Electrical Installation Condition Report
Do you need an ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’?
Because your caravan or motorhome contains the most treasured possession – your family, all new caravans and motorhomes come complete with a certificate. This is the manufacturer’s guarantee that the habitation electrics, including both the 230 volt and 12 volt, are in peak condition and safe to use. Safe to use means safe from the risk of electric shock, fire and burns. However, the manufacturer recognises that like with all things, due to age and normal wear and tear, the electrical wiring and associated equipment will deteriorate.
Deterioration of the electrical wiring, including damage and misuse, can lead to appliances not performing properly. But in more serious cases can seriously reduce the safety of the electrical installation. With this in mind, the manufacturer of the caravan or motorhome gives recommendations for having a regular safety check carried out on the electrical wiring, including all accessories (sockets, switches, lights etc); usually between one and 3 years from new. This safety check is not compulsory, but is advisory. In fact, it is strongly recommended a safety check is carried out on the electrical wiring installation. Therefore it’s worth taking a look at the recommendation on your certificate, and to consider whether the electrical installation is due a safety check.
Second-hand or used caravans and motorhomes will require the same safety check before being sold on to a customer. And, as with a new caravan or motorhome, the used vehicle will be given a recommended re-test date.
The electrical safety check, or more accurately the Periodic Inspection and Test, is not part of the normal service carried out on a caravan or motorhome.
Normally, a Periodic Inspection and Test of the wiring involves the removal of all accessories (eg sockets), so that all connections can be thoroughly examined, and where necessary, tightened. During the inspection part of the check all electrical components of the wiring are inspected for damage, and to ensure that the wiring and all associated parts are safe for continued use. The testing process involves the wiring and accessories undergoing several, and rigorous, electrical tests to prove safety for continued service.
Following the inspection and test you will receive an Electrical Installation Condition Report. This is a report on the condition of your wiring and accessories; and includes recommendations for improving the safety of the equipment.
Please remember an electrical safety check on your wiring is not compulsory, but is advisory, and recommended by both the manufacturers and all safety standards agencies. Advice on whether your caravan or motorhome is due a Periodic Inspection and Test is free and non-obligatory.