Owners are required to have a roadworthy vehicle at all times so make sure your van has been fully serviced prior to your first hire of the season. Depending on how popular your van is, you may need to get it serviced more than once each season. Ideally, vans should be serviced every 5,000 miles or at the 50,000 miles mark. This will reduce the chances of breakdowns and accidents.
If you are renting out your van (for drive or static hire), you must provide us with your Gas Safety Record showing annual tests have been completed. It is imperative that this is kept up to date in accordance with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations. In the event of a fault or problem, if the gas system is faulty and has not been checked or maintained, you will be found negligent and held liable for any damage or incident. You can find more information and a list of gas safety registered engineers here.
Check the due date on your next MOT and book it in. All vans must have an up-to-date MOT. All advisories on the MOT must be addressed and resolved prior to any rental. Failing to action them will void your insurance through Camplify and owners will be responsible for the claim.
We strongly encourage you to have an up-to-date habitation check for your van. This is a detailed examination of your van and usually covers dangers such as fire risk, ventilation and gas systems as well as problem areas like damp, water systems, electrical systems and bodywork.
Your local caravan or motorhome dealer service centre may be able to carry out this work for you or you could search for a registered mobile servicer to carry out the test at your location.
We have also put together some additional resources to support you in understanding what service and safety checks should be done. Please take some time to read them.
Van Maintenance / Habitation Check
See also our guidance on reducing damages here.
Attached is a Van Servicing Checklist which you may also find a useful tool to help check the van’s ongoing roadworthiness. These checks should be done as part of your overall maintenance programme.
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