There are different approaches to motorhome ownership and different people do things in a different way. Some like to buy and sell in a hurry, replacing a new motorhome after two or three years, making the most of its good condition and getting a good resale price. On the other hand, there are those who run the same old van into the ground for fifteen years (or more!) before splashing out on a new model. Whichever camp you fall into, there are things you can do to prolong the life of your motorhome; here are our top three tips.
Clean Inside and Out
All sorts of things get inside motorhomes however hard you try, and the truth is that once you have a damp problem it’s almost impossible to get rid of it. Cleaning regularly inside your motorhome is vital. Mud will take off paintwork if it’s allowed to sit around and could contribute to rust problems and weakening of bodywork. A spray with a hose on a nice sunny day should do the trick fine for most occasions, but it’s worth treating your motorhome to a wax and service every now and again.
Respect your Drive Train
We’ve all been in that situation where we’re struggling to get over the peak of the hill or out of that soft spot of grass and the usually remedy is to pile on the revs. If at all possible. don’t. Your clutch is a delicate item and has to deal with incredible amounts of force so economical, low-rev driving will really be rewarded in the long run. Equally, if you have a problem, get it fixed: whatever is wrong will only get worse.
Splurge on Servicing
If you’re wanting to keep your motorhome in good knick then you’ll need to get it regularly serviced and regularly checked over. Do all you can at home, keep the oil and fluids topped up, but sometimes you’ll just need to speak with the local garage. A motorhome insurance policy can be a great help when keeping on top of the cost of repairs.
So that’s it: for long life, drive safe, keep clean and a regular service doesn’t hurt either!