If you are an avid motorhomer then it’s likely you have already taken your motorhome out during the Easter holidays, however there are still many motorhome owners across the UK who are waiting for the weather to improve just that little bit more. Even though we are currently still experiencing some April showers, the weather is definitely getting warmer and we are starting to see more sun, so here Victor Millwell shows you how to prepare your motorhome for spring: Continue reading
It may have been an extremely long winter, but finally the weather is starting to get warmer and more people are beginning to plan their next motorhome trip. However, since the winter has been so long most people are having to give their motorhomes a bit of TLC or are planning on buying a new model, which is good for both motorhome manufacturers and mechanics alike. Here we look at the hot topics for April and how owners are getting geared up for the motorhome season: Continue reading
Most motorhome owners are extremely good at maintaining most of their motorhome, but when it comes to tyres things get a little bit lax. We get a lot of motorhome insurance claims where tyres have blown-out or worn through at speed and, often, this is because the tyre was improperly maintained in the first place. After the winter we’ve had, the UK’s roads are looking worse than they have done for a long time, and this is going to be a serious problem for motorhome tyres when the spring holidaymakers start to arrive.
Potholes are going to be one of the main problems for motorhome owners. The extra weight of motorhomes means that if they hit a pothole the impact is particularly hard on both suspension and tyres. If tyres are under-inflated this impact usually hits the suspension first, but properly inflated tyres should be able to take the impact.
Equally, loose chippings and debris from the decaying road surfaces are going to accelerate tyre wear. This is going to lead to reduced grip, particularly in the wet, and some motorhome owners may even find their tyres disintegrating below the legal 1mm tread limit. It is not only an offence to drive with tyres in poor condition, it’s incredibly dangerous and could easily lead to a collision.
Good tyre maintenance is an essential part of winter driving and motorhome owners are advised to take steps to ensure that their tyres are properly inflated to just below the maximum limit displayed on the tyre and that their tread is adequate for the conditions.
While we’re starting to see repairs being undertaken it looks like it’s going to be some time before the UK’s roads are back in good condition. For now the advice for motorhome owners has to be to stick to the main roads wherever possible and to avoid any narrow country lanes.
This time of year is always tough on motorhome owners; the days are short, the roads are in poor condition and, worst of all, it’s cold outside. However, it’s not just that it’s hard to get up in the mornings that makes difficult, it’s the added risk of things like damp and mould that can make winters challenging. As temperatures stay low, motorhome owners are being warned to keep an eye on their vehicles and ensure their doing their utmost to prevent damp and mould.
Damp arises when latent moisture in the motorhome is not allowed to escape. This becomes particularly prevalent around this time of year because many motorhome owners keep their vehicles in storage. Equally, the cold air doesn’t allow moisture to evaporate and water that has accumulated over the summer, perhaps from wet washing or a leaking fridge, stays around and can cause real damage to upholstery.
Of course, when things start getting a little warmer, that’s when mould is able to kick in. Damp and warm conditions are perfect for mould to start spreading and you’ll see it in areas like showers and above sinks first. Mould can be harmful not only to your motorhome, but also poses a danger to respiratory systems and can be particularly inflammatory to asthma sufferers.
Unfortunately, damp and mould are latent conditions that can be quite difficult to track over time and, thus, it’s often tough for motorhome owners to make a reasonable motorhome insurance claims for the associated damages. The only sure fire way to ensure your motorhome will be safe from damp or mould is to keep it well aired and to avoid taking on any more moisture than absolutely necessary.
Motorhome maintenance isn’t always easy to keep on top of during this time of year but the recent snap of cold weather is a good reason for motorhome owners to check that all is running well. Damp can be a lasting and expensive problem and not one to take lightly.