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The joy of owning a motorhome is the freedom it offers - the open road, the possibility to explore new places, and the comfort of a home on wheels. But like any vehicle, a motorhome requires regular care and maintenance, particularly when preparing it for the summer months and your motorhome holiday. This motorhome maintenance checklist will walk you through the essential steps to get your motorhome summer-ready.


1. Kick-off with a thorough exterior wash

Start by removing the dirt and debris accumulated over the winter months. Use a wash and wax formula suitable for your motorhome's exterior finish. An extendable brush will make it easier to reach high areas such as your motorhome roof. Start cleaning from the top and work your way down to the tyres, making sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any soap residue.


2. Inspect the exterior

Check for any damage, cracks, leaks, or anything else that may be stuck to the paint. Fixing these issues early on can prevent further damage and save you money in the long run. Pay special attention to the roof, and replace missing or cracked caulking around vents and seals.


3. Refresh the water system

If you've used antifreeze to winterise your water tank, motorhome owners need to flush it thoroughly to remove the chemical remnants. Use a mixture of bleach and water to clean the water tank completely. Once cleaned, fill the water system and water heater, ensuring they are full and working correctly before plugging into shore power.


4. Check the air conditioning unit

Ensure that your air conditioning unit is in working order. A well-functioning AC unit is crucial for maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your motorhome during the hot summer months. Remember to clean or replace the AC filters to ensure efficient operation.


5. Examine the tyres

Tyres are a critical component of your motorhome. Examine them for any signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or worn-out treads. Also, check the tire pressure and inflate them as needed according to the manufacturer's specifications.


6. Inspect the motorhome battery

Batteries tend to lose energy when not in use, so it's essential to check your motorhome's battery before hitting the road. Make sure that they are fully charged and have the correct water levels.


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7. Check the appliances

Before you set off, check all the appliances in your motorhome. This includes those running on propane and electricity. Ensure they are all working safely and efficiently.


8. Inspect the engine and generator

Give your motorhome's engine some special attention. Check all fluid levels and make sure they are at their recommended levels. This includes power steering, transmission, engine oil, engine coolant, generator oil, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid. If you are not comfortable with these tasks it is advised to seek professional help.


9. Smoke detector and fire extinguisher

Don't overlook these two vital safety aspects. Replace the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and ensure your fire extinguisher is in good working order. Remember, you need to know what to do if there is a fire in your motorhome.


10. Interior cleaning

Just like the exterior, the interior of your motorhome also needs some TLC. Vacuum the carpets, wipe down surfaces, and look for any signs of pests or water damage. Regular cleaning will ensure a comfortable and safe living area during your trips.


11. Caring for your motorhome toilet

Your motorhome toilet is more than just a convenience - it's an essential part of modern motorhomes. Make sure it's working properly and the seal isn't dried out or hardened. Regularly clean the toilet using motorhome friendly cleaning products and toilet paper.


12. Awning and slide-out maintenance

Last but not least, don't forget to care for your motorhome awning and slide-outs. Check that they are working properly and clean them regularly to prevent dirt and debris build-up.



By following these steps, you'll ensure that your motorhome is ready to hit the road for an unforgettable summer adventure. Regular maintenance not only keeps your motorhome looking great but also extends its lifespan, giving you peace of mind to enjoy your trips.

Remember, a well-maintained motorhome is a happy motorhome.


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