avatar Jonathan March 14, 2022

What are the top campervan maintenance tips for spring?

Spring into campervan mode! Checklist to get your campervan ready for holiday season.

Hooray – the days are getting longer and the daffodils are popping up, so if you haven’t been away in your campervan over winter, it’s now time to plan an Easter getaway or spring road trip.

What are the top campervan maintenance tips for spring?

Before you go anywhere, it’s important to check your campervan and get it ready (and safe), so we thought we’d give you a few pointers to help make everything go as smoothly as possible.

Let’s start from the ground up…

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Tyres

The tyres on any vehicle should always be checked regularly for damage or wear, but it’s especially wise for leisure vehicles. They get driven on campsites and country roads, and carry a heavier load than to regular cars, so tend to suffer an above-average amount of abuse.

If your campervan has been stationary for extended periods without a wheel moving, or doesn’t do many miles each year, don’t just look at the amount of tread: look at the walls of the tyres as well (on both sides).

Very often, the tread is fine, but the tyre walls can deteriorate or bulge from sitting in the same spot and being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Eventually they crack and fail after a few years (and long before the tread wears). If you need proof, the results of police spot-checks on leisure vehicles on the M5 in the summer are quite shocking.

Having a blow-out is bad news, dangerous and extremely inconvenient. If you’ve had winter tyres on over the colder months, remember to switch back to your normal set and, of course, check that all tyre pressures are correct.

Engine, systems, lights and battery

Make sure your engine is fighting-fit

You’ll want to have an annual engine service anyway, especially if your camper is still under warranty, but don’t leave it until the last minute to book it. Does it need an MOT?

Check all road lights and interior lights are still working correctly

Getting the gas, electrics, heating and water system checked annually is important for your safety and comfort, but also usually required under the terms of your warranty as well.

If there’s ever a dispute during an insurance claim, or when you’re thinking of selling on your campervan, you’ll need the paperwork to prove you’ve had everything serviced.

Rubber hoses will perish over time, so need replacing. And do you need to refill your gas bottle?

Check your leisure battery

If you haven’t used your campervan for a few months, and haven’t kept it trickle-charged, check the level of charge remaining.

It may have gone completely flat (which doesn’t do them any good). You can remove the battery to charge at home, if you have a suitable charger.

If you have an electric bike, then take this opportunity to check its battery as well.

Clean and sterilise water systems and containers

This is a good idea even if you’ve used them regularly over the winter. Make sure the water system is drained and flush the system through using a water purifier like Milton tablets or Puriclean.

Don’t forget to clean the waste water tank/container as well. If you travel with a portable toilet, then remember to service that as well.

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Exterior and habitation area

Give it a spring clean

It might sound obvious, but also clean the campervan inside and out – thoroughly. It’s your pride and joy, so you probably clean it regularly anyway, but hand-washing a vehicle during winter is not always pleasant, so dirt and grime, moss from nearby trees and bird droppings might have built up.

Keeping it clean will help it look good for longer. How about giving it a good wax and polish to make it shine?

Does your upholstery need a clean or perhaps a full valet? Check that no rodents have got into the vehicle and caused any damage. Same for condensation, which may have created a damp issue.

Check the roof is in good order and pop it up to let in air.

Declutter and restock

While you’re at it, empty every cupboard and locker to give them a good thorough clean. It’s also a good opportunity to declutter the various bits and bobs you inevitably accumulate after several trips.

Make the most of the storage available and strip it back to the bare essentials. There’s no point carting extra stuff around with you if it’s not really needed, but do re-stock any items you use regularly.

If you carry food, emergency rations, a first aid kit or a fire extinguisher in your campervan, now is a good opportunity to check their condition and use-by dates.

Maybe it’s time to get some new camping gear, like lightweight melamine plates, or perhaps you fancy having some accessories fitted (solar panel, lithium battery, bike rack…). Again, don’t leave things till the last minute as workshops will be busier than usual.

Insurance and memberships

Make sure your insurance and breakdown cover is fully up to date

Once that’s done, check the status of any memberships to organisations like the National Trust or clubs such as the Camping and Caravanning Club or Caravan and Motorhome Club.

Get ready to go!

With a little bit of TLC and regular maintenance, your campervan will give you years of adventure and enjoyment.

Now all that’s left is to decide where your first spring adventure will take you!

Wherever you go, stay safe and make great memories.

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