It’s not necessary to remind about the advantages of caravanning. Independence, mobility - almost no restrictions. Nevertheless, even this form of leisure has its own, very serious disadvantages. Let’s say, for example, the costs associated with it. Even a few days rental of motorhome will consume a large amount of money. Buying of new or used vehicle is even a greater expense - and this is just the beginning of the investment.
How we try to save?
In view of the large service and maintenance expenses that are required to maintain the motorhome in a good condition, many people is looking for savings. The problem is, however, the way in which we try to save. Very often we decide to buy cheap spare parts, from unknown source and of low quality. Equally poor, even negative results will be caused by a delay in making operational repairs or replacements of worn components. Another major sin of motorhomes owners is the negligence. Instead of taking a systematical care of cleanliness and hygiene of the interior, as well as all the systems that need it, they confine only on a superficial cleaning. Of course, buying a high quality chemicals for this purpose equals a big expense - which is better to avoid.
Effects of saving
Virtually any type of exaggerated savings can quickly end in a series of serious defects and the general deterioration of the technical condition of the motorhome. Choosing a cheap motor oil (or transmission oil), against the advice of the manufacturer may even end up in seizing of the power unit (or transmission), or in its quicker consumption. What’s worse, low-quality oil cannot guarantee the required sealing and lubrication of the entire system. Equally irrational is the use of the cheapest components of chassis. Buying the cheapest wishbones, shock absorbers or metal-rubber elements will be good only for a moment. Shoddy parts will give up again after a few thousand kilometers - forcing the owner to another repair. Not to mention the lower safety of driving.
Improper maintenance of air conditioning system ends up very expensively for us. Deficiencies in coolant translate into a decrease in productivity, and worse can cause the seizure of air conditioning compressor – the repair can absorb more than 1,000 PLN (225 EUR). But this is not the end. Saving on the proper service of air conditioning and its maintenance will end up with problems with the cleanliness of the whole system. Lack of the cyclic disinfestation will affect our health.
The issue of gas system and water system maintenance looks similar. In this case, there should be no place for reducing costs and components without the relevant certificates. Good, quality of water and gas pipes guarantees their tightness and strength, which has a huge impact on our safety and condition of the entire motorhome.
This doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t have any chance of saving when using the motorhome. A huge part of maintenance work and even some service treatments can be done by ourselves. We also don’t have to use authorized services, the similar quality can be found in many independent workshops.