Hillside Leisure feels it’s important to help you maintain and care for your campervan, especially during these strange and difficult times. Whether you’ve got a VW, Renault, Ford or Nissan, this information applies to all of our campervan range(past and present) and is vital in maintaining your camper.
With most of our campervans now being stuck in hibernation on the driveway, the following steps can help to maintain all elements of your camper and keep it in good working order. This way, when we come out the other side and can travel again, your camper will be ready to set off as soon as you are!
Campervan water system
Draining your water is one of the most important preparations you need to undertake. Make sure you empty all water tanks, including waste and toilet facilities. This will help avoid any undesirable smells and, during any cold weather, will stop the water from freezing and damaging the pipework.
Campervan Roof maintenance
The SCA Roof in your campervan needs to be fully dried before closing the roof down, which will help you maintain your canvas and keep it fresh from mould and damp during months with no use.
If possible we would suggest opening the roof release once a month just to help maintain full mechanical movement, and for airing out the canvas. We also suggest that you lubricate all mechanical hinges and check all of the bolts, making sure they are clean.
If you’re not going to use your roof for a long time we suggest lubricating around the rubber seal with a silicone spray before closing the roof. This will help to stop it from sticking to the roof when you reopen it, preventing damage or tearing.
Please make sure all lubricants or silicons are appropriate for their intended use.
Make sure all appliances are switched off and the battery is fully charged to help with the longevity of the electrics. We also recommend that you connect your leisure battery to the mains at least once every couple of weeks to keep it charged up and in good condition.
One Last Tip
If you’re not using your gas supply we suggest that it should always be turned off at the bottle (or removed) when the vehicle is not in use.
If you have any questions about the above steps or any other aspects of maintaining your vehicle, please feel free to drop us an email and we’ll reply to you as soon as we are able to.
Stay safe during these trying times.