27 Aug Pre-Trip Checklist for Traveling Safely with Your Caravan
Congratulations! You have purchased your new family caravan and are ready to hit the road and make some memories!
Before you hit the road each time with your family with your new caravan on tow it is important to make sure you can safely tow your vehicle and everything is ready for a safe family holiday.
Ensuring you keep your caravan and vehicle fully maintained at all times will help with getting you on the road quickly and safely every time. We recommend regular servicing and maintenance on both caravan and vehicle and a routine check before each trip.
Below is a list of some of the things that we recommend checking regularly:
- While hooking up your caravan always check that all parts are in good condition and showing no unreasonable wear and tear.
- Ensure you are aware of any weight limits and restrictions for your vehicle and caravan. Take into account any excess luggage or equipment that may have been packed in your caravan or vehicle.
- Do a pre-trip check of your vehicle and caravan, checking for any wear and tear or damage that needs to be fixed before hitting the road:
- Check tyres and wheels (including the spare)
- Towing equipment
- Chassis and suspension
- Lights, including break lights, indicators and safety lights.
- Check and be aware of your caravan’s dimensions before heading off, take into account any additions such as bike racks, or overhanging equipment. This will not only help when you get to your destination but ensure you can safely navigate any tight situations on route.
- Make sure your vehicle and caravan are not due for service. If you are heading off on a big trip, it is a great idea to get both serviced before you go to ensure everything is in great condition.
- Ensure any gas bottles and appliances have been recently checked or tested.
- Check any smoke detectors and fire safety equipment are in working order.
- Check that any antenna’s or external equipment such as picnic tables, storage hatches and toolboxes are closed securely before towing.
- Ensure your break away safety system is engaged before towing.
Whenever you make a stop along the way on your trip, do a quick walk around both the car and the caravan to ensure everything is still in order before you head off again.
For your own safety and that of your passengers, make sure you are well rested before setting off on any long drives and take regular stops to refuel yourself. Grab a snack, walk around and get some fresh air before hitting the road again. Not only might you find some great places when you stop, but you will help you arrive at your camping spot safe and sound.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Great Escape Caravan at any time, don’t hesitate to get in touch and have a chat.