Over the past few months, we’ve kept you fully up to date on servicing your vehicles. However, we haven’t yet covered caravans, and with caravan finance becoming one of our more popular requests, we’re now giving you the lowdown on what to do once you have your own.
Typically, a caravan service should be conducted annually. There are two different types of service to be aware of – not only will the mechanical aspects of your caravan be inspected, but also its habitable state. A habitation check is not a legal requirement, but is highly recommended as an annual check, or as soon as you take ownership of a second-hand model.
We will look at both below, so if you own a caravan or are considering buying one, our guide will provide you with all you need to know.
The standard mechanical service is very like a standard car or motorbike service. It focuses on how to keep your caravan safe on the road.
This essentially covers all aspects of the mechanical service for your caravan. The engineer will ensure that the chassis is in prime condition, alongside all other elements that must be roadworthy. Key checks will include:
The caravan habitation check ensures your caravan is safe for you and anyone else using it as living quarters whilst away. Gas, water, and the general condition of the caravan will be inspected.
Whilst a habitation check isn’t legal, we highly recommend conducting this service. In fact, some mechanics offer a combination of mechanical and habitation service in one go.
To make sure your caravan is fit for habitation, key checks will include:
If you find an organisation that can carry out both types of service, it will take around 4 hours in total. It can be a little longer if you own a twin-axle caravan.
For both the mechanical and habitation service carried out at the same time, you can expect a cost of around £200-£300. It is worth remembering that if any repairs are required, they are not covered by the inspection, and you will have additional costs to pay.
Many mechanics can carry out the service, but you should find one that is part of the approved workshop scheme. This has been in operation for over 40 years and is formed through the National Caravan Council, The Caravan and Motorhome Club, and the Camping and Caravanning Club. This way, you know for sure that you are having your caravan serviced by a fully accredited engineer.
Whoever you find to service your caravan, it is vital to check whether gas and damp checks are included.
At Euphoria Finance we can help you begin your caravan dream. Operating as a direct lender, we accept all applications, including those looking for caravan or car finance for people with bad credit. No matter your credit status, finance with us can be easy. Simply get a free quote today and let us do the rest. With access to over 50,000 vehicles, we can help you find the caravan of your dreams.