Motorhome / Caravan

Habitation Checks & Servicing

We are anA picture containing clipart  Description automatically generatedApproved Service centre.

Here at Armitages we have skilled engineers to carry

out a comprehensive habitation and chassis service

check giving you peace of mind to keep you motoring

throughout the whole year.

Please take advantage of our Winter discount offer

and call to get the special Winter price - this ends April 2020!!




Electrical system:


                 All internal and external lights are assessed to see if there are any faults.


                 Sockets are tested using a loop check, which sends a signal down to verify that it is wired correctly.

                 Included in these checks are fridge operation, the consumer unit, the TV socket, the battery and anything that requires electricity.

                 A residual current device (RCD) check involves making sure the RCD trips within a set time.

                 In addition, the miniature circuit breakers are checked to ensure that they are correct for the appliances in the vehicle.


Gas system:


A manometer is used to check for leaks in the gas supply system.

All gas appliances – such as the oven, the fridge, the heating system and the water heater – are turned on, to check they are working properly.

All vents are checked to ensure they are clear. Then all appliances are turned off at the gas isolator taps.

The flame-failure device should cut in, meaning the test has been passed.

A second test is the CO room test, where all gas appliances are turned on and a flue gas analyser runs for a minimum of 15 minutes with all doors and windows closed.


Water system:


All taps are individually checked for leaks, and the motorhome’s waste-water outlet is observed for blockages.

The toilet is inspected to ensure that the valve seal is well lubricated, and the battery-operated flush is working.

If an Alde wet heating system is installed, the ethylene glycol antifreeze and water must be a 50/50 mix – this is checked using a portable refractometer.

The antifreeze mix in the header tank should be 10mm above ‘Minimum’, not at maximum.

This should be replaced every 2 or 5 years depending on the quality of Glycol.  If you have a good quality Glycol (Alde G13) then it will last for 5 years without replacement, if you are not sure then the recommendation is every 2 years, to give protection (lubrication and prevents rustproofing.)





All doors, windows and blinds are assessed for smooth operation.

General observations are made of the whole bodywork, including a visual inspection of the roof.

A damp check is carried out around the inside of the motorhome – a reading of 0-15% means there no concerns, but 15-20% requires further investigation and a recheck within three months.

If the reading is above 20%, immediate attention is required because these highlight an area of water ingress.

The motorhome service technician should give you a damp report on completion of the service.



All the motorhome’s rooflights are opened and closed to ensure that they operate properly.

In addition, all fixed vents are checked for possible obstructions.



Fire and safety:


The smoke alarm and CO detector are tested, and checked to see they are not past their replacement date.

If you carry a fire extinguisher, the expiry date is checked. If you carry a fire blanket, the housing unit is inspected to ensure that it is secure.

What’s not included:


The following checks are not included in a basic service, so would require additional payment:

In-depth servicing for individual appliances, such as the fridge;

A solar panel service;

An air-conditioning service.


Please click on the links below to see the full check sheets we use.


Caravan Hab Check Blank


Caravan Service Sheet Blank


Motorhome Hab Check Blank


We have been manufacturing and servicing trailers for over 30 years. We have qualified technicians who can competently complete a chassis service on all types of trailers and touring caravans.




Running gear: 


Check and inspect the coupling, damper, wear, damage, breakaway cable, bellow & grease. Ensure the handbrake works, braking on all wheels of the trailer/caravan

Check all brake cables, brake rods, compensator are pulling evenly. Adjust and grease where required.

Full inspection of the drums, brake shoes, expanders, adjusters, bearings (de-grease & re-grease when not sealed for life)

Check all wheels including the spare, tyre expiry dates, tread depth, tyre pressures, damage to side walls & flat spots etc.

Checks wheel bolts / studs and nuts. Re-Torque (please note this will have to be done again 25-50 miles later)


Chassis and bodywork:


Inspect the condition of the chassis, including the drawbar, floor and any corner steadies

Check the axle for wear and alignment.

Suspension – visually check the rubbers or bushes and leaf springs where applicable.


Check all lights, markers, wiring loom, plugs and junction boxes.

Check that the motor mover engages, disengages and inspect rollers where required.

Check ATC where required.




Water tanks underneath the caravan mounted correctly and pipes are not damaged.