How to check your campervan for the perfect road trip

A trip in a campervan provides a kind of holiday that’s difficult – or even impossible – to find elsewhere. Not to mention, it’s one of the best alternatives to flying. But if you’re going to get the most from a trip of this kind, the vehicle you’re driving must be fit for purpose. Whether you are renting or owning a campervan, these are a few things you should do before every road trip.

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Let’s take a look at a few checks you’ll want to perform before setting out. With just a little bit of diligence, you stand a good chance of avoiding a considerable headache later on.

Learn how to use everything

Campervans come with features not available in every vehicle. What’s more, there’s often considerable difference between one model of van and another. As such, it’s worth familiarising yourself with the owner’s manual and exploring all of the features and functions available to you. It’s better to do this in advance than it is to do it when you need to figure something out in a hurry.

Make sure the power is working

Before you set out in the campervan, it’s important to check whether the power is working. Ideally, test it under load, and have a supply of spare fuses and batteries on hand.

Road Trip Campervan Essentials: Check the Toilet

For obvious reasons, your campervan holiday is unlikely to be enjoyable if the toilet stops working. Test it before you leave. You might also familiarise yourself with some basic plumbing, so you can address any problems as they arise.

Important Campervan Checks: Tires

Your tires are what will ensure that your vehicle grips the road and that you get the best possible fuel economy. You should ensure that they are appropriately inflated and that the tread depth is well above the legal minimum. This will ensure that you’re able to perform an emergency stop, too.

Campervan road trips, recommended checks
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Campervan Checks: Lights

If you’re heading out in daylight, you might not notice that your lights aren’t working until much later. Save yourself some trouble by checking them in advance. You should also keep a stock of spare bulbs on board, just in case you need to swap.

Fluid Levels on your Campervan

Like every other type of vehicle, your campervan will rely on a series of fluids. Engine oils, screen wash, and coolant: they should all be topped up before traveling. You might also take spares along for the ride!

Specialized Insurance

Specialized campervan insurance will protect you against the kinds of risks specific to campervan road trips. If you need to make a claim, you’ll be in a much better position if you’ve got this kind of insurance.

Pack light

While it can be tempting to carry around masses of luggage with you, it’s generally better to travel light. Think about dispensing heavier, cumbersome items – especially if you’re going on a short campervan road trip.