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Simple Maintenance Tasks You Can Do While on a Campervan Trip

It must be stressed that if you’re hiring a campervan for your campervan trip you shouldn’t attempt to perform any maintenance on the vehicle yourself but rather leave such activities in the capable hands of qualified mechanics, with a few exceptions, most notably checking the tyre pressure and wheel lugs.

However, everything else discussed here is intended for campervan owners, because not only are hired campervans maintained and serviced regularly to ensure high standards of safety, but if you lack maintenance experience you could inadvertently jeopardise the safety of yourself and your family.

  • Check the tyre pressure and wheel lugs

Before departing on a road trip check your wheels, including the tyre pressure and wheel lugs, which is also something to check every few days whilst travelling, and also check the tread on its tyres when preparing for a long trip because the less tread on your tyres, the less they’ll grip the road and the less control you’ll have behind the wheel.

Check the pressure when the tyres are cold, i.e. before departing, rather than when they’re warm, i.e. when you arrive at your destination, because warm tyres won’t give accurate readings.

Lugs are remarkably easy to check and a simple way to check they’re snug is to put the wrench on the bolt and put your bodyweight on the wrench – that’s it!

  • Inspect the roof (seals and seams)

You should inspect the seals and seams at least twice a year depending on where you live and the rainfall there and you should have also invested in a heavy duty tarpaulin to keep the rain off your campervan’s roof and mitigate water damage.

If you find damaged seals or seams you’ll need to repair them before they worsen. For this you’ll need silicone sealant and aluminium tape, though be sure to wash and dry the area before applying either.

  • Change oil and filters

Like all motor vehicles you should change the oil and filters – hydraulic, fuel, coolant, air, etc. – on your campervan regularly. The frequency in which you need to change the oil and filters will depend upon how often you use your campervan and the instructions in the owner’s manual.

  • Check and flush life-support systems

Your campervan’s gas, waste and water systems are commonly referred to as life-support systems and these should also be checked regularly when your campervan isn’t in use and throughout your trip.

Holidaymakers travelling in the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ who’ve made arrangements for campervan hire in NZ might like to ask the rental agency whether they will need to check these over the course of their journey themselves if they are planning on a lengthy journey – you won’t want to find the toilet out of order halfway through your journey around New Zealand.

  • Check for mildew and mould

Although seemingly minor problems, mildew and mould often prove to be just the opposite and they can also be very expensive problems to rectify.
Whilst there’s a greater chance of mildew and mould affecting your campervan when it isn’t being used – this is why you need to air out your campervan regularly when in storage – there’s always a chance that it can be affected by mildew and mould when you’re on holiday, so keep an eye (and a nostril or two) out for signs of mildew and mould.

In addition to being an expensive problem to rectify, mildew and mould can also negatively affect your family’s health in the form of, for example, allergic reactions, nervous system disorders and respiratory problems.
With these considerations in mind – Happy travels!


About the Author:
A company whose management is financially and personally invested in the business, Apollo is one of the leading providers of campervan hire in NZ. Their fleet has more than 3000 quality vehicles for clients to choose from.

 

Funny Moving Stories from the Eyes of the Removalist

While moving homes can be a stressful time for all, have you ever thought about how it seems from the point of view of the removalist? After all, they’re doing this job day in and day out so it surely must be tiring! However, once you do something for so long, you eventually come across situations that are quite humorous later on.

Moving

Attack of the Cursing Nun

One story comes from a mover hired by an old lady to transport her things. After turning up at her house, he finds out there’s no truck. She tells him it’s stuck in traffic so he brings her furniture outside to be ready when the moving truck arrives. An hour passes and still there’s no truck. After this, he gets suspicious and again questions the old lady and her friends. It turns out she hadn’t even hired a moving vehicle at all!

So naturally he asks her what they’re going to load all the furniture in. At this point, her sweet personality suddenly changes and she starts swearing and attacking the man! His assistants had to break up a fight between this little old lady and the big, burly mover.

One of her friends comes up, calls her sister, and tells her to calm down. So the swearing lady was a nun as well. She refuses to release the payment (this guy had been there for several hours by now) and so he calls the police. This would be true of any team of professional removalists in Sydney or elsewhere as they deserve to be paid for their services. The cops come and say that he can press charges against her if he wishes. After this, she grudgingly accepts she needs to pay.

So he gets into his car and is about to leave when she asks if he’ll move her furniture back inside. He says no. She goes nuts again and moves her car to block the way out of her place. The police have to go and arrest her before he can leave. To top it off, at that moment a big black cloud appears, drenching her furniture in a rare, karmic display.

You’ve Packed My Daughter!

Our second story involves a crew of six movers helping a single, middle-aged woman move house. Everything was going fine and the truck was almost ready to go. Suddenly, one of his assistants runs down the stairs from her apartment and says she’s freaking out. He goes upstairs to find her frantic. “You have my daughter!” she screams and runs down to the removals vehicle.

Now the mover is sure they haven’t packed anyone in the back of the truck. His crew had been loading up boxes and furniture into the moving vehicle and there was no sign of anyone else there. After calming her down though, they find out that in fact her daughter’s ashes had been in the living room and they’d been inadvertently packed with the rest of her belongings.

Understandably, the woman was afraid that the ashes would spill out while in transit. Even though the removalist reassured her that they’d be fine, he still took the time and effort to search through the packed items and retrieve the wooden box. As promised, it was still locked and intact so this is a story that ends up better than the one above.

How about you? Do you have any funny or weird moving stories that you have to tell about your past experience as a mover? While this job can be stressful, sometimes it brings about interesting stories which we would love to hear below.

Guide to Gross Vehicle Weight Rating for Moving Trucks

GVWR or GVM is very important when it comes to moving trucks. Known as the gross vehicle weight rating it is considered to be the highest weight a vehicle of this nature can operate as set out by the manufacturer. This takes into account a number of different factors including the likes of the truck’s body as well as its engine, fuel, body, cargo and even the passengers. These hosts of factors are all crucial in the vehicle’s weight. Yet the gross weight overall is referred to the actual mass of an actual truck or particular vehicle. Below you will find are there is to know regarding GVWR for moving trucks and vehicles.

white moving storage truck

Licence permits

If you decide to drive a truck or a vehicle then a regular car licence in an EU territory allows you the opportunity to drive anything with a vehicle weighting of around 8,000lbs. This includes;

  • Any licence holders who possess a UK class B permit.
  • Anyone who have passed a driving test since the beginning of 1997.
  • The ability to operate minibuses.

HGV trucks

On the other hand, those who would like the chance to drive an HGV or Heavy Goods Vehicle with a rating of more than 7.5kg needs to have a class C official permit for their truck. This can be for any given vehicle except a bus, whilst you will need to pass not to mention have to;

  • Receive a Class C permit.
  • Be aware of the fact that there might be restrictions for driving vehicles in the US which are more than 6,000lbs.

Safety

Of course it is essential to recognize the gross vehicle weight rating as a limit for your truck or as set out by the manufacturer. Nonetheless your vehicle should not under any circumstances be unnecessarily loaded up beyond the weight rating itself. In this way, safety is definitely the operative word. Some problems you may encounter with an unbalanced GVWR feature;

  • The brakes may not work properly in order to reduce your speed.
  • The suspension suddenly grinding to a halt or becoming ineffective thanks to the extra strain.
  • Tyres that are under strain coming under greater pressure from the weight thus creating more heat and leading to a possible blow out.

Be sensible

If you are moving home or looking to hire a london removals company to transport your goods, you will need to take into account an important point. In addition to this, you will have to factor in things such as passengers in the car and whether or not this is included in the overall GVW. On the other hand, if you are towing a trailer, you should consider things such as;

  • Tongue weight.
  • Finding out the gross vehicle weight which can normally be found inside the door frame of the vehicle.
  • Looking for further details on the web regarding gross vehicle weight from the manufacturers.

Security

One of the most important areas for a moving truck is that all loads should be properly secured in case of any issues. Furthermore, any items should be covered or at the very least so they don’t interfere with the overall vehicle weight rating which might alter. This is so objects do not become loose from the vehicle in question. It should also not obstruct the driver’s vision which could prove to make the truck unbalanced to a certain extent.

Personal choice

At the end of the day, it is really down to the individual when looking for the right vehicle and weight rating. You must locate the correct vehicle with a rating that will match your specific requirements. Therefore, it is imperative that you;

  • Find a vehicle or truck which has slightly more capacity.
  • Search for the tow load or tongue weight which is well within the capacity of a vehicle.
  • Take your time to find something that will be both durable and good value.

With more and more people hitting the highway in search of adventure, moving home or using trucks for work, there are a host of opportunities for people to use trucks. If you follow just a few of these simple steps, it will ensure you are more than comfortable with seeking information on gross vehicle weight ratings.

Things to Look Out For When Buying a New Van

Buying a new van like any other new vehicle can at times be a bit daunting for many people. There are buying options, different models and a whole other host of things to think about.

Citroen van

One of the best things to do before you commit to buying a new van is to sit down and carefully think about what you actually need it for. Once you have your main requirements clear, you can then research new vans to see which models have the best specs to suit your needs.

The next step is, of course, checking the prices and thinking about the terms of your payment. There are some great instalment plans available but if you buy for cash, you can get some great discounts.

So, once you have figured out your requirements and have a good idea on how much you have to spend, you can start to look through some model specifications. For a good idea of what a van can do for you, there are just a few things to look out for.

1. Cubic Load Capacity

The cubic load capacity is measured in meters squared. This does not reflect the weight capacity, merely the actual size of the load carrying area. So, if your business moves large products that are very light in weight, you should carefully check the load capacity space. A lighter vehicle will be more fuel-efficient than a heavier stronger vehicle.

2. Load weight

The load weight of the van determines the actual weight of the cargo it can carry. The heavier the cargo the heavier the van needs to be which will in turn increases fuel consumption. If you don’t intend on carrying heavy loads, a lighter vehicle would be much more fuel efficient and cheaper the run. It is always worth thinking about the weight capacities to get the right van for your haulage needs.

3. Van engine Size

Engine size is another important factor that needs to be carefully considered before you make your final decision. Large capacity Citroen vans and other similar makes are great for long distances and for heavy loads but not so good for small short deliveries in towns. So, if you are delivering sandwiches in a local city, you don’t really need a powerful large engine capacity vehicle. This can make a lot of difference with fuel as well as with your insurance costs.

4. The Luxuries

We all, of course, love to drive vehicles that have some luxuries like air conditioning, blue tooth connectivity and electric windows. However, if you are just using your van for some light occasional duties, you can probably live without them. If on the other hand you intend to use the vehicle for long distances on a regular basis, it would probably be worth investing in a vehicle with some mod cons. The extras will add quite a bit to the price tag, so think carefully about your needs.

5. Van Quality

Like any vehicle, vans have quite a considerable choice when it comes to overall quality. This will be reflected in the price, but like anything in life, you get what you pay for. So, you need to think about your pocket and your requirements. Do you need the very latest braking technology and race tech engines or would just a more regular van be a better choice?

These specifications are some of the most basic things that you should think about before investing in a new van. However, at the end of the day, the final choice is up to you and your personal tastes do count.

Electric Cars: How They Could Revolutionise the Future

Although you may not have seen the excellent Chris Paine documentaries ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’ (2006) and ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’ (2011), chances are you have a good idea as to why electric vehicles have the potential to revolutionise the future and help us combat global warming which is an all inclusive phenomenon that threatens everyone’s future; mine, yours, our children’s – everyone’s.

Electric vehicles: A short history

As you may have heard before, ‘If you don’t know the past then you don’t know the future’, which is a very apt statement to make where electric vehicles are concerned, however, that doesn’t explain why electric vehicles have such a lengthy history yet they’re so scarce a sight on the road – a conspiracy perhaps?

The history of the electric car began much longer ago than most people are aware, way back in the mid 19th Century which is quite remarkable taking into account the fact that the year 1886 is considered the birth of the automobile.

What is perhaps more remarkable as far as dates are concerned is that the first electric vehicle in a conventional sense was developed in 1890 or 1891 by William Morrison of Des Moines, Iowa and the electric vehicle in question was a six-passenger wagon that could reach a speed of 23 km/h which was remarkable for those times.

Although there were technical limitations and the top speed an electrical vehicle could reach was 32 km/h, electric vehicles had a number of advantages over their gasoline powered counterparts, as they do today. They ran without the noise, smell and vibration of gasoline powered cars and they didn’t require gear changes either, what was considered to be the most difficult aspect of driving in those days.

Anyhow the electric car was not to be, and instead we’ve had over a century of gasoline powered vehicles and the problems now overwhelmingly associated with the use of fossil fuels – environmental degradation, pollution and global warming, not to mention their adverse affects on human health.

To the future … and beyond!

Whilst fossil fuel driven cars may still be more popular on the road that isn’t to say they’re representative of the future of road travel, far from it. One of the biggest impediments to the popularity of electric vehicles has been the lack of charging stations but that’s fast changing and there are now over 200 EV (electric vehicle) charging stations in the UK alone and that number is increasing rapidly. Therefore there will soon be a time where everyone in the UK will be able to conveniently access an EV charging station to charge their EV.

The price of EVs has also been cited as an impediment to their popularity and admittedly they were rather exclusive at one time but that is also changing and prices have dropped significantly so now owning an electric vehicle – and not only an electric car but also an electric motorcycle or scooter – is within the reach of most motorists. What’s more, EV prices will continue to fall further rendering them the most astute choice of vehicle it’s possible to hit the road in.

Whilst some might say not everyone is able to afford a Tesla and that’s true, however, not everyone is able to afford a Ferrari or Lamborghini either. Therefore we will have to be realistic with our expectations regarding ownership of electric cars just as we always have been regarding ownership of cars powered by fossil fuels.

So why should you drive an electric car? In addition to revolutionising the future and making it a better, safer place for us to grow old and our children to grow up, there are a number of excellent reasons why you should drive an electric car, electric motorcycle or electric scooter. Here are three.

  • Save money. Gasoline is only going to get more expensive.
  • Save time. Electric vehicles are smaller, more manoeuvrable and overall better suited to our increasingly congested roadways.
  • Help the economy. We need energy efficient technologies to reduce our reliance on foreign oil reserves.

These are three great reasons why you should take an interest in driving an electric vehicle and there are many, many more.

Important Reminders for Using a Campervan in Winter

While most people tend to store their motorhomes away when the winter months come around, some may instead wish to venture out on a road trip to enjoy the snowy landscapes. You can’t simply depart though and expect your RV to handle the same as in the summertime. On the contrary, you’ll need to think about a few important aspects so that you stay safe and comfortable even though the temperatures outside may be plummeting. The following advice will help you enjoy your next road trip despite the colder climes.

Pay Attention to Heating

Let’s start with the obvious point that you need to stay as warm as possible while in your winter campervan. Here are a few tips that will help you heat up your RV in a number of different ways:

  • Purchase two electric-powered space heaters for the interiors
  • Place an extra heater in the bay storing your fresh water, sewage, etc.
  • Buy a heated mattress pad to keep warm during the night time
  • Disconnect your fresh water hose so it doesn’t freeze in the cold
  • Insulate all of your pipes using foam or any other suitable material

In this way, you can fight off those chilly temperatures, keeping your RV nice and warm. When preparing your campervan for an upcoming winter road trip, this is by far the most important step as it takes care of your health and helps you avoid frozen pipes, burst storage tanks, etc.

Make the Right Modifications

You’ll also need to purchase a number of accessories for your motorhome so it can survive these extreme temperatures. If you’re worried about spending some extra money here, remember that you’ll probably be offered discount prices on the campsite anyway as it is wintertime! Here are some of the modifications you’ll need to make:

  • Skirting for your RV. By wrapping your vehicle up in this material and placing a small space heater underneath, you’ll ensure the engine and piping is kept warm so it doesn’t freeze.
  • Motorhome tyre chains. These are a legal requirement in some areas. They’ll help you grip the road during icy conditions and can allow you to get through a storm without having to sit and wait for it to pass.

While you might not even have to use these accessories during your trip, having them there with you will ensure you can safely get through just about any sort of conditions. Those choosing RV rentals should ask about cold weather gear so they can return the vehicle without having to freeze along the way. Be prepared and you’ll end up enjoying your wintertime road trip a lot more as a result.

Bring the Proper Equipment

It will also be essential to bring along some additional items to help in an emergency situation. When packing for your trip, make sure you have the following equipment:

  • A weather band radio
  • Extra blankets or sleeping bags
  • Ample fresh drinking water
  • Gas powered generator
  • Additional LPG/propane tanks
  • A blow dryer for defrosting
  • An emergency GPS system

The good news is that your campervan should have enough storage space for all of these items plus your usual travelling gear. By planning ahead, you can prevent cold and discomfort by storing the right sort of winter equipment in your RV. The best prior preparations will let you explore your country in a safe, comfortable manner even though temperatures are low and it’s freezing outside.

Adjust Your Habits

Camping in the wintertime is very different to the summer so it’s important to behave accordingly. When travelling in your motorhome, make sure to remember these easy pieces of advice:

  • Call up all nearby campgrounds to see if they’re open in the winter
  • Always use winterised diesel and antifreeze during your travels
  • Regularly open your RV windows to prevent condensation build-up

After a few simple changes in your routine, you can protect your motorhome in the winter months and get the most out of your next road trip.

This is all that you need to know when it comes to taking a road trip during these snowy times. Remember this advice and you can enjoy some amazing winter landscapes and activities while staying safe and warm throughout your travels.

Financing Options for College Students Looking to Buy a New Ride

When you’re in college having the right wheels is essential for being seen in the right light among your peers, and any girls (or guys) you’re interested in. Having an old, banged up car simply won’t cut it on campus, which is why it’s so important to look into your financing options ahead of time, as the sooner you figure out how you’re going to pay for your new car, the sooner you can look into what you’re able to afford.

Though your financial options may be fairly broad in one respect, in general you will have three main channels to choose from, each of which are listed below. Take note that not every option will apply to every situation. Consider which of these options apply to your personal situation at this moment in time, then do you best to choose one (though in some circumstances it’s entirely reasonable for you to choose between two).

Borrowing Money from Family

Borrowing money from family (and close friends) is an issue whereby it’s difficult to find a single person on earth who doesn’t have an opinion on the issue one way or another. Asking a family member for a loan to purchase a new ride can be an incredibly dicey situation, but if done correctly and with respect for each other it could turn into a lucrative financial arrangement for you both.

You see, when most people think about borrowing money from family they only think about the negatives it can produce. And that’s fair enough, their certainly are many points of contention, but so long as you both handle the situation as adults you can both get you want. For example, if you pay off your borrowed money to your family, on time, and with interest, that interest payment is money they otherwise wouldn’t have had. And from your point of view, even though you’ll want to offer your family member a certain level of interest on the money you borrow, the interest they charge you will likely be less than what you’d expect to pay a bank or loan provider.

Getting a Personal Loan

Though going down the personal loan route may sound scary to some, in reality the experience couldn’t be easier, and more professional, so long as you know who the best people to talk to are.

Many personal loan companies are more than happy to help college students out when they’re looking to buy a new car, or finance the cost of expensive school books and equipment, for example. In the case of GEMoney personal loans, you’ll even be offered a fixed repayment plan, meaning you’ll know exactly how much you have to pay back, and when you have to pay it. The benefits of this can’t be oversold as the peace of mind you’ll feel when you know exacly what you have to do – and when – in order to pay back the cost of your new ride will no doubt be worth the cost of the car itself!

Saving

Last but now least on our list of financing options for college students looking to buy a new ride is saving; the ancient art of putting money aside for your purchase until eventually you’re able to pay for it in full.

Now, there are both positives and negatives to this approach, and we’re certainly not here to tell you that saving is the best thing in the world, as quite frankly it’s the route least often taken for a reason. In this situation there are two different types of saving; saving day to day (or being frugal), and saving for a big purchase (such as a new car). The difference between the two are significant, as the former looks as saving as a lifestyle choice (saying no to a coffee before your morning class, for example), whereas the latter looks as saving as a temporary thing in pursuit of one big purchase, in this case your new ride.

In conclusion, as a college student looking to buy a new ride you will have three main financing options to choose from, most notably borrowing money from family, getting a personal loan, or saving up (either by being frugal, or with your new car in mind).

Types of SUVs with the Highest Values


The SUV is making a strong comeback on the roads and indeed off road in the UK. For many years, it did of course fall from grace for being a bit of a gas-guzzler that was more often than not rarely used to its full capabilities.

However, these days we are seeing many more fuel-efficient designs, which are suited to both the road and off road driving without compromising the least bit of style, comfort or performance.

As well as being very versatile, the SUV does tend to hold its value well. This, of course, means that you can generally expect a good second hand price for your vehicle or a healthy valuation if you decide to use it as collateral for one of the many cheap logbook loans available.

Understanding used values of vehicles can save you quite a bit of money when it comes to upgrading or changing to a newer model. To help with this valuation process, we have put together a short list of top value holding SUVs.

The Land Rover Discovery 4

1. The Land Rover Discovery 4

This particular model is of course, Land Rover’s flagship model and boasts some of the most technologically advanced all terrain response units on the market. With its high quality leather interior and state of the art on board gadgets, it is also firmly in the luxury vehicle bracket. These SUVs hold their price well, as the demand for these particular models is always high. For models later than 2010, you can expect £25.000 and upwards as used value.

Porsche Cayenne

2. Porsche Cayenne

Being designed an built by one of the most respected sports car manufactures in the world, the Porsche Cayenne certainly does not disappoint. It may lack some of the off road capabilities of the Range Rover or Land Rover, but its road handling is second to none. Fast and responsive this SUV feels more like a sports car than a SUV. Second hand value for a 2006 model is around £10.000 with turbo models from 2010 and onwards often reaching £60.000 and more.

Mercedes ML63 AMG 2010

3. Mercedes ML63 AMG 2010

The range-topping model of the Mercedes M class is the ML63 AMG. This SUV really packs a punch. With its 5.5-litre V8 engine and it sporty aerodynamic looks, this model is firmly in the top ten sports luxury SUVs available on the market today. If you are looking to use one of these as collateral or sell on the second hand market, a 2010 model would be worth something the region of £40.000.

BMW X5

4. BMW X5

The BMW X5 is one of the classic modern SUVs. It’s very spacious and has a number of engine options to suit everyone’s requirements. It has the seating capacity for carrying five people very comfortably and has a large spacious boot. The 3-litre in-line six cylinder is the popular choice and will get you from 0-60mph in just over seven seconds, not bad for a veteran of the SUV world. A 2010 model would be worth £30.000 and upwards.

VW Touareg

5. VW Touareg

The VW Touareg has everything you would expect from a leading car manufacturer like Volkswagen. This is one of the most fuel efficient of performance SUVs on the market, promising nearly 40mpg. It also comes with manmade leather interiors, climate control and DAB radio on all of the standard models. All models are equipped with an 8-gear Tiptronic automatic gearbox and have the towing capacity of 3.500kg. All in all, a great SUV for most families and off road weekend warriors. A 2010 V6 TDI model would be worth somewhere in the region of about £15.000.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

6. Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is another favourite SUV classic for many people. With its sporty lines and V8 engine, it’s very easy to see why. The newest version is the 2012 and it offers everything you would expect and more from this tried and tested 4×4 design. Plenty of room and perfect for some serious off road adventures. The 2010 should fetch around £15.000.

A Sports SUV is one of the most versatile and fun vehicles you could ever hope to own, and with their great used value, also one of the best to sell.

Road Safety Tips for a Safe Campervan Holiday

Campervan holidays with your family can be a lot of fun, especially when you head out from a coastal city into the heartland of the country, taking on tiny towns and villages along the way in a bid to try to get to know your country that little bit better.

With all that said, road safety is incredibly important when driving a campervan, especially if it’s your first time. For this reason, whether you require campervan hire Perth wide or you plan on taking your own, make sure you take a note of the following road safety tips during your holiday so to ensure both you, and your campervan, make it back in one piece:

Plan Your Journey, Allocating Extra Time

Though planning your journey should be a core part of your trip preparation whether you’re driving a campervan or not, doing so is especially important when you’re behind the wheel of a much larger vehicle, as your journey is likely to take you longer in a campervan due to changes in speed limits (see below) and routes that may or not be available.

For this reason, always allocate extra time to the amount you believe you’ll need each day to make your journey. Before you leave it’s a good idea to only plan a few days ahead, as you’ll quickly discover through experience how quickly you can move on the roads in your camper, and therefore how much driving you, on average, can do each day.

Take Regular Breaks

When driving long distances such as those you’ll be driving in the outback during your campervan holiday, it’s so incredibly important you take regular breaks that this point alone could have a seven hundred word article written about it.

There are many ways in which to incorporate these break into your holiday so to stay safe while still creating an enjoyable experience for the whole family. One way in particular, is to take a break whenever you come across some particularly good scenery. Maybe even stop for a picnic. And of course, do your best to try to avoid late night or early morning drives if you can help it, as these will take much more out of you than an afternoon drive ever could.

Keep Your Distance

When driving a campervan, regardless of how long you’ve been driving one, you must ensure you keep your distance from the vehicle in front at all times.

Unlike cars, the weight of which don’t dramatically change depending on how much you put in them, you’ll have difficulty knowing the weight of the campervan you’ve hired when both your family and your luggage are all safely in the back, therefore keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front at all times is your only real way of knowing you’ll be able to stop safely if you suddenly have to break for whatever reason. Hiring a campervan for your trip can help eliminate any car troubles you would normally expect to have on this sort of holiday. That said, you must treat the vehicle with respect at all times to ensure it continues to keep both you and your family safe.

Always Adhere to the Speed Limit

The speed limits are there for a reason, and depending on the road in which you’re travelling there’s a chance you may have to adhere to a lower speed limit in your campervan than you would normally have to in a car. Looking into these ahead of time will not only keep you safe, it’ll stop you from receiving an expensive ticket which could all but ruin a wonderful holiday.

If you hire a campervan specifically for your trip, ask the people you hire from about particular speed limits with regard to the different outback roads you’ll be travelling on, as nobody will know these rules and regulations better than them.

In conclusion, campervan holidays with your family can be a lot of fun, but road safety is incredibly important when driving a campervan, especially if it’s your first time. To ensure a safe trip, be sure to plan your journey ahead of time, take regular breaks, keep your distance, and always adhere to the speed limit.

Tips for Minor Maintenance of Your Motorhome

If you’ve purchased a new campervan, taking good care of it should be your top priority. After all, you’ve spent a small fortune on it so you’ll want to ensure that everything is maintained in the right manner. While you’ll have to leave the major service checks to the professionals, there are a number of minor examinations and procedures that you can follow to lengthen the lifespan of your vehicle.

Preparations Prior to a Trip

If you’re planning an Aussie holiday in the future, you’ll have to make sure that your motorhome is ready for the long trip ahead. This can be done by undergoing a number of different checks aimed at preparing your motorhome for the road. While there are plenty of factors you can examine, some of the most important are listed below. These can be done on your own with a little help from the owner’s manual.

  • Disconnect the mains and all gas appliances
  • Stow away all awnings, bike racks, steps, etc.
  • Put all loose items away in drawers and cupboards
  • Lock all cabinets, securing any heavy items within
  • Empty out the waste water tank
  • Lower the TV antenna or satellite dish
  • Place all seats into their front-facing positions

 

By making sure everything is in the right place, you won’t experience any accidents or damages during your Australian adventure. Take an hour or two before you set off to conduct these pre-holiday vehicular checks.

Regular Motorhome Examinations

There are also some signs that you should watch out for on a regular basis. Whether you’ve stored your vehicle away for the winter or you’re driving around the country, being aware of the interior and exterior conditions is vitally important to the lifespan of your vehicle. Those renting a motorhome for a short holiday, e.g. using an agency for campervan hire in Hobart, won’t have to do these checks as this is the responsibility of the rental firm. If you own your vehicle though, here are some of the most important considerations to make when maintaining its excellent condition.

  • Do a spring-clean every month or so, removing dirt, dust and grime from the interior and exterior surfaces. This will remove anything that could cause rust, stains or deterioration.
  • Look at the windows and doors for leaks. Examine the rubber seals and make sure that they remain waterproof and airtight. If you see any leaks, repair them as soon as possible.
  • Flush out all water tanks on a regular basis. This also applies to the waste water tank. While empty, use an appropriate cleanser and steriliser to remove any germs, mould and grime from these areas.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of excess moisture. Watermarks, mildew and musty smells can all indicate a leak and possible damage. Get this checked out by a professional as soon as possible.
  • Check all electrical appliances to see if they still work as intended. Do the same to your gas fixtures. Here, make sure to check for any dead insects as these can affect the functionality of these devices.
  • Regularly read your tyre pressure. This is especially true if you’ve left your motorhome stationery for a long time. Also look for signs of bulging, excessive tread wear, and embedded objects.
  • Examine the oil and coolant levels and replace if necessary. Never just top up the oil either. Instead, empty out the sludge first and replace it with completely new oil for optimal performance.

 

This is all that it takes to maintain your motorhome’s interior and exterior conditions for much longer. With just a little diligence, you can get the most out of your vehicle whenever you take it out on the road.

Author Bio:
Eve Cousin is a writer for Apollo Motorhome Holidays, an Australian company specialising in campervan hire in Hobart, Sydney, Tasmania, and other locales.