MOTORHOME DR: Top Tips for when your Motorhome is Not in Use
Over the course of the Motorhome Doctor’s tenure, he has seen it all when it comes to motorhomes and vans! Naturally, he’s armed with a plethora of hot tips and fun facts that can help you get the most from your motorhome, and he’s shared a few of those pearls of wisdom with us here today. We can’t always be out on the road, and for those downtimes where our vans are stored and out of action for prolonged periods of time, these are a few things we should all consider.
BUGS AND OTHER NASTIES
As enforced hibernation comes to a close for our travelling population and their travelling accommodation, I think some people may find some unwanted squatters have taken up residence in their van or motorhome when they’re unlocked for the first, having been stored away for the past few months.
At The Motorhome Doctor we’ve had to contend with the aftermath of this a few times in the past and while uninvited guests of the insect variety can make quite a mess, they tend not to do great deal of damage. If desperation sets in while trying to evict them, then an insect bomb will certainly do the job; but be sure to leave all the doors and windows open, cover all the upholstery and benchtops and don’t set it off in a covered parking area or the fire brigade will turn up and condemn the building.
The furry kind of gate crashers, on the other hand, can be more destructive and more difficult to evict. At this point though I’d offer a word of caution. Avoid setting baits in your van or motorhome to poison rodents. We have also had to deal with the aftermath of this in the past and while a live rat or mouse stuck somewhere inside the walls or under the cupboards is a nuisance, believe me you don’t want a dead one in there! Your travelling enjoyment will be severely impaired for a long, long time until the insides are dismantled, and the carcass removed.
I’d suggest leaving a trail of breadcrumbs (or whatever else takes your fancy), that lead a long way away from the vehicle. Then setting one or two enticing traps at the end of the trail. With a bit of luck, it will turn out to be the end of the trail for your unwanted guests.
We get asked from time to time about tyres: What’s a good one? What will last better than what I’ve got now? And what will work best? They’re all perplexing questions to answer as individual requirements vary infinitely and it’s almost impossible to find one tyre to suit all requirements. I would though, like to relate an experience I had recently which may provide food for thought as you begin to plan your next adventure.
My ‘daily drive’ vehicle went in for it’s second routine service recently and with no additional mechanical issues of note I just mentioned to the service advisor that the wheel alignment was still not as it should be. The vehicle had been given a wheel alignment at the time of its first service, 15,000kms ago as it’s behaviour before that was noticeably off and although much of its errant tendencies had been overcome by this alignment adjustment it still had an occasional desire to visit every third or fourth letterbox along the way. Nothing drastic or disconcerting. Just enough deviation to require the slightest of steering input from time to time to maintain a straight course.
Upon collecting the vehicle after the second service was completed, the service advisor was delighted to tell me they’d found the slightest of errors in the alignment angles of the front wheels and had dutifully corrected it. All this would have raised very few eyebrows were it not for the fact that I’d recently started paying attention to the average fuel consumption figures before the second service fell due; so I was aware that it seemed happy returning a consistent value of 9 litres per 100 km for weeks on end, with almost no fluctuation.
BUT, after driving away from the service centre I was happy to note that no corrections were now required for the vehicle to hold a steady course, on a level straight road. Very nice. I then also noticed the average consumption figure. After only a short distance travelled it had moved to 8.9 l/100. Over the following two days, that figure continued to adjust until, before the week was out it settled at 8.3 litres per 100km. It has stayed there ever since.
So, if just a slight misalignment in the front wheels can have this effect on the potential longevity of the fuel left in the fuel tank, just imagine what effect it could have on the life left in the tyres.
See other tips from Jeff HERE.
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