Caravan Services & Repairs in Kent - Habitation service
What we do:
A habitation service is based on a full service without the running gear.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
To book your Caravan Services & Repairs in Kent - Habitation service, please call us today on 07522 965397 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org