So, as the day of our release, and our ability to acceptably and safely get back to camping, albeit only in the UK initially, draws near we need to make sure our motorhome is ready for action. The following points are worth considering and checking to make sure that first trip out is a stress-free and successful one:
Tyres can deteriorate even when stood still so check the treads (they need to be a minimum of 1.6mm deep), look for any cracks or signs of damage or excess wear. Also check the air pressure in all 4 tyres is correct.
2. Under the bonnet
Pop the bonnet and check the levels of your engine oil and windscreen washer water. Top up where necessary. Bearing in mind the amount of dust and flying insects around in the past few months of heat I’d make sure your windscreen water is full.
3. Water Supply
Your water tank was probably kept drained during winter to avoid damage from freezing temperatures so refill if it and clean with an approved cleaning fluid before refilling. Consider refilling only to the level you’ll need on your first trip rather than full to save on weight and fuel use. Or drive empty and be super-efficient and fill up when you hit the campsite (although enough in the tank to make a cuppa on the way is always handy…).
Check to see if your water filter needs cleaning and replace if necessary, and check the hot water supply in your taps and shower work.
Hook your wagon up at home and turn everything on. Make sure all your lights, electrics, fridge and plug sockets work.
Ensure your gas supply is sufficient for your next trip, it is connected correctly and turn the cooker on to ensure all the parts are working as they should be. Your gas safety checks should include testing the fitted Carbon Monoxide alarm.