10 pre-holiday checks for leisure vehicle owners


With the holiday season just around the corner, Battery Centre Marketing Director, Andrew Webb, has compiled a checklist for boat, caravan and 4×4 owners to ensure that they have a great, safe and fully charged break.

1) Get listed
Make a list of everything you need to take with and review it a couple of weeks before you leave. This way you won’t have to think of everything at the last minute.

2) Check your cover
Make sure your insurance premiums are paid for the entire period of your trip. Many have learnt this the hard way, finding their home empty of possessions on return and realising they missed a payment while away. It’s also advisable to keep the policy numbers and contact details on hand.

3) Fun on the run
Get a selection of CDs and DVDs ready. Make sure your vehicle battery is equipped to withstand the power requirements of your sound system. “A battery designed for deep-cycle applications, such as a Raylite Ultimate, will ensure you are not faced with battery failure,” explains Webb.

4) Safety first
Ensure you have a first aid kit and an up-to-date fire extinguisher.

5) Hidden house sitter
If you don’t have a house sitter, buy a timer to switch the television and lights on at night. These can be purchased from most hardware stores. Thieves target houses that remain dark at night, so the timer is well worth the investment.

6) Eliminate the weakest link
Check windows and external doors for vulnerable points. It’s worth installing an extra deadbolt to be sure. Remember, if you can get into your house when you lock your keys inside, thieves will identify the same point of entry.

7) Test tyres
Tyres are usually more expensive in remote areas. Have yours checked to ensure they are in excellent condition and will last for the journey.

8) Keep a cool head
An air-con service is vital if you’re planning a trip to a hot region. There’s nothing worse than running out of air-con gas once you’re already in a remote area. Have yours re-gassed before you leave.

9) Towing in training
If you are new to towing a boat trailer or caravan, it’s a good idea to invest in a towing course to prevent mishaps while away. There are many training courses available countrywide, and you can easily find them online.

10) Check your charge
If you are using a car battery to power your boat or caravan, you are risking battery failure. “These vehicles discharge the battery to a greater degree and take a long time to recharge. Normal batteries cannot handle these demands,” explains Webb. “Absorbent Glass Matt (AGM) batteries are designed for start-stop vehicles and are perfect for deep cycle applications in leisure vehicles.”

If you have any questions or concerns about your leisure vehicle battery, visit a Battery Centre before your trip and get a FREE battery check. “These pre-trip checks have saved my family a lot of hassles in the past. The only thing left for you to do is figure out how to entertain the kids,” concludes Webb.

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