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Things to keep in mind when customising a campervan

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If you've ever seen the TV show Pimp My Ride, then you'll be well aware of just how over-the-top a vehicular renovation can be. Campervans are no exception to this, as the tricked-out campervan or tour bus has been a staple of the rock-star lifestyle for decades. However, campervan modifications are a tricky business. While it might not seem too hard to just stuff a bunch of items into the campervan and call it a day, there is actually a lot of thought that needs to go into the positioning and installation of many new parts or devices; the same goes for the repairing — or adding of — new mechanical parts.

For example, if you want to install a new television, there's no point in just placing it on a counter, since it will be unsecured and could fall and become damaged during driving. Instead, wall-mounting it to a bracket will keep it from moving when the vehicle is in motion. Additionally, kitchen items such as stoves and fridges may require energy sources such as gas and electricity, respectively; you need to make sure that your devices that you are looking to repair or update are done by a service team that understands the layout.

Besides the interior devices, there is also the matter of a campervan's roadworthiness. In addition to ensuring that your campervan is roadworthy, there are also some checks that you should regularly make to ensure that your campervan is running optimally and safely. Due to the larger frame and weight of a campervan compared to most passenger vehicles, it is crucial that you regularly check the air pressure and condition of your campervan's tyres — underinflated tyres can put more strain on your tyres as well as reduce your vehicle's fuel efficiency.

If you depend on your campervan to reliably move you from A to B, then ensuring that your campervan is properly serviced and ready to take on the world will give you peace of mind as you cruise across the country. Additionally, a complete service of your campervan (with legitimate documentation) ensures that your insurance agency will process any claims you may have in the immediate future. Because a campervan or motorhome service can be costly (and especially so if it is a write-off), then it is essential that you keep your campervan in a condition that will be acceptable in the event that an insurance claim is required.