For many people, the only way that they can take a weekend break or even a week long holiday is if they travel by caravan. This is a far cheaper alternative to staying in a hotel and eating out for every meal, and it allows you to have all the comforts of home whilst on the road. If you are new to the caravanning scene, however, it can help to have as many safety tips as you can get your hands on to ensure that your holiday goes as smoothly as possible.
Even though you’re travelling in a caravan, it’s likely that you’ll leave it at the campsite when you go off touring the sights.
Install a security system. This is actually very similar to those used in your home and will alarm when someone who doesn’t have the code opens the door or a window.
Place security stickers in the windows. These will warn intruders that you have security systems in place and will deter them from attempting to break into your van.
Purchase wheel clamps. These will lock the wheels of your caravan into place, preventing it from being towed away from the site. They are also handy when parked at home.
Purchase a hitch lock. This performs the same function as wheel clamps; it is attached to the hitch of your van and prevents it from being attached to a vehicle without the key.
For many people, towing a caravan can feel like quite a daunting task, especially if you have never done it before.
Ensure that your car can tow. It is important to note that not all cars are able to tow and that they will all have a weight restriction. There is no point buying a van you can’t tow.
Make sure the breaks are maintained. Your car will take longer to break and to accelerate, so it is important that your breaks are in tiptop condition to avoid accidents.
Arrange heavy weight over the axle. Doing this will help to keep your caravan balanced during travel; placing the heaviest items in the front or back can overturn the van.
We have also compiled some other basic safety tips that you can use when travelling and staying in your caravan.
Install smoke alarms and have a fire extinguisher on hand. These are a must in case of a fire. Even if you don’t think it will happen to you, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you are interested in spending a few weekends or even weeks travelling in caravans around the country, it is important that you have paid heed to each of the safety tips that we have provided in the above list. These will help to ensure that your holiday is as enjoyable as possible and that your families (and your caravan) are kept safe at all times. Please share any other tips that you have with us in the comments section!