3 days to go! It’s getting so exciting now! But before Le Grand Depart of our European Road Trip, let’s run through some last minute vehicle checks and make sure we’re as prepared as we can be for our big adventure!!
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If you’ve just joined us, WELCOME! This is the 21 day Road Trip countdown- whether you’re exploring by Motorhome, RV, car or caravan, this daily countdown contains a list of all the things you need to check and organise in the 3 weeks before you go. Each day there’s a new task for you to focus on, which will break the whole process down into manageable units and ensure you don’t forget anything.
If you want to see the full list of tasks, here’s the main page: Road Trip Travel Checklist- Countdown to Departure.
Last Minute Vehicle checks for a Road Trip
We’ve covered a lot of things to check on your vehicle over the last 3 weeks. Here’s a roundup of all posts relating to vehicle checks so you can find them easily:[irp posts=”6425″ name=”Is your vehicle SAFE? Essential Motorhome checks you need”] [irp posts=”6474″ name=”Driving in Europe Requirements by country”] [irp posts=”6489″ name=”Essential Motorhome Kit for a Road Trip in Europe”] [irp posts=”6469″ name=”Road Trip Paperwork”] [irp posts=”6520″ name=”European First Aid Kit Requirements”] [irp posts=”6547″ name=”20 Road Trip Accessories to enhance your travels!”] [irp posts=”6549″ name=”How to Find LPG in Europe (or Gas Bottles)”] [irp posts=”6661″ name=”Motorhome & Campervan Essential Kit- Packing list”] [irp posts=”6720″ name=”How to Stop Rattles in your Motorhome”]
Weigh yourself on a weighbridge
Wow- haven’t we covered a lot!?!? The biggest things to check are your paperwork and essential items. Also, if you’re not sure, go and weigh yourself on a local weighbridge. These are fairly easy to find (just Google your nearest town or county and ‘weighbridge’. Most places just require a quick phonecall so they know you’re coming- many will ask you to come between certain times. Then you just rock up, roll on, get the weight and off you go! Prices vary widely between a few pounds and £40! Keep the paperwork with you as proof of your weight- especially if you are below 3.5t.
Other vehicle checks to do before your Road Trip
Basic vehicle maintenance:
- Check tyre pressure
- Check fluid in washer fluid reservoir
- Check windscreen wipers
- Check anything fixed to the outside of the motorhome is secure
- Check door locks- much easier to get it fixed now than later!
- Similarly, check as many vehicle systems as possible- heating, air con, fridge, solar panel, water, toilet, batteries… if you find a problem now you still have time to fix it before you travel if you need to.
It’s getting so close now! I hope you’re getting excited!
(If you think I’ve missed anything, please let me know 🙂 )
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Kat never planned to buy a motorhome. She also never planned to quit her job as an air traffic controller, go touring around Europe in said motorhome, start one of the UK’s largest motorhome travel websites… or get a cocker spaniel.
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