Habitation Checks & Caravan Servicing
Highland Campervans technicians can carry out annual habitation checks to the living areas on campervans, motorhomes and caravans.
This includes checks on the gas, electric and water systems, as well as checks on appliances (fridges, cookers and heaters), safety equipment and ventilation.
As part of the motorhome and caravan servicing, we also undertake a damp inspection to check for any signs of water ingress. Our customers receive a comprehensive report following a habitation check which outlines all of the checks undertaken as well as any other problems that our technician might have identified.
In addition, for caravans we also carry out a chassis service. This is a service of the wheels, brakes, draw bar, jockey wheel, hitch coupling, breakaway cable, road lighting, corner steadies and electrical coupling. If a motor mover is fitted, we will check to make sure it is secure.
Any parts required will be charged in addition to the service e.g. brake shoes, and will incur an additional cost for fitting. No repairs will be carried out unless it has been agreed PRIOR to the start of the service.
For customers who prefer to have any specific servicing work done without the annual habitation service then our technicians can look at single or multiple appliances depending on your requirements.
Why have a Habitation Check on your leisure vehicle?
A habitation check is a detailed examination of the living area of your motorhome, campervan or caravan.
There are important reasons to have regular habitation checks:
- Safety - to protect your family and loved ones;
- Identify problems early - catching a problem early will prevent a quick fix turning into a costly repair;
- Warranty - to avoid invalidating your warranty;
- Maintaining value - a history of habitation checks and maintenance will enhance the value and saleability of your motorhome or caravan;
What is included in a Habitation Check?
Corner steadies & folding steps (where applicable) - check & lubricate.
Under slung tanks and pipes - check condition and security
12n, 12s/13 pin plugs & cables-check condition & test
Road lights & reflectors-check condition & operation
Battery - check condition of battery & compartment & record idle voltage.
Battery - check & top up level if required & perform Battery state of heath.
Check battery charge from 12s/13pin plug
Fridge-check operation from 12s/13 pin (tourer)
Fridge-check operation from 12v (motorhome engine running)
Interior lighting & equipment-check operation & fuse rating
Awning light- check operation
Wiring earths - check for defects on all ELV circuits (visual)
LV inlet plug & extension lead - check condition & resistance across connection pins
Earth bonding - visual inspection
RCD unit - check operation of RCD test button & operation of MCB’s
230v sockets - carry out plug top polarity test
Electric awning & step - check condition & operation
Charger - check output charge rate at battery connections
Electric hob - check operation (if fitted)
Boiler - check operation on 230v (if fitted)
Check operation of all other 230v appliances
Habitation air conditioning - check operation (if fitted, weather dependant)
Check that any additional items fitted are to relevant standard
Regulator & Gas hose - check age. Performance and security
Carry out gas leak check
Gas cylinder or LPG tank - check security
Flame failure device (FFD) check operations
Cooker - check operation & FFD
Heater - check operation & FFD
Fridge - check operation & FFD
Water heater (boiler) - Check operation & FFD
Ensure all gas dispersal vents are clear
Water pump & pressure switch - check operation
Taps, micro switches, valves, pipes & tanks (if fitted)- check condition & operation
Water filter & housing - check for leaks & replace (if fitted if requested by customer)
Water system - check for leaks
Water tanks - check security of all water tanks, including under slung (if fitted)
Toilet - check security, operation of flush pump & lubricate seals
Fixed ventilation - check for obstructions & free air flow
Check all fixed ventilation.
Roof lights - check for cracks, operation & free of obstructions
Fire & Safety
Smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarm(s) - check operation and dates
If a fire extinguisher is fitted check the date
If a fire blanket is fitted - check security of it housing
Doors & windows - check operation of all locks, catches, stays & seals
Roof - check conditions of roof lights, seals & general condition of the roof
Body attachments - check security of any ladders, cycle racks, lockers, aerials, sat dish’s or dome’s etc...
Cab seats - check operations (swivel or bed configuration)
Grab handles - check security & sealing
Floor - check for sponginess/delamination
Furniture - check condition & operation of all furniture doors, handles and fixings
Blinds & fly screens - check condition, tension, operation & material
Damp test - carry out & note readings on appropriate damp report sheet
Coupling head - check wear/damage & lubricate
Ball acting stabiliser - check pads
Coupling head gaiter - check condition, routing & integrity
Draw bar - check
Corner steadies & spare wheel carrier - check for damage, operation and lubricate
Jockey wheel - check condition, operation and lubricate
Chassis - check condition, security of assemblies including chassis to floor
Wheels & tyres - check for damage or distortion
Tyres - assess age & advise replacement if over 7 years
Tyres - check condition & wear pattern (inc. sidewalls & valves)
Check & record tyre tread depths
Check & record tyre pressures inc. spare
Suspension - visually check condition of rubbers, bushes, dampers & springs
Remove brake drums - clean & check hub bearings and seals
Brake shoes - clean & check condition of brake linings inc. springs & expanders
Brake rods, cables & supports - check operation, lubricate & adjust
Refit brake drums - torque hub nuts to manufacturers settings, adjust brakes & check operation
Replace road wheels & torque to manufacturers settings
Handbrake mechanism - check operation, adjust & lubricate