A few of our most frequently asked questions are answered below, please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything else, we can help you with.
Your leisure vehicle needs to be regularly serviced to ensure roadworthiness and the habitation areas need regular inspections to make sure there has been no deterioration. If your leisure vehicle is under warranty, it will require servicing within a stipulated time for that warranty to continue.
Leisure vehicles should be serviced on an annual basis – even if a tourer or motorhome is used only a couple of times a year. (Lack of use can cause its own problems)
If you intend to tour a great deal, especially in areas where the roads are not well surfaced, then it is worth considering more than one service per year. Poor roads can adversely affect tyres, suspension, bodywork and fittings etc.
A motorhome habitation service will usually take around three hours. A single axle tourer service will take around four hours and a little longer for a twin axle tourer.
All Approved Workshops work to a specific check sheet for both motorhomes and tourers, a copy of these can be downloaded below.
Click here to download a copy of an AWS tourer annual service check sheet
Click here to download a copy of an AWS motorhome annual habitation service check sheet (please note, a motorhome service only covers the habitation unit)
Gas appliances will be safety checked but not serviced as part of the basic service; you can ask for this to be carried out (at an extra cost). Please note some appliance manufacturers will not continue any warranty into the second or third year unless the appliance has been serviced annually – check with your appliance manufacturer.
While a workshop would be expected to perform a basic function and safety check (to highlight fundamental safety issues), motor movers and other optional items are not a standard element of the AWS specification caravan service. The same would be true of other optional fitments (e.g. air conditioning units). Checking/servicing/maintenance of such items may be included as an additional, chargeable service option – ask your workshop.
The Approved Workshop scheme recommends that you should have your tourer tyres changed every seven years. This is in line with the British Tyre Manufacturers Association (BTMA) guidelines.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real danger – in the home and in a leisure vehicle. So owners should have their motorhome or tourer’s gas appliances serviced annually by a competent gas engineer and should consider using an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
Some AWS members offer a Pre-owned Pre-Purchase Inspection please click here for more information.
The Scheme only covers the habitation part of a motorhome due to the specialist knowledge and skills required to work on modern day motor vehicles.
The AWS scheme is supported by all major UK manufacturers plus several continentals. For a full list of the scheme supporting manufacturers please click here – (external Link)