Servicing your caravan or motorhome

Regular servicing of your caravan or motorhome will pay off in the long run with greater reliability and improved resale value. But there are safety and legal issues too. Every vehicle or trailer is required by law to be in such a condition as not to cause danger to anyone. 

Annual gas safety checks are not mandatory in the UK, however they are increasingly becoming a requirement of many park operators. Most parks now require that privately owned static caravans have an annual gas safety check. and a certificate will be issued providing the gas pipework and appliances are considered to be in safe working order.

In addition it is always important to ensure gas equipment and appliances are regularly serviced for peace of mind. s.bell boilercare recommends that you have your gas appliances serviced annually.

If you are a landlord and letting a caravan equipped with gas appliances you need to understand and comply with the law relating to gas safety. This law states that if you let a property, you must make sure all gas appliances you provide are properly maintained and a gas safety check is carried out every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You must give your tenants a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of it being carried out or before they move in.

Our number one enquiry on this topic regards park operators insisting that a gas safety check is undertaken annually. Even if your contract doesn’t mention the requirement we advise that you arrange for a check to be completed by a competent person. If your park operator is only allowing the work to be undertaken by their preferred engineer, give us a call as we consider this to be an unfair, restrictive practice.

Static Caravan Safety - Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. You can't see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning. Accidents which have occurred as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning or asphyxiation are caused by a combination of circumstances, usually involving two or more of the following factors:

  • Inadequate ventilation (permanent air inlets)
  • Unsatisfactory flueing
  • Poor appliance performance
  • User interference
  • Lack of servicing and routine maintenance
  • Incorrect use and failure to follow user instructions

For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning visit www.co-awareness.org and www.gassaferegister.co.uk