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Habitation Service

Habitation Service For VW Campervans & Motorhomes

 

What is a campervan habitation service ?

A campervan or motorhome is a significant investment, therefore you obviously want to maintain as much of its value as possible whilst being a safe and comfortable for you to use. When it comes to servicing campervans and motorhomes they are treated as two separate parts. The industry generally refers to the engine bay and chassis as the ‘front end’ and the actual living space of the vehicle as the ‘back end (habitation area). An annual campervan or motorhome habitation check is essential to ensure that your van is in safe condition, ready for your next adventure.

Electrical System

All internal and external lights are assessed to see if there are any faults.

Sockets are tested using a loop check, which sends a signal down to verify that it is wired correctly.

Included in these checks are fridge operation, the consumer unit, the TV socket, the battery and anything that requires electricity.

A residual current device (RCD) check involves making sure the RCD trips within a set time.

In addition, the miniature circuit breakers are checked to ensure that they are correct for the appliances in the vehicle.

Gas System

A manometer is used to check for leaks in the gas supply system.

All gas appliances – such as the oven, the fridge, the heating system and the water heater – are turned on, to check they are working properly.

All vents are checked to see they are clear. Then all appliances are turned off at the gas isolator taps.

The flame-failure device should cut in, meaning the test has been passed.

A second test is the CO room test, where all gas appliances are turned on and a flue gas analyser runs for a minimum of 15 minutes with all doors and windows closed.

Water System

All taps are individually checked for leaks, and the motorhome’s waste-water outlet is observed for blockages.

The toilet is inspected to ensure the valve seal is well lubricated and the battery-operated flush is working.

If an Alde wet heating system is installed, the ethylene glycol antifreeze and water must be a 50/50 mix – this is checked using a portable refractometer.

The antifreeze mix in the header tank should be 10mm above ‘Minimum’, not at maximum.

It is recommended that the antifreeze should be changed every two years.

Body

All doors, windows and blinds are assessed for smooth operation.

General observations are made of the whole bodywork, including a visual inspection of the roof.

Elevating Roof

Roof hinges are inspected, adjusted and lubricated.

Canvas inspected and waterproofed.

Tie down straps inspected and re-cut if necessary.