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posted Oct 12, 2009, 4:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 21, 2013, 10:26 AM by site admin ]
Early each year
  • Arrange MOT, annual habitation and base vehicle service
  • Schedule road tax and insurance for renewal
  • Check tyres for condition (and age if not already known)

Pre-Trip
  • Usual checks underbonnet and tyres (pressure and condition) remembering the spare if you have one. Take a general look at the underbody
  • Confirm your choice of emergency equipment is present and correct. Don’t forget your mobile phone charger, spare keys and relevant documentation
  • Flush/refill fresh water system. Flush grey water system and toilet flush tank. Consider suitable cleansing/sanitising for each. Flush/sterilise fresh water accessories
  • Prime cassette toilet and flush tank, lube seals using suitable product. Check toilet chemical bottle levels
  • Turn on gas and confirm appliances functional. Check gas bottle contents
  • Consider hook-up to charge batteries
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguisher and fire blanket.
  • Clean and lube awning as necessary.
  • Wash the ‘van!

Autumn: preventive measures
  • Ensure water installations are suitably frost-protected, or drain thoroughly
  • Ensure toilet cassette and grey tank are clean
  • Fit any supplied covers to fridge vents and boiler flue
  • Ensure gas bottle valves are firmly shut if bottles not removed
  • Check everything electrical in the ‘van is definitely off
  • Consider occasional “exercise” runs and battery charging
  • Keep vehicle fuel tank topped up and lockers/cupboards open
  • Keep (non recoil) window blinds closed for storage to protect the interior from fading and to shield it from prying eyes.
  • Remove batteries from smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fit new ones before that first trip
  • Wash and wax before the onset of winter
  • Inspect regularly to ensure early detection of any developing issues
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