Car & Maintenance Checklist

The list can be modified to suit your own needs.

Servicing your caravan or RV is an integral part of maintaining it, however the following are also important when it is not in use.


  • When the caravan is not in use it should be stored preferably undercover but if not undercover then a suitable amount of air should be allowed to circulate inside the caravan to avoid dampness and mildew from starting inside the vehicle.
  • When washing, use warm soapy water.
  • Clean dust tracks and frames regularly to ensure smooth opening and closing.
  • If not under cover, to reduce sun and weather damage, purchase a specialised caravan cover.
  • In the case of the vinyl on pop - tops or the canvas on campervans and tent trailers these should be occasionally aired to maintain these items in perfect condition.
  • In the case of campervans and tent trailers where they are packed up in a wet condition they should be thoroughly dried out at home before storing them away permanently.


  • Check cupboards for movement which may indicate chassis problems. This can be identified by black rubbing marks near ceiling, walls and floor.
  • Cupboard locks should be lubricated to avoid jamming which may strain and break lock.
  • Check light covers for cracks and operational.
  • Ensure all interior lights are switched off.
  • Ensure fridge, stove and microwave are firmly fixed.
  • The refrigerator door should be left ajar so that air can circulate in the refrigerator.
  • Check mattresses regularly for signs of moisture retention.
  • Water marks or dis-colouration of ply lining around hatch windows, ceiling, floor or wall corners. This indicates water which may rot framing or lining unless rectified.
  • Check gas lines, appliances, connections and fittings and it is recommended that they are regularly checked by a professional.

Windows & Doors

  • Check window for cracks.
  • Check condition of rubber seals both interior and exterior. Make sure they can be opened and closed easily.
  • Check condition of fly screens and ensure they are attached.
  • Hatch mechanisms should be lubricated and free of rust or corrosion.
  • Lubricate door lock and hinges.
  • Ensure door lock and plate works effectively.
  • Ensure step is secure, operational and rust free.

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes

  • Check tyres for signs of wear and or wheel alignment issues.
  • Inspect rims for dents, cracks and other damage.
  • Remove, clean, inspect and repack wheel bearings.
  • Check tyre pressure levels.
  • Tighten wheel nuts to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Check condition of brake shoes and drums.
  • Hydraulic lines should be checked for signs of leaking.
  • Inspect conditions of brakes, including handbrake.
  • Where a caravan is left for a long period of time it should be jacked up so that the weight is not permanently on the tyres. Tyres can maintain a flat spot if they are left with full weight of the caravan and particularly if the tyres lose some air this would tend to make the tyres unbalanced and unsatisfactory for future use.


  • Check body, chassis and roof for any cracks, water leaks or general damage.
  • Check coupling and inspect bolts.
  • Inspect springs for cracking/damage.
  • Grease all suspension and coupling points and check suspension mounts.
  • Check and grease jockey wheel and jacks and ensure operational.
  • Check safety chain for cracks and rust and is long enough to reach the tow bar.
  • Test all exterior lighting and check condition of seals.
  • Check Gas bottle mounts, conditions of hoses and fittings. Possible leaks should be check by a specialist.
  • Check water tanks conditions including wear, leaks, mildew, clamp tension, cracking and rust.
  • Clean awnings with an awning cleaner and for canvas shades a water proofer.
  • Ensure awnings are operational including hinges and mechanics.
  • All corner stabilisers should be oiled or greased regularly to ensure they operate smoothly.
  • The gas cylinders should be turned off.
  • The electrical lead should be disconnected.

The staff at CCIA &MHIA have used their best endeavours to ensure that all the information provided is correct at the time of release andthat the information has been obtained from reliable sources. We are not responsible for any errors or omissions, or any outcomes as aresult of ause of this information. The information is provided for general guidance on industry issues only and should not be used as asubstitute for legal or other professional advice.