Caravanning has always been a very popular holiday option amongst us Brits; and it continues to be so. Whether you’re taking your touring caravan abroad this summer, or you’re planning to see a bit more of the UK, or maybe just heading down to your favourite park, there are always essential maintenance issues to take care of.

If you’re a beginner, it’s vital that you get into the maintenance habit from the off. Then it’ll just become second nature before you head off on your next holiday.

Insurance

Caravan and motorhome insurance is available from Safeguard, and other specialist insurers, so you’ve got no excuse not to get yourself covered. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an annual policy, just for when the season starts, but it’s essential you have it in place. Cover can differ depending on the use of your caravan, and where you plan to go so make sure you call Safeguard to get a competitive caravan insurance quote – it’s the first step in caravan maintenance.

Get it serviced

Before you head out on holiday, it’s vital that you get your caravan serviced. Taking it to the professionals will ensure it is in tip top condition before you hit the road. There are, however, things you’ll need to do at home between services.

Check your tyres

If your caravan has been idle during the autumn and winter months, make sure you check the condition of the tyres before you take it out as they can easily become damaged. Check for any signs of perishing, cracks in the side walls or suspicious bulges. If you see any sign of damage you should change your tyres immediately. This applies even if the tread isn’t fully worn down yet.

Check the electrics and appliances

Simply connect everything up and make sure all the lights – including brakes and indicators – are working properly. If they’re not, replace any broken bulbs.

Also, couple up a gas cylinder to allow you to check that all the appliances are working.

Check the handbrake

It’s important to check that this hasn’t seized up. If it feels like it has, or could do then you should apply a lubricant to the mechanism.

Change the battery

If it’s been standing idle for a while, make sure you change the battery before use.

Clean and check for damage

Obviously, if it’s not been used for a while you’ll need to give it a thorough clean inside and out. While you’re doing this, check for any potential damage. If there is any damage at all, you should ensure that you get it seen by a specialist before risking it on the road.

Summer is nearly here; it’s time to get moving.