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As the warmer months approach, motorhome owners are gearing up to get back on the road.

Whether your clients are seasoned travellers or preparing for their first adventure, it's important to ensure their motorhome is in shape for the journeys ahead.

Getting Your Clients’ RV Ready for the Open Road

Brokers, it's crucial to know about motorhome maintenance. Teaching clients about regular upkeep not only keeps them safe and extends the life of their RV (some can last up to 300,000 miles when well cared for), but it can also lead to better insurance deals. A well-maintained RV shows responsible ownership, which might mean lower premiums and better coverage terms.

In the UK alone, there are over 200,000 motorhomes. To help your motorhome customers get ready for a safe and enjoyable travel season, we've created a pre-summer checklist for you to share.

Exterior check-up

Clients should inspect the outside of their motorhome thoroughly. Look for signs of wear and tear like cracks, dents, or loose parts that may have happened during storage or trips. Pay special attention to the roof, windows, and doors to make sure they're well-sealed against adverse weather. It's important to fix any damage early to avoid bigger problems later on.

Tyre, Brake, and Light inspection

Your client’s motorhome tyres are crucial for safe travels. It's important to inspect them thoroughly—check for tread wear, ensure they're properly inflated, and look for any signs of damage. Replace worn-out tyres and maintain proper inflation for better fuel efficiency and grip on the road. With proper care, motorhome tyres can last about six years, saving you money in the long run.

Don't overlook the brakes and lights. Testing them is essential to ensure they're working well, especially for safe night-time driving.

Testing Electrical Systems

Owners should also check all the lights, outlets, and appliances to make sure everything is working properly. Giving the battery a once-over to ensure it's holding a charge and replace if needed. Electrical problems can spoil your travel issues before hitting the road.

Appliances and Utilities

Testing the water system for leaks or malfunctions is critical for a smooth journey, and ensuring the air conditioning can handle the summer heat ahead. Clean filters and vents to boost efficiency, and double-check the refrigerator, stove, and microwave to ensure they're ready for use.

Cleaning and Organising

It might sound like a simple fix, but a well organised motorhome sets the stage for a stress-free journey. Deep cleaning the interior, declutter spaces, and organise storage areas efficiently. Clean upholstery and carpets to remove dust and allergens. Throw away any expired items and pack essential supplies—first aid kit, tools, spare parts, and emergency provisions—for peace of mind on the road.

Safety Procedures and Emergency Preparedness

Before hitting the road, review emergency procedures with all passengers, with a focus on fire safety and emergency exits. Make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and there’s a fire extinguisher and a well-stocked first aid kit. Be prepared for roadside emergencies by carrying a roadside assistance kit and brushing up on basic troubleshooting skills.

Security Checks

Lastly, think about keeping your motorhome safe when it's parked. Clients should look into possible risks and thefts that could happen during stops or overnight stays. Install security devices like alarms, wheel locks, and cameras to protect your vehicle and belongings. Whenever you can, park in well-lit and secure places.

Educating Brokers for Informed Policy Discussions

At ERS, we understand the important role brokers play. We're dedicated to giving you all the information you need to offer valuable advice to your clients. Highlighting the importance of motorhome upkeep and its effect on insurance helps clients make informed choices and find the right coverage.

Get ready confidently with these expert tips for a safe and enjoyable summer season. Stay tuned for more educational content from ERS to keep you informed and ready for the road ahead. See ERS' Motorhome appetite.

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