Book a Caravan, Motorhome, Horse Lorry or Trailer For a Service at Costock Caravan Services near Loughborough.

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The Annual Service Includes...

CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR - Coupling head, Ball acting stabilizer, Coupling head gaiter, Breakaway cable and clip, Draw-bar, Corner steadies, Spare wheel carrier, Jockey wheel, Chassis, Braking system, Wheels and tyres (recommend replacement if over seven years old), Suspension and axle, Handbrake mechanism.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM -  13/7 pin plugs and cables, Road lights and reflectors, Leisure battery, Battery compartment, 230v and 12v fridge operation, Interior lighting and equipment, Awning light, Wiring on all ELV circuits, LV inlet plug and extension lead, Earth bonding visual inspection, 230v consumer unit load test, 230v sockets, Charger voltage, Operation of all230v appliances, After market items,

GAS SYSTEM - Regulator, Gas hose, Pipework and Manifold, Carry out gas soundness test, Operation of all gas appliances fitted including flame failure devises, Security of gas cylinders, Ensure all gas dispersal vents are clear.

WATER SYSTEM - Water pump and pressure switch / micro-switches, Taps, Valves, Pipes, and Tank, Water inlets, Waste system, Chemical toilet.

BODYWORK -  Doors and Windows, Roof condition, Grab handles, Number plate, Floor structure, Furniture, Blinds and Fly screens, Rising roof, Damp test report.

VENTILATION - Fixed ventilation (high and low), Roof lights.

FIRE AND SAFETY - Smoke alarm, Carbon monoxide alarm, Fire extinguisher, Fire blanket.

Helpful Advice On Winter Preparation...

Always carefully prepare your caravan or motorhome before the winter. First and foremost in winter months it is necessary to prevent the water supply system freezing in sub-zero temperatures. Water expands when it freezes and can do serious and expensive damage. So before storing your unit or leaving it unheated between trips, ensure it is fully and correctly drained down.

When leaving your unit for long periods leave the handbrake off to prevent the drums rusting and seizing to the linings. Consider removing the leisure battery and storing it at home, with regular recharging with a proper leisure battery charger (unless you have an alarm fitted). If left in the unit ensure the battery is isolated from all 12V equipment by means of the unit's isolation switch or disconnect it. Remember, even when not used a battery will discharge over time and once left in a discharged state its storage capacity can never be fully restored. A battery should not be left much more than six weeks before charging, less if the battery needs to remain connected to operate a security system.

It is wise to visit your caravan every so often in storage to check things over. Open all the windows to let the air circulate as well as check for mould growth, which will only get worse if left. Make sure for example that you have emptied out the fridge, let it achieve ambient temperature and dry it thoroughly before leaving it with the door slightly ajar.

If you have room at home, take the cushions with you to avoid them becoming damp and cold, and if you want to leave the bedding in the van over winter then consider packing it in vacuum bags that take up less space.

 

Pre-Season Checks To Remember...

Open all windows to air the van. Switch on the gas supply and make sure there is no smell of gas.

  • Turn on main 12V switch and check the battery voltage on the meter. A fully-charged battery will read 12.7V and if showing less than 12V it is best to charge it with a battery charger. For a caravan leisure battery, do not rely too much on the charging from the car when towing
  • Close drain-down valves and taps and refill and sterilise the water system according to the instructions in handbook. Replace the water filter after sterilising the system
  • Check for water leaks
  • Make sure all 12V internal systems are working
  • Connect to the car via the 12N or 13-pin plug and ensure all road lights are operating correctly
  • Check road light lenses for water ingress, which can short out the lamp
  • Test the smoke and CO alarms
  • Check handbrake operation by applying and releasing
  • Check and adjust the tyres to the correct pressure and check for cracks or other deterioration
  • Use a torque wrench to check wheel nuts are tightened to the manufacturer's recommended settings
  • Remove fridge vent covers if the temperature is above 10C
  • Check all vents for leaves and debris
  • Close windows.