Nothing quite beats a family holiday on a caravan. Being out there on the road and camping and getting the chance to bond with your family in a way that hotel holidays can’t. However, caravanning can seem quite daunting especially for beginners. Driving a huge RV or towing a large motor home around (and then driving in reverse with that motorhome!) are just some of the things that may seem overwhelming to a lot of people who are caravanning for the first time.
Yes, you’ve driven your car a lot of times and probably don’t feel the need to practice driving it. However, when you are towing what is essentially a small house right behind the mechanics of a normal drive change dramatically. The drive is different but it doesn’t have to difficult. Practice weeks in advance of the trip, either in your driveway or at the storage site. Do so until you feel confident.
TIP: Some caravanning clubs offer towing courses. If your upcoming trip is your first time we suggest you take the courses to be safe.
DO THE CHECKS
Would you embark on a long road trip without having your car checked? The same goes for your RV and your caravan. Check for leaks, for spots where some moisture has eaten through some of the material and check if the tyres are the correct pressure. You must also check whether your stability devices are in place and working. Be especially vigilant when checking gases and electrics, any faulty wiring can be lethal.
Before you embark on your trip is important to make sure that you are safe. Check to see if your caravan is within your truck’s towing capacity. Is your tow bar properly aligned and well-maintained? It is advisable to have your caravan regularly serviced. Other things to check for are brakes, suspension and your tyres.
This is going to be your home for the whole duration of the trip so you would like to keep your motor home as safe as you would you would your residence. Invest on some sturdy and reliable security devices such as hitch locks, wheel stands and wheel clamps.
ROAD SIDE SUPPORT
Just in case anything unexpected happens it is best to sign up for your manufacturer’s road side support program if they have any.
BUY A RELIABLE CARAVAN
A faulty caravan will only put a damper on an otherwise enjoyable trip. To ensure a smooth ride with nothing to think about but the sights invest in Nova Caravans.
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