Campers are on the road again: what to check before the holidays?


If they stand still for a long time, it is recommended to move them a few meters to avoid deformations in the tires

The approaching summer and the high temperatures mean that the very fashionable motorhomes are back on the road. Whether for a weekend getaway or to take advantage of extended holiday periods, their presence on our roads is increasing. With a maintenance very similar to that of light vehicles, they contain a number of elements that require special attention, such as possible deformations in the tires when they are standing for a long time and because of their weight.

For this reason, it is advisable to start the vehicle and move it back and forth a few meters at a certain interval. In this way we ensure that the cover regains its shape and that the pressure is applied to a different point.

As the Euromaster specialists have explained, checking tire pressure is vital and it is recommended to check cold tires at least once a month. Taking care of their condition and wear is paramount. If the drawing is very worn or the rubber is cracked, we need to replace the rubber at short notice.

A safe bet is to opt for specialty tires designed for RVs or vehicles to carry heavy loads. Reinforcing the flanks makes them more resistant. Another good solution is the M+S tires, designed to cope perfectly with different weather conditions, such as mud, rain or snow.

The freedom offered by campers allows you to take surprising routes and enter coastal or mountain areas with the presence of vegetation, soil, dust and humidity, these are elements that have a major influence on the cabin air filter, also known as the pollen filter. named. In this way dirt can enter the interior, reducing the efficiency of the system and creating a difficult atmosphere for the driver and passengers, requiring regular maintenance.

The same goes for the engine air filter. When it becomes saturated, engine performance is compromised, resulting in increased fuel economy and even serious breakdowns for the wallet.

In addition to all these elements, it is advisable not to overlook the basic checks of any vehicle. By running the oil at the right time, having the right level of all fluids, maintaining the condition of the lights correctly or having a healthy suspension, we can forget about unnecessary fears with every move.

Also the brakes, especially if we walk with the camper in wet conditions, where they can lose braking power due to continuous parking.

Finally, taking care of the battery and accessories of a motorhome is a point to take into account. Improper maintenance or overloading can lead to partial or complete discharge and therefore expire the service life much earlier than expected. This setback can lead to misuse of electronic devices or the heating system.

In addition, it is important to know that if the motorhome has a gas installation, it is mandatory to have it checked by a qualified mechanic at least once every four years. An assessment that includes both the tightness of the circuit, the verification of hoses or the testing of elements such as the kitchen or appliances.

An average spend for a fully equipped pre-owned motorhome can be around 31,000 Euros, while if we choose a new one it can go up to 44,000, and the price limit just depends on our imagination. As for the rental option, depending on whether we are already in high or low season and on the characteristics of the vehicle, we can talk about a margin of 115 to 180 euros per day, like Berta Pérez, from the company Alquivan.

The normal is that the rental is for a minimum of seven days, but if they are needed for more time, the most common is that “you can enjoy some kind of offer”.

The first thing is to choose the type of vehicle that best suits our trip. And for that we have to take into account not only the number of people who will travel with us, but also what we want to give priority to: maneuverability, interior comfort, kitchen and large spaces.

To do this, you have to choose between the campervans -vans adapted as motorhomes that are perfect for couples or small groups of travelers who want to enjoy a life on wheels without the need for big luxuries-; the integrals, for those looking for comfort, quality and large spaces; the hoods, which add space above the driver’s cab as a bedroom, ideal for four, five or even six people; and the profiled, similar to the nasturtium but with greater maneuverability and a smaller protrusion above the cab, designed for small families or small groups of friends.

Not all rentals include the same equipment, so it’s essential that you ask what the rental includes. Usually dishes, kitchenware, bedding and sometimes even child seats are included in the price, but it never hurts to ask if it also includes GPS, cylinders or even chains.

Source: La Verdad


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