20-Minute Maintenance Check
Don't Go Anywhere Until You've Completed These Simple Caravan Maintenance Checks
When it comes time to head away on holiday, the last thing you want is to be delayed by a broken component or fitting on your caravan. With so many parts to account for, it could be something minor that brings a premature end to your trip or stops it from starting in the first place. But what’s that old saying, “prevention is better than a cure”?
It applies just as much to caravans as it does to people and often requires far less effort – in fact, with just 20 minutes a month, you can keep your caravan in tip-top shape, catch any problems before they get out of control, and enjoy a holiday free from unexpected surprises.
Start From The Front
When conducting a maintenance check, the aim is not to be as fast as possible but as thorough as possible. We recommend starting at the front of the caravan and working your way backwards to ensure you don’t miss anything.
Check The Couplings
There are three main couplings to check on your caravan, each with slightly different requirements.
Override Couplings: Ensure they are effectively lubricated and that the head and shaft rotate freely. The adjusting screw and nut should not be frozen in the head and should be adjusted to stop the tow ball from rattling, while the backing stop should move freely.
Hydraulic Couplings: All parts should move freely, and the master cylinder cap should be in good condition to prevent moisture from entering the fluid reservoir.
Fixed Couplings: Check the operation of the spindle and screw nut to ensure that they are not seized or rusted.
Underneath Your Caravan: Water Tanks & Fittings
Out of sight definitely shouldn’t mean out of mind, and while it might be a bit of a pain, it is well worth getting underneath your caravan (safely, of course) from time to time to check for damage.
The main place you are likely to find damage is your freshwater tank. Although all Regent caravans are fitted with a tough stone guard to protect the water tank, large rocks or bumps in the road could dent it and cause it to rub on the tank, eventually creating a hole.
In addition to the tank itself, inspect all pipes/hoses for kinks, wear or signs of mildew – it is also worth flushing these thoroughly every few months with a gentle detergent to keep them clean. Finally, check that the hose clamps are tightened and that the tank straps are not cracking or rusting.
The Final Pieces: Doors, Windows & Gas Fittings
Once you’ve made sure the underside of your caravan is free from damage, it’s time to conduct a final check of all of the exterior features.
Doors & Windows: Starting with the doors, check that all seals are fitted correctly and haven’t perished before moving onto the windows, checking both the seals and the panes themselves. Pay close attention to the corner moulds, as this is a common point of ingress for water, especially after a big storm.
Gas Fittings. Conduct a visual inspection of all of your gas hoses and fittings, both internal and external, and replace them if you see signs of fraying or splitting. Next, spray your fittings with detergent and turn the gas bottles on – if you can see bubbles in the detergent, your fittings have a leak and will need to be replaced.