Caravan and Motor Home PIR – 230v Mains Safety Check / Certificate
The Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) is an electrical safety check of the 230v mains electrical wiring, switches and appliances within a caravan, motorhome or camper van.
We offer the PIR safety check and certificate as recommended by the AWS (Approved Workshop Scheme) managed by the National Caravan Council.
A PIR electrical safety check should be undertaken when a caravan or motor home is over three years old.
Whilst a yearly Habitation Service will visually check 230v appliances, and 230v cables. During a PIR test appliances are disconnected, and 230v cables that are hidden in walls, floor and furniture are tested. The PIR tests the parts of your 230v system that is unseen, as well as the items listed below.
A Periodic Inspection is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify faults and non compliance with the national safety standard for electrical installations. The main purpose of a PIR is to report on the safe condition of an existing installation.
A periodic inspection will:
- reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded
- find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation
- identify any defective DIY electrical work
- highlight any lack of earthing or bonding
Why is a periodic inspection needed?
Today, your caravan or motor home has a similar mains electrical installation to your house, with one big difference… you don’t drive your house on the motorway at 60 mph! Electrical appliances and wiring deteriorate with age, sometimes accelerated by the bumps and vibration of annual adventures.
Whilst it is easy for you to check your brake lights are working correctly. How do you know the 230v wiring under the floor or behind an appliance is OK? How do you know the RDC (safety device) will cut electrical supply within the correct period of time (milliseconds) should a fault occur? How do you know the 230v Earth circuit is still correctly connected to both vehicle chassis and LPG system, and the resistance is low enough to ensure the Earth works as it should? These are some of the tests completed within a periodic inspection or PIR.
New caravans and motor homes are initially covered by the vehicle manufacturer. A sticker is usually attached inside the vehicle indicating the date when the PIR is due. The NCC recommends a periodic inspection (PIR) is carried out at least every 3 years for Leisure Vehicles, which includes Caravans, Motorhomes and Camper Vans. It is recommended that you keep a record of the PIR with your service history.
What’s tested in a periodic inspection?
Prescribed tests are carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check electrical safety.
The periodic inspection will check and test:
- adequacy of earthing and bonding
- suitability of the switchgear e.g. consumer unit
- serviceability of equipment e.g. switches, socket-outlets and lights
- type of wiring system and its condition
- presence of adequate identification and notices
- extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration
What do you get after the PIR?
We will provide a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR), which confirms the periodic inspection. A Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) is a formal document / certificate recording the findings of the Periodic Inspection.
Approved Workshop Scheme and Periodic Inspections
As part of our Approved Workshop Scheme approval, NCC stipulate that we must inform customers about PIR (and the safety implications of not having a current PIR certificate). We are obliged to ask customers if they would like a PIR test, and to record a customers signature if PIR is declined.
The PIR is above and beyond the checks in a standard service, and takes appox. 4 hrs.
In your vehicle, near your 230v consumer unit, there will be a sticker, similar to this one.
The PIR is recommended every 3 years (minimum).
To complete a professional PIR our workshop has invested in:
- Approved equipment,
- Yearly audit and re-calibrated electrical testers,
- City & Guilds qualified staff,
If you have concerns about the safety of your caravan, motorhome or camper van please contact us.