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Caravan Services & Repairs in Kent - Habitation service

What we do:

A habitation service is based on a full service without the running gear.

It covers the main living area in the vehicle and is ideal for caravans permanently based on a pitch, motor-homes and horse boxes.

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What is a habitation service?

also known as a motorhome habitation check

A basic service can cover about 50 individual jobs, generally divided into the following areas.

Our Prices

Single axle service £210
Twin axle service £230
Habitation service £160
Single chassis service £130
Twin chassis service £150
Alde fluid change £165
Damp check £50
Pre purchase check £85
Gas safety check £65
Emergency call outs £60
Hourly rate £40

Electrical systems

  • 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 systems
    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 systems

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • A damp check is carried out around the inside of the motorhome – a reading of 0-15% means there no concerns, but 15-20% requires further investigation and a recheck within three months.
  • If the reading is above 20%, immediate attention is required because this highlights an area of water ingress.
  • The motorhome service technician should give you a damp report on completion of the service.


  • All of the motorhome’s rooflights are opened and closed to ensure that they operate properly.
  • In addition, all fixed vents are checked for possible obstructions.

Fire and safety

  • The smoke alarm and CO detector are tested, and checked to see they are not past their replacement date.
  • If you carry a fire extinguisher, the expiry date is checked. If you carry a fire blanket, the housing unit is inspected to ensure that it is secure.

What’s not included?

  • Before you book in for your motorhome habitation check, it’s very important to establish what won’t be included in a basic service, because some workshops or mobile technicians may not include any damp testing.
  • The following checks are not included in a basic service, so would require additional payment:
    - In-depth servicing for individual appliances, such as the fridge;
    - A solar panel service;
    - An air-conditioning service.

In summary
With all of the appliances found in motorhomes today, it is more important than ever to get a regular habitation service, to ensure everything is in good working order and that your ’van is safe on the road, as well as habitable.

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