Useful tips for taking care of your motor home

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A motor home allows you to get up and go, whenever and wherever you please. There’s no hassle or expense of booking hotels or bunking down in a tent in the pouring rain. You have access to all the basic household items, appliances and amenities you need to enjoy a comfortable holiday.

Discover a world of reliable motor home insurance solutions."

A motor home allows you to get up and go, whenever and wherever you please. There’s no hassle or expense of booking hotels or bunking down in a tent in the pouring rain. You have access to all the basic household items, appliances and amenities you need to enjoy a comfortable holiday.

Towergate provides specialist motor home insurance policies for a range of mobile and motor homes. With over 25 years in the motor home insurance business, Towergate has the knowledge and expertise required to provide reliable motor home insurance tailored to your individual needs. We understand the risks you face on the road and recognise that this prized possession is your home away from home.

In addition to a having a reliable motor home insurance policy in place, it is important to maintain your motor home throughout the year. Whether you use your motor home regularly or infrequently, it is best to keep it in tip top condition at all times. Not only does this ensure that you are able to hit the road at short notice, but also that your vehicle will be ready for the long road when you do.

Towergate suggests some tips to keep your motor home in prime condition:

Your motor home should be serviced annually to ensure a safe and comfortable motoring experience. Carry out a damp check and inspect fridges, electrics, burners, and gas pressure routinely.

Drain the water heater if you suspect frost is on the way and leave the drain unplugged until the next refill. Leaving drain valves open will prevent your water tank from freezing up in winter.

Avoid using the awnings in wet and windy weather. Always ensure they are correctly rigged when in use and safely pegged down when not. Leaving all the interior blinds drawn up will prevent loss of tension.

If your motor home spends the winter in storage, run the engine occasionally or even take it for a brief drive around the block - using the brakes frequently - to ensure everything is still in sound working order. This will also keep the engine running smoothly. Check the engine’s anti-freeze concentration level and lubricate external doors and locks regularly to avoid potential issues.

Never travel with the gas turned on. Turning off the gas at the bottle will ensure appliances are not accidentally left or set alight.

When armed, a motor home alarm can drain your battery in just two weeks. Recharge the engine battery periodically or run the motor frequently to prevent this.

Clean your windshield wiper blades often, to ensure a clear view when driving. Also be sure to replace them as soon as they begin to look worn.

A popular way to secure a motor home is to fit a high quality alarm system with an electronic immobiliser. Some motor home owners also opt to fit a tracking device.

Fitting a regular car alarm to a short or long wheelbase motor home is not recommended. The security requirements for a motor home should include the occupants of the vehicle, their possessions in external luggage compartments and that left inside the cab and living quarters. A wireless alarm system, designed especially for a motor home, is a good solution to this problem.

As with a regular vehicle, do not leave anything in view when you leave the motor home: even an empty sat-nav cradle is a sign to thieves that there may be something worth stealing inside. If you travel with valuables, you may want to consider fitting a safe.

By taking significant steps to increase your caravan's security you may even be able to qualify for lower motor home insurance premiums.

Towergate offers insurance for most types of motor homes regardless of their age, make or mileage. Whether you use your motor home for vacation purposes, commuting or even for business, give us a call on 0844 892 1413 today and discover a world of reliable motor home insurance solutions.

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