Hints & Tips

Securing your motorhome

Most of us accept the need to maintain our motorhome to obtain the maximum benefit from it but sometimes security is neglected as being unessential, until it’s too late. There is always a risk of theft and thieves will see an opportunity whether your motorhome is worth £100,000 or £1,000. Basic Advice Deter the opportunist

Choosing and Maintaining your tyres

The only contact your vehicle has with the road is through its tyres. The total tyre contact area for an ordinary car is often little more than the size of an A4 sheet of paper. It is therefore essential you have the correct tyres fitted and they are inflated to the correct pressure. They must

Load and Speed

All tyres are marked with a series of codes to tell you the maximum load they can carry and their maximum speed rating. Many vehicles are equipped with tyres with a speed rating considerably higher than the legal limits – if a speed rating is lower than the legal limit then the tyre’s limit takes

Tyre Pressures

It is the air pressure inside the tyre that supports the load and therefore inflation pressures are dictated by the load upon the tyre. You will find the recommended tyre pressure for your motorhome in the owner’s manual. You should always adhere to the pressures given in your handbook. Always check pressures when the tyre

Tyre Care

When doing so, look for cracks, cuts, bulges on or distortion of the tread and both sidewalls, and be sure to remove any stones and other debris trapped in the tread. Wipe off any oil, grease or fuel. If you discover uneven wear, this often suggests a fault in the vehicle’s suspension geometry, so seek

Tyre Sealants

There are two types of tyre sealants in the marketplace – pre-puncture and post-puncture. The post-puncture type may be supplied with a vehicle as an alternative to a spare wheel and can be bought as an aftermarket accessory in the form of a fluid and pump or as a one-shot aerosol can. These are designed

Tyre Age Identification

Since the year 2000 tyre age has been easy to read as it is given in a 4-figure digit – the first two numbers are the week of manufacture and the second are the year. The example above shows a tyre made in week 08 of 2007. Older tyres are dated slightly differently and feature a

Staying Legal

It is illegal to have a tread depth of less than 1.6mm around the entire circumference of the tyre for trailers and vehicles under 3,500kg gross weight. Vehicles over 3,500kg gross weight must have 1mm of tread depth over the same area. You can measure the depth with an inexpensive tyre depth gauge obtainable from

Safety Bands

Modern wheels have safety features designed to retain the tyre in its inflated position on the rim, but never the less a significant pressure loss can dislodge the tyre resulting in possible loss of control. When the tyre deflates it begins to move across the wheel. With nothing to grip it, the edges slip into

Maintenance

Regular maintenance of gas systems is essential All LPG appliances and fittings need regular checking and maintenance if they are to remain safe and reliable.  The Club suitably qualified person in conjunction with the caravan or motorhome’s annual service, preferably at an Approved Workshop. Check the appliance manufacturer’s literature for specific service, maintenance and care

Barbecues

Some motorhomes have an external gas port for using a barbecue. While this is convenient, it is important to observe some extra precautions when using such a device. Using an external gas cylinder to supply gas to the caravan through this port is not recommended or permitted on Camping & Caravan Club Sites or at

Hoses

Gas supply hoses deteriorate over time and in use, so they should be replaced at least every five years and more frequently in intensive use conditions. UK hoses will be marked with their date of manufacture and should be inspected frequently for damage and wear. Make sure all hose clamps are sound and the hoses

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