Motorhome batteries need some extra TLC during the winter months – particularly if your vehicle’s not getting much use.
Although the vehicle is rested, many of the electric systems can still be operating in the background, draining that all essential power from your battery.
In last month’s poll we asked if you’ve ever called your breakdown provider to deal with a flat battery.
Whilst many of you will make that call out to jump start your motorhome – almost as many seem to have your own plans in place. Solar panels were a favourite solution with some of our voters.
Here are the results…
More than half have called a breakdown provider – getting 54 per cent of the votes.
Forty three per cent voted no to calling out help for a flat battery and 3 per cent voted other.
Michael Charlton has invested £14 in a solar panel to keep his electrics ticking over.
Lesley Taylor had the same advice: “As my motor home was in storage I had to go and start it up every month to prevent a flat battery but this did not always solve the problem,” she commented. “In the end I had to invest in a solar panel to keep the batteries topped up. It became an embarrassment when I had to call out the breakdown three times in as many months.”
Lucky Pat Bradley has a helpful mechanic as a neighbour.
“He has a power booster pack sort of thing that we connect up to my motorhome and away we go,” she said. “He has been kind enough to do it twice this winter as it affects the alarm on the van.”
Caravan Guard’s motorhome insurance policies automatically come with roadside assistance breakdown cover, however, this does not include homestart cover. If policyholders cannot start their motorhomes at home due to flat batteries, they can still contact our breakdown provider AXA Assistance for homestart help, subject to a call out fee.
Even breakdown policies which do include homestart generally have a limit to how many callouts you can make. So a motorhome jump starter or set of jump leads might be a wise investment as you could use these time and time again to get you back on the road quickly.
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Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.