Caravan Pre-Purchase Inspection
If you are thinking of buying a second hand touring caravan it is prudent to have the caravan inspected by an Approved Workshop caravan engineer.
Caravans can be expensive to buy and can be even more expensive to repair especially if there is damp in the caravan.
Caravans are prone to damp and can be very expensive to repair if damp has taken hold of the caravan, in my experience if you are looking for a cost-effective inspection when buying a caravan the inspection I would recommend is a damp inspection report.
There so many other areas of a caravan that can be inspected such as gas safety, the electrics, the running gear and the breaks.
Remember I come to you, you don’t have to bring your caravan to me!
Damp Proof Report – I will inspect the whole caravan and report my findings, I will check the floor, all the walls and the ceiling and document the readings. Any damp found will be highlighted and I will provide recommendations to help in your decision whether to buy or not. Note I may not be able to give you a price to repair the damp but I will be able to recommend someone who specialises in damp work.
(This inspection includes the Bronze Inspection)
Test the RCD in the consumer unit/fuse board and record the time it takes to trip, I will record these results for you and comment if there is a problem. Note I won’t just be pressing the test button I will be measuring the response time of the RCD.
Check the polarity of the 240V electrical sockets to ensure the wiring to the sockets is wired correctly.
Check the operation of the gas appliances to ensure they are working, I will also analyse the flue gases and document the results. Analysing the flue gases gives a true indication as to the condition of the burner within the appliance. Note no other caravan engineer seems to carry out these test. I am a gas safe registered engineer and I carry out these tests as standard because I feel they are essential. Turning on a gas appliance to see if it lights doesn’t tell us if it's burning safely, analysing the flue gases do and any high readings would result in a recommendation that the appliance needs further investigation and may need to be serviced or replaced.
Carry out a 15-minute carbon monoxide test, I will switch on all gas appliances within the caravan, close all the doors and windows and analyse the condition of the air via my flue gas analyser and print off the results. This will give you the peace of mind no dangerous gases are leaking from any of the gas appliances. Again there aren’t many caravan engineers that carry out this safety check, but I feel it’s essential.
I will check the Gas regulator and carry out a gas tightness test of the entire installation, I carry out this test to ensure there are no gas leaks within the caravan and also that the regulator is working and is in good condition.
I will check the gas hose from the gas bottle to ensure that it’s not out of date and is fit for purpose.
I will check the operation of the 12V internal lighting to make sure all the lights are working correctly.
I will check all the exterior lights, brake lights and indicators etc
(This inspection includes the Bronze and Silver Inspections)
- Check the Jockey Wheel and ensure it’s securely held in position.
- Check the tow coupling to ensure its working correctly and the pads are in good condition.
- Check the handbrake to ensure the mechanism is working correctly and in good working order.
- Check the breakaway cable to ensure its in good working order.
- Check the 13 pin cable to ensure it’s in good condition.
- Check the battery and also ensure the charger is working and charging the battery.
- Check the corner steadies, make sure that they move up and down freely.
- Check the tyres for their age and condition and record the information.
- Check the wheel bearings for movement or noise.
- Check the breaks, the condition of the pads and the drum to ensure they are in good condition.
- Check the spare tyre to ensure this is in good condition and is fit for purpose.