As the evenings get lighter and a little bit warmer, now is the perfect time to have a look at your van system and equipment and carry out some maintenance. Now we know it is not as exciting but spending some time on your van will be worth it - we promise. Our director, Darren, is on hand to help as he has pulled together a list of his top tips. Wiring Now I know you have heard me go on about this many times in the past but nine times out of 10 if a problem develops it won’t be down to the pump or controller, it will be a fault in the wiring. A system may run trouble-free for many months, but due to the moist environment and movement of the van, faults may appear unless routine maintenance is carried out. Here are my top tips to nip any problems in the bud before they cause an issue:
- Battery terminals – always try and get good battery terminals (ideally not crocodile clips). If they are rusty, it is best to replace them. With battery terminals you can tighten them with a spanner, which will ensure an incredibly good connection meaning the power cables to the controller are spot on.
- Wire connectors – take a look at all the connections, gently take them apart to inspect them and make sure there is no rust. Make sure all the wires are inside the connectors (not loose, hanging out or joined with tape). If necessary, fit new connectors, I prefer male/female bullet connectors.
- Fuse holder – check the fuse holder is free from rust and the correct size fuse is fitted (as per manufacturer instructions). Try not to use a bigger size fuse than recommended, as if there is a fault in the system a bigger fuse will not blow quickly enough.
- Cables – check all the cables are in good condition with no damage.