Published on : 16 May 20203 min reading time

Leaving for the holidays requires preparation in order to fully enjoy the stay. In addition to the subjective preparations of the campers, a few checks are also to be planned on the coach before taking to the road and this check is generally done according to the state of the vehicle. This is done in order to avoid different types of mechanical breakdowns. A non-exhaustive list of checks can be drawn up before departure. However, other people choose to entrust the preparation to motorhome rental companies. In general, these rental agencies provide their customers with a motorhome that is ready for use and already equipped.  In both cases, a cross-check is always convenient to anticipate the journey as well as the stay.

TECHNICAL CHECKS

The question of the technical inspection is essential before taking to the road. As with other types of vehicles, motorhomes must be checked for general mechanical defects. This is usually the case for checking the condition of the engine in general. It is also important to check the braking devices to avoid fatal accidents on expressways. The motorhome is also required to stop when camping. For example, the parking brake must be fully functional to allow the vehicle to settle properly. In addition to the mechanical checks, the lighting must also be checked, such as headlights, turn signals and clearance lights. All these checks are part of the motor home precautions.

EQUIPMENT CHECKS

Going away in a camper van means adventure. Therefore, it is always advisable to have a tune-up before setting out on the road. Above all, water is very important to be able to camp properly. For this reason, the water tank should be filled to avoid possible shortages on the camp site. But before the water supply, it is important to disinfect the circuit to take advantage of the drinking water. In addition, it is always advisable to carry a first aid kit to prevent injuries and other health incidents. Food must also be stored properly. Thus, in addition to the fridge fitted to the vehicle, the use of a food cooler is also recommended. Finally, cleaning and hygiene equipment should be included in the priority equipment package.

CHECKING ADMINISTRATIVE DOCUMENTS

As with passenger vehicles, the administrative documents of the camper must be regularised before taking to the road. To do this, it is important to bring the vehicle papers and the insurance document. The driver must also be in possession of a driving licence and possibly a passport. When travelling internationally, it is also important to find out about the traffic regulations in force in the territory to be visited. It is also advisable to have an internationally valid means of payment, as well as a map of the destination or a GPS. The completion of these steps will facilitate the entire stay from departure to return to the point of departure.