Looking At Caravans For Sale? Here’s A Checklist That Will Save You Money!

One of the primary concerns of anyone looking at motor homes, RVs and caravans for sale is money. You can very easily be up for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars when purchasing a new van for your travelling pleasure, which is why it makes sense to take a look at your financial situation from the very beginning. To help you save money wherever possible, we have compiled this caravan buying checklist:

  • Check everything that runs on electricity or gas
    Caravan fires do occur more often than you would think, so before buying one it is important that you thoroughly inspect all of the appliances that run on electricity or gas, including their cords. This will alert you to any damage that they may have sustained.
  • Check that the fridge automatically swaps power source
    When your caravan’s refrigerator is turned on, it should automatically switch its power source depending on whether your van has been hooked up to power or not. It is always a good idea to check that a potential van’s fridge does this, as it can require an expensive repair.
  • Check heating and air conditioning systems
    Most caravans for sale do not come fitted with these systems as standard, so it is important to check that these additions have been mounted and wired correctly. Look for dodgy wiring, duct taped wiring and mounted systems that don’t look too stable.
  • Check the bathroom for leaks
    If the caravan has its own bathroom, you should always check the shower, sink and toilet for potential leaks. To ensure that the toilet is in good working order, add some water to the bowl and see if it is still there after 15 minutes (if not, the seal has dried out and cracked).
  • Check for soft spots in the floor
    This is a clear sign that damp has infiltrated the caravan and will require some very expensive repairs. As you walk around the van, pay special attention to how the floor feels beneath your feet, especially in the main traffic areas, like the kitchen area.

By doing each of the above checks when walking through a potential caravan for sale, you can ensure that you save plenty of money down the track by not having to undertake expensive repairs and replacements. It can also help you to spot a bargain caravan and to snap it up for a great price. Remember to make sure that your walk through is thorough, that you open and close everything and that you turn everything on and off.

Make Sure Your Caravan Parts Are in Road Worthy Shape Before Heading Out

As soon as the summer season starts, it is time again for a grand road trip holiday with your family. There is nothing like seeing breathtaking vistas and gorgeous landscapes from the comfort of your recreational vehicle. Make sure your caravan parts are in working order. Getting your caravan, pop-top, or camper serviced regularly is important for the safety of your family. Once your vehicle has been looked over by a professional caravan repairs company, you will have peace of mind while driving.

When you visit a caravan parts shop, not only will they prepare your vehicle for the succeeding 10,000 kilometres, but they will also provide you with a comprehensive report highlighting any future maintenance requirement worth mentioning.

There a number of reasons why you should make this a regular habit before hitting the open road. Bringing your RV to a caravan repairs shop gives you a thorough inspection guaranteed to save you money. This can be quite useful, especially if you own a second-hand vehicle that was purchased privately.

The comprehensive test on your caravan parts helps ensure you have not purchased a lemon. This is something you should do. If you have not yet bought the vehicle, you can still decide whether or not to buy it. Knowing what is wrong gives you an idea of how much money you will have to spend and extra leverage to purchase it at a reduced price.

Some of the caravan parts that are given a thorough inspection include the following:

– Wheels, brakes, and bearings

– Tyres and wheels

– Springs and shackles for wear

– Outriggers, chassis rails, cross-members, and A-Frames for damage/fatigue

– Jockey wheel and jack lubrication

– External traffic lights and wiring connections

– Hand brake cable adjustment

Another point worth mentioning about a caravan repairs company is that they can perform insurance work on behalf of all major insurance companies. Whether it is fire, storm, or impact damage, they can help you organise your claim and repairs in the most efficient and stress-free way possible.

For example, your vehicle breaks down and you want to get right back on the road to reach your destination on time. Having your caravan parts repaired to its original state can only be achieved if you obtain a full warranty on all authorised repairs.

One important check you should make before heading out is on your caravan roof. This is one portion that is hardly ever inspected. Most people wait till the eleventh hour to get it fixed when it is already beyond repair. Why wait till then? A caravan repairs shop can reseal your roof by applying a membrane that seals, acts as insulation, and reduces damages caused by hail storms to a certain extent. Sealing the roof makes it quieter during occurrences of heavy rainfall.

Remember, a caravan roof sealant starts to deteriorate once it has rolled off the factory floor. Add in sunlight, dust, oil, moisture, and temperature variations, and it is only a matter of time before the sealant starts to crack or, at worst, has disappeared entirely.

How to Repair Scratched Acrylic Windows

For the past thirty years or so, caravans in the UK have been supplied with double glazed acrylic windows. These have been a great benefit to caravan owners as they are lighter and have superior thermal insulation qualities than the traditional glass windows previously used. However, they have one major disadvantage over glass, they scratch very easily. For example, many a holiday maker has taken their caravan along narrow country lanes only to find when they reach their destination there are a multitude of scratches on the side windows which have come into contact with low hanging tree branches.

People with scratched caravan windows have found that they are very costly to replace. It is not unusual for a single side window to cost over £600. Replacement becomes very costly if two or three windows are damaged at the same time. It is no wonder why many caravan owners decide to just live with scratched acrylic windows.

However, with the right know how and correct equipment, it is possible to repair scratches in caravan windows. It is possible to carry out caravan acrylic window repairs by hand, but better results in a shorter period of time can be achieved by using a variable speed detail sander with three inch disks. Follow a methodical approach using finer grade disks at each stage.

Start with a 180 grade disk. Using a circular motion work over the scratches and keep the sander moving at all times. Do not apply too much pressure or concentrate on just one area as it is possible to burn the acrylic. The 180 disk will remove the deep scratches but it will make scratches of its own and make the acrylic opaque. This is ok. Now repeat the excise using a 320 grade disk. This will remove the 180 grade scratches and leave finer grade scratches. Repeat again using 500 then 1000 grade disks. By this stage all the opaqueness will have gone and only very fine scratches remain. These can be moved using a 3000 grade wet and dry pad. Apply a spray of water whilst working on this stage. By now all the scratches will be removed. The final stage is to apply polish at a low speed which will make the window shine and look as good as new.

It is important not to rush through the stages, nor miss out a stage as the scratches are gradually reduced. Each stage should show a visible improvement over the previous stage. If there is no visible improvement then repeat the stage. This process if carried out correctly will repair scratches in caravan windows. Be aware though that if the window is cracked through one of the two skins it is not safe to repair. If the window is this badly damaged it should be replaced.

So now you know how to repair scratched acrylic windows. Those trips along narrow winding country roads should not be so intimidating in the future because you know that if you have a mishap with overhanging branches, you can repair the damage when you get back home.