Motorhomes And Testing
Motorhomes, or recreational homes, are basically ‘homes on wheels’, and just like your average homes, you would want to ensure that they are up to standards of living before using them. This is why as part of their warranties or insurances, almost all recreational vehicles come with a specific condition – the habitation certificate. Sometimes, this certificate is legally required (it differs from country to country), but whether it is mandatory or not, you can undoubtedly feel safer riding and travelling in a vehicle that has been declared safe for use. Basically, that is what the habitation certificate is about – you get a full check-up by professionals to ensure that there is nothing wrong with your specific vehicle.
If you are wondering what exactly is included in an average habitation certificate, then read on below to find out its basic inclusions:
- The gas systems – one of the main aspects of the motorhome that you need to frequently check up on is no doubt the gas piping and storage. The basic gas compliance certificate mainly looks at the conditions of the hardware and inspects it for any potential leaks that could cause fires. Also included in the check-up is the status of the gas appliances used within the recreational vehicle, which might need to be replaced depending on their age and functionality.
- The electric systems – besides the gas certificate, the other most important certificate you will need (in terms of potentially fatal accidents that could happen otherwise), is the electrical certificate no doubt. The electrical systems are inspected for any malfunctions or abnormalities. What this usually includes is the checking of all electrical sockets for any issues, and the wiring for any fraying and improper functioning. The charging of the circuit and the state of the battery are also checked, as are the light fittings of the RV.
- The water systems – the water systems are inspected for any potential leaks, as well as the proper functioning of the shower, sinks and toilet compartments. The storage of fresh water and wastewater, as well as their disposal is also checked here.
- Ventilation and fire safety – the tests for ventilation include checking the roof, windows and other outlets to ensure that the air within the RV does not get too warm or cold depending on the seasons; the fire safety check-ups include tests to ensure the fireproofing, alarms (smoke and carbon dioxide) and the presence of extinguishers, buckets, etc.
- Basic check-ups – finally, besides the above specific tests, there is also a final overall check-up of the recreational vehicle that addresses its overall issues, such as the state of the frame and bodywork, the engine, etc. For more information, please click here.