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Shower Cleaning and Care (Caravan Mouldings).

Please read carefully before you clean your shower. To clean your shower you will need to use the following products. Vinegar or Baking soda. To clean your shower you need to use a soft cloth or soft sponge. To get the perfect clean on your shower please follow the instructions. Spray vinegar all over your shower and (leave for half an hour) grab a soft cloth or a soft sponge and wipe down your shower to get a glossy finish.

For all your scummy areas baking soda can be used to get out more of the dirt and grim. After you use Baking soda please rinse your shower to remove any residue for that perfect finish.

Please do not use any detergents Or abrasive pads as they will leave scratches on the shower and make the shower look dull.

Thank you,
Caravan Mouldings.

Minimum Service Requirements During a Service:

- Check alignment of door & windows, adjust if necessary
- Visual inspection for water leaks
- Clean, check & repack wheel bearings
- Check condition of brake assemblies
- Adjust brake shoes & park brake
- Tension wheels nuts
- Check tyre pressure & wear (alignment may be necessary)
- Check & tighten all suspension & pivot points
- Under-carriage visual inspection
- Ensure electrical wiring is secure & routed correctly
- Ensure gas & plumbing lines are secured & routed correctly
- Lubricate stabilizer, jockey wheels & coupling
- Check all lights
- Check operation of awning (if fitted)
- Check operation of appliances & equipment
- Pressure test gas systems
- Check battery terminals & acid levels
- Lubricate locks, hinges & clean vents
- Check & adjust cupboard locks & catches

Time allocated for this service is 3-5 hours depending on the size of your caravan & the equipment fitted. The cost of this service, including all consumables, is the responsibility of the owner & must be paid directly to the Service Centre

Exterior Cleaning & Care Recommended Guidelines (Probond)

You are now the proud owner of a new caravan which incorporates construction with a range of materials including Probond® aluminium cladding. To achieve maximum protection of your investment, and to keep your van in premium condition, you MUST follow these guidelines:

1. COVER UP! For long-term protection, your van should be kept under shelter or covered with a caravan cover when not in use, especially when held in storage for extended periods of time. This will help prolong the life of the coating and assist with reducing colour fade.

2. KEEP CLEAN! Always remove corrosive substances such as bird droppings and sap stains immediately, to avoid permanent marking of the surface. Carry out regular washing of the whole van, rinsing evenly with clean water at moderate pressure. Use a soft sponge and neutral PH Level car detergent if necessary, but avoid strong solvents which may degrade the surface and ultimately lead to corrosion. Do not use recycled water as this contains alkaline which may result in staining the paintwork.

3. FINISH THE JOB! Always thoroughly rinse with clean water and dry all surfaces with a micro-fibre cloth after washing. We also recommend that you finish off with an application of protective wax directly after washing to ensure no cleaning agents remain on the surface and to provide longer sunscreen protection for your van. We suggest Meguiar’s Ultimate Fast Finish which is simply sprayed onto a micro-fibre cloth and then applied to the surface coating of your van.

4. SPOIL YOURSELF! For the very best of loving care, you can always arrange for your van to receive additional protection with the application of a paint protection coating system such as a Nano Ceramic Coating by an approved professional.

5. HANDY TIPS: - If your van has been exposed to salt spray and seaside mist, clean it immediately afterwards ensuring you follow the above steps - Avoid washing your van in direct sunlight or in high temperatures - Prevent accumulated layers of grime and airborne pollution building up on the surface coating - Avoid drive-in carwashes as they often use high PH level chemicals and recycled water which contain destructive alkaline which can damage the surface coating

Plumbing Tips (Plenty River RV Caravan Plumbing)


Every 6 Months
1. Please understand that as your caravan travels, the pipes move and vibrate too, so after your first time travelling check all gas joints and water joints. Pipes may need time to settle in.
FOR GAS - turn gas bottle on, then spray soapy water on the joints. Continuous bubbles means there's a leak.
FOR WATER - turn 12V pump ON or connect mains water and proceed to check all water joints for leaking water. Remove the inspection covers such as the back of the shower tap to inspect pipes.

Every 12 Months
1. Change your hot water service anode if it has one.
2. Flush all fresh and grey water tanks.
3. Replace your internal drinking water filter cartridge if your caravan has one.
4. Remove and clean your tempering valve including its internal mesh.

General Advice
1. Always turn 12V pump OFF when connected to mains water and when travelling.
2. Do not connect any drainage hose to your caravan with less than 35mm INTERNAL diameter and no more than 5m long.
3. Poor water quality is a big issue for caravans here in Australia - it is recommended that you have a pre-water-filter on your garden hose to filter all the water going into your van; this helps to protect all taps, filters, hot water service and all other water fittings and components in your caravan.
4. When preparing for a trip, test all your plumbing and appliances before hitting the road.

When in Storage
1. Before putting your caravan into storage, cover/seal all vents and pipes such as HWS vents, fridge vents, all open pipes, etc. to protect againts wasp nests, spiders, and other wildlife that might see your nice caravan as a good home for themselves.
2. Turn 12V water pump off.
3. Release water pressure in pipes by turning a tap on.
4. Turn gas bottles off when not in use.
5. Turn off mains water, gas bottles, and 12V pump when away from your caravan.




(Gross Vehicle Mass)

The GVM is the maximum allowable total mass of a fully loaded motor vehicle as specified by the manufacturer.
Consisting of the tare mass (unladen mass of the vehicle) plus the load.
The load would include fuel, all occupants, cargo and any add-on accessories.

Note: Vehicle such as utilities, may not include the weight of the tray body or spare wheel. Check with your manufacturer. 


All the extra bits on board including water, gas, cargo, clothes, accesories and add-ons. We used guide of 300kg as a payload, but this will depend on make and model. Payload is the ATM minus the Tare Wight.

Tow Ball Weight

Tow ball weight (ball load or tow ball load) is the load exerted on the tow ball of the tow vehicle. In Australia, ball weigh is generally around 10% of the ATM.
Check your RV specs.
Note: this weight is included in your tow vehicle's payload


(Tare Mass)

Base weight at manufacture. Unhitched from the tow vehicle.
Weight of your caravan empty. No Payload including tank water,
gas in bottles of after amrket accessories.


(Aggregate Trailer Mass)

Weight of your caravan fully loaded when it is unhitched from the tow ehicle. This rating i set by the manufacturer and cannot be exceeded, that is the maximum allowed.


(Gross Trailer Mass)

Weight of your caravan fully loaded when it is hitched to your tow vehicle.


(Gross Combined Mass)

Weight of your tow vehicle and caravan, hitched together with both fully loaded

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