The Camping and Caravan club have created a great article about causes of breakdowns. They suggest the following checks to avoid breaking down.
Tyres: check your tyres are at the correct pressures by using a good quality gauge or the nearest garage air line.
Spare wheel and toolkit: always check that you are equipped with a spare wheel or repair kit and the necessary tools before travelling.
Engine Oil: you should regularly check the dipstick to make sure the oil levels in your motorhome are correct, especially before a long journey.
Water: while the engine is cold you should check the coolant level and the antifreeze concentration if possible
Wipers: wiper blades start to smear the windscreen if they have become worn which can become dangerous and hinder vision
Screen wash: always top up your screen wash before a long journey.
Windscreen: check your windscreen for stone chips or other damage as this can impair vision and distract attention from the road.
Lights: you should check your headlights, indicators, brake lights and fog lights regularly and especially ahead of long journeys.
Battery: check your battery has enough charge for your journey, especially if your motorhome has been off the road for a while, in which case you may want to charge it briefly beforehand.
Storage: before you leave, make sure unsecured items in your motorhome are locked away and ensure that everything is in the correct travelling position, including steps, doors and windows, TV antennas or satellite dishes.
Paperwork: remember to check that your MOT and insurance are in date and remember to take your driving license with you on your holiday.
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Caravan Times' Dan Cartwright has written a great feature looking at the change in motorhome and caravan characteristics and analyses the similarities. This includes the added functionality now in modern caravans. Could there be a next level vehicle to suit the motorhome lovers and caravan lovers alike?
The Mirror and Halfords have compiled a great list of tips if you are going away this Summer.
- "Extend your space" - solutions for outdoor shelters
- "Cooking and eating outside" - a briefcase BBQ!
- "Every home convenience" - Splash triple mains kit
Take a look at this story posted by Cornwall Live. A motorhome became lodged between two walls in the town of Fowey! Its a very tight squeeze - and excruitiaing sound effects on the video!
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An insightful interview by Chris Johnston of BBC News with Bart Day of Bailey Caravans describing how the British are the biggest buyers of Caravans and Motorhome in Europe.