Camping and caravanning are usually the most fun and memorable things a person can do with their families and friends. Here are some ways to make you caravanning trip this year a more enjoyable experience!
1. Make a list
As with any trip, you need to decide on what items you plan on bringing to the trip. Some essential caravanning products such as towing aids, caravan jacks, extra coolant and oil, a spare fan belt, wheel chocks and a fire extinguisher are important items that your checklist should include if you plan on going on a caravanning trip. This is a hobby though, so keep in mind that many of these items are essential for newbies, while others can be bought over time for convenience and comfort.
2. Ensure your own, and your van’s safety
Once your list is ready, you need to make sure your caravan and vehicle are secure, and it is safe to take them out on the open roads. The checklist should remain with you at all times though, just to make sure that all required items are safely stored and at arm’s length. You need to check that the towing aid is connected adequately, other loose items are secured, and windows and doors are closed and locked at all times. It is also essential that the lights on both vehicles are operational, and the tires are inflated correctly to reduce the risk of any unnecessary problems
3. Be relaxed, take it easy and slow
Travelling at higher speeds drains the fuel in your vehicle as it is, let alone when you are towing another vehicle. The fuel consumption costs will soar if you do not take them into account. If you are indeed towing your caravan at a reduced speed, it would be better to be mindful of traffic around you, use make slow turns wherever possible. When on the road, avoid swerving and be aware of the side winds and forward wind direction as it impacts your speed and turn ratio.
4. Work as a team!
Caravanning will not be a success if you and your partners have inadequate communication! One of the most difficult things to do wile towing a caravan is reversing the vehicle. Ensure that you are all aware of the surroundings and be careful of each other. Do not interrupt one another and confuse the river, instead, it is recommended to do a few test runs in order to be able to cross hurdles such as these with a minimum of fuss.
5. Take a course
If you’re serious about this hobby, you should definitely pursue it the right way. While caravanning courses may seem excessive, a lot of great advice and tips will be given which will help you to make your experience more hassle free and enjoyable. If you don’t want to do that, you could get a caravanning specialist to check out your caravan before you set of on your journey. Get familiarized with your vehicle.
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