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Your camper trailer is a bit like your family car...
Except your family car probably isn't doubling as a tent and bashing down off-road tracks!
So, if your car requires regular maintenance, it's fair to say that your camper trailer needs some attention too!
At Camping Adventures, we sell Lifestyle Campers and Patriot Camper Trailers, and we also offer services and repairs for all types of camper trailers, caravans, and RVs. It's fair to say that we know a thing or two about taking care of camper trailers.
With that in mind, here are some key maintenance tips that will help you get the most from your camper trailer.
The majority of camper trailers have some mesh sections, and taking care of these areas is important.
The "tent" portions of your travel trailer can get in all sorts of trouble, from rips and tears to mould damage. Here are some tips for protecting your canvas:
There's nothing more terrifying than a reddish-brown all over the steel parts of your camper trailer. This is a sign that your camper is beginning to rust.
Your camper trailer spends a lot of time exposed to the elements, so a bit of rust is early inevitable. Drawbars, poles, and the chassis are all areas where you might find rust, as well as the kitchen area of your camper.
When you spot signs of rust and corrosion, you can take a few steps to stop it from spreading.
Camper trailer wheel bearings are one of those things that you should check before every trip.
Simply jack up your camper trailer and rotate your wheels one at a time. If the rotation is smooth and not excessively noisy, your wheel bearings are probably in good condition. It's also a good idea to ensure your wheels aren't loose when you move them from side to side or top to bottom.
If you're having issues, you can remove the wheel bearing cap and grease the wheel bearing. Alternatively, you can ask an expert to remove, adjust, grease, and repack your wheel bearing.
Speaking of grease, it's a good idea to grease and lubricate various areas of your travel trailer regularly.
Grease not only keeps your moving parts moving but also creates a barrier that protects against rust, water intrusion, and anything else that could get into your camper.
As well as wheel bearings, it's a good idea to grease couplings, wheels, axles, axle springs, winches, suspension components, and all your grease nipples.Any parts that are responsible for locking, latching, sliding, rotating or movement will also generally benefit from either greasing or spray-on lubrication.
That's enough about grease. Let's talk about something a lot cleaner. Water, or more specifically, your water tank.
The last thing you want is polluted water. Here are a few ways to keep your camper's fresh water tanks clean.
Just like the gas bottle on your BBQ at home, it's important to check gas connections, components and fittings for leaks before use. This is especially important if it's been a while since you've used the gas in your camper.
You can identify gas leaks by spraying or lightly pouring soapy water over gas connections. If soap bubbles form on your gas hoses and gas fittings, have your camper looked at by a qualified professional ASAP.
A bit of simple maintenance can help keep all your electrical components in good working order. Pick up a contact cleaner for electrical parts and give your auxiliary plugs, Anderson plugs, and tail lights a once over.
Battery terminals can take a bashing in unsealed and off-road environments, so it pays to ensure they're in good working order after a particularly bumpy ride.
A battery that's cracked, swollen, or otherwise damaged should also be replaced before you use it again. If your battery looks OK but seems to be letting you down, pull out a multimeter and give it a test. Compare the reading you get to the battery's label. If it's very low or zero, your camper trailer battery probably needs replacing.
To take care of seals, grab an old dishcloth and use it to wipe down all rubber areas before you throw it away. This will ensure your seals are clean and aren't affected by dirt and debris.
You should also adjust your latches, ensuring there is a small gap between the over-latches and the door. This ensures your doors aren't rubbing on your latches.
Generally speaking, latches should be tight enough to provide a good seal but not so tight that the latches become fatigued.
Camping Adventures offers maintenance services and repairs for Lifestyle Camper Trailers and Patriot Campers, as well as the Complete Campsite range.
At 1000km, you get a FREE safety inspection when you buy a new Camper Trailer from us.
At 10,000km or every year, we recommend a major service (Annual maintenance is also important for trailers under warranty!)
We can also complete a minor service before or after your trip if necessary.
Here are just some things Camping Adventures can look at in your next service:
Exact service inclusions will depend on the type of maintenance you're booked in for and your general service and repair requirements.
The combination of on-the-road care and a proper maintenance schedule will greatly extend the life of your trailer.
We are the Authorised Dealers and Service & Warranty Agents for Lifestyle Campers and Patriot Campers. Additionally, we offer complete servicing and installations for any type of caravan, camper trailer or other RV! So, whether you need services for Lifestyle Camper Trailers in Melbourne or Patriot Camper Trailers in Hobart, we can help you!
Book a service today or visit our showroom to discover the best range of off-road camper trailers in Australia!