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Billywizz

Billywizz

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morning all,

Has anyone got a maintenance schedule they use to prevent issues like blocked drainage in the slide windows and roof?
Can you give advice on other common things to check regularly and what techniques you use?

Thanks in advance.
 
johntowers46

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Expansion tank water
oil dipstick
tyre pressures
windscreen washer
all lamps outside and inside
air con working, run regularly
fridge working
heater working

There you go to start with
 
Billywizz

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Thanks for reply, sorry I must sound a complete numpty, I should of quoted not the normal checks of oils water and fluid levels.
 
Meoncoast

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I tend to put on Hook up monthly and run the fridge while on hook up. I also run the heater as well. ( I note you have a beach so no fridge)
 
Eber123

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Good afternoon,

I must admit that checks depend a little bit on the weather. I wait for a weekend with have way good weather (no or little wind):

  • Recharge batteries - once month
  • Cleaning outside - when needed and the weather conditions are OK
  • Cleaning inside - one a week
  • Wiper cleaning fluids - once a week
  • Heater - only when it is cold
  • Fridge - no regular checks (I might change this)
  • Oil - no regular checks (I get the oil changed every year, beside this I trust that the new engine will have no problems with extensive oil use)
  • Tyre pressure - no regular checks (I did this on the Tiguan, but I don't know why I don't do this regularly on the van)
  • Roof - every 2 month (but this depends if the weather is suitable at the weekend)
  • Water tank cleaning - I have not done this at all (I will look into this in April ((may be Easter))
  • Gas system - only use it when out and about for picnic (not that often)
  • Awning - during the winter once a month (again this depends on the weather)
Regards,
Eberhard
 
WelshGas

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Good afternoon,

I must admit that checks depend a little bit on the weather. I wait for a weekend with have way good weather (no or little wind):

  • Recharge batteries - once month
  • Cleaning outside - when needed and the weather conditions are OK
  • Cleaning inside - one a week
  • Wiper cleaning fluids - once a week
  • Heater - only when it is cold
  • Fridge - no regular checks (I might change this)
  • Oil - no regular checks (I get the oil changed every year, beside this I trust that the new engine will have no problems with extensive oil use)
  • Tyre pressure - no regular checks (I did this on the Tiguan, but I don't know why I don't do this regularly on the van)
  • Roof - every 2 month (but this depends if the weather is suitable at the weekend)
  • Water tank cleaning - I have not done this at all (I will look into this in April ((may be Easter))
  • Gas system - only use it when out and about for picnic (not that often)
  • Awning - during the winter once a month (again this depends on the weather)
Regards,
Eberhard
It is recommended, by Eberspacher, that the Heater is fired up for a hour or so monthly throughout the year, including summer months.
 
Grumpy Mike

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I would also remove each wheel and put some copper slip on the joint. I did it before my last Spain trip after reading something on here.... Glad I did.... they were almost welded on. Had to resort to Tyre and exhaust centre for one. Would not like that scenario when out on the open road...

Can swap the wheels around and clean/wax whilst doing this...
 
MrP

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I would also remove each wheel and put some copper slip on the joint. I did it before my last Spain trip after reading something on here.... Glad I did.... they were almost welded on. Had to resort to Tyre and exhaust centre for one. Would not like that scenario when out on the open road...

Can swap the wheels around and clean/wax whilst doing this...
Agree completely, had a right disaster on a campsite in France trying to get a wheel off. Took two guys with breaker bars in a workshop to get it off.

ALSO, once a year unwind and wind back up the spare hangar bolts as they can seize too!
 
Elmo the Ocean

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Most of mine covered above, plus...
Grease the spare hanger bolts and sparesafe bolt.
Silicon spray on roof mechanism / sliders.
Silicon spray on awning legs, door hinges, sliding door rails, boot struts, bike rack locks and arms and pretty much every moving part to keep things nice and smooth!
 
Billywizz

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Thanks for all your reply’s, some good points to note :thumb
 

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