Tips to Prepare for Your Next Caravanning Holiday

Before you embark on your next road trip, we recommend that you test your car tyre pressure as well as the operation of all lights.

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Before you embark on your next road trip, we recommend that you test your car tyre pressure as well as the operation of all lights. If you’re going for a long trip, you may consider booking your car in for a service at your mechanic to ensure it is in top condition for towing your van.

We highly recommend you book your van in for a service at the RCC workshop before your next trip. This ensures peace of mind when travelling and enables us to check the brakes and cables, grease the bearings, tighten all wheel nuts and check the condition of the van tyres.

Here are some other important items to check before you embark on your next holiday in your van:

Van Exterior:

  • Fill and secure your gas bottle
  • Fill and clean your water tank
  • Secure your awning (cable ties work well for this purpose)

Van Interior:

  • Secure all cupboards, drawers and tables
  • Pin or lock fridge door
  • Close all windows and hatches
  • Pull down and lock pop-top canopy
  • Ensure you carry a current fire extinguisher and fire blanket
  • Make sure your caravan insurance is current

Final Check Before Leaving Home:

  • Remove jockey wheel
  • Turn off gas
  • Lock and latch doors
  • Raise or remove stabilisers or jacks
  • Ensure the lead between your car and caravan is securely connected
  • Disconnect 240V electrical lead
  • ensure safety chains are secured
  • Make sure breakaway brake box is properly charged (if applicable)
  • push in or raise step
  • pick up wheel chocks or levels and step (if applicable)

Accessories to Take with You When Travelling:

  • Suitable jack for your caravan
  • Extra sink plug
  • Levelling blocks
  • Towing mirrors
  • Extension power leads
  • Drinking water hose
  • Wastewater hose
  • Caravan park-approved floor matting
  • Current insurance and registration papers
  • Your sales invoice and details for warranty purposes

Returning Home:

  • The CIAA suggest a service for your caravan every 12 months.
  • A well-maintained caravan not only provides better resale value when you decide to upgrade, but it also guarantees peace of mind when you are on the road.

More handy tips and information as well as COVID-19 travel advice can be found by visiting the CIAA website.

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