary, lack of use can create major problems for your vehicle, from a simple flat battery, to severe rusting. Also don’t forget that an MOT is compulsory for any vehicle older than 3 years. If your motorhome is heavier than 3.5 tonnes you should get an HGV MOT.
We hope you will find this information helpful and wish you a safe trip.