7 Essential Tips For A Flawless Caravan Adventure

A road trip is a great adventure for all. Whether traveling with friends or family, this type of getaway promises a memorable trip. Yet it’s not always plain sailing. 

From getting the low-down on what to pack to prepping your vehicle and securing a spot at a caravan site, planning a caravan adventure can prove both exciting and daunting. 

To make life easier, we’ve listed a handful of essential tips below, all of which will help you to enjoy a flawless caravan experience. 

1. Pre-Book A Campsite

Traveling in peak season? To avoid disappointment, it’s a great idea to book a spot in advance. If not, you may end up having to turn around. School holidays and the summer months tend to always be busier, if you can avoid these, then you’ll have more options to choose from. 

Another option? Especially if you’re planning on visiting the same site a handful of times per year is to look into holiday chalets for sale. Campsites boasting fully self-contained cedar cabins are privy to shops, showers, and, a range of other facilities. This makes them a great place to park.

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2. Pack Only What You Need

We’re all guilty of overpacking for a vacation, however, when towing all your belongings behind you, keeping loads as light as possible is a must. Taking more gear than you require for the trip can prove stressful when it comes to finding an item in your mass of belongings. 

Essential items you should add to your checklist include wheel chocks, a fire extinguisher, towing mirrors, and a caravan jack. Other handy tools comprise a sway control device, extra oil and coolant, insulation tape, and a spare fan belt. 

Before packing, it’s a good idea to create a checklist, ticking off necessary items as you go. It’s important to remember some rules and regulations apply when towing a caravan, which is why you must check and stick to your maximum towing capacity, tow ball weight, gross vehicle mass, and gross combination mass. 

3. Check Your Vehicle Before Hitting the Road 

At least a week before to your vacation, run a pre-holiday vehicle check. If anything needs to be replaced or fixed, you’ll have enough time to find parts or book the vehicle into a garage. 

Checks include pumping your tires and checking for a spare wheel. In addition, double-check all lights and brakes. You should also check towing components are in tip-top condition! 

As well as looking over the van exterior, secure any loose interior items before setting off. These include objects on the countertops, such as kettles, toasters, cups, or plates. In addition, ensure fridge doors are closed and switch off gas cylinders.

4. Don’t Forget the Fuel

Although obvious, it’s surprising how many people forget to fill up their caravans before hitting the open road. Leaving it up until the very last minute will likely result in a delay in your journey. You may also encounter lengthy queues, especially if traveling on a Bank Holiday or weekend. 

In addition to fuelling up the day before your adventure, map out fuel stops. These should align with your route and will help to avoid any detours. If you’re new to the caravan world, you may not know that towing such a vehicle will use more fuel than usual. 

5. Be Sure to Insure Your Caravan 

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If your caravan has been sitting in the driveway for some time, it’s a good idea to check the vehicle insurance and roadside assistance are both in date. Breaking down on route to your destination, especially in the dark, isn’t fun! 

When digging out these documents, you may also wish to take this opportunity to invest in collision damage. In addition, a policy that covers flood, fire, and theft. This cover backs you on the road and when parked. Without this, an accidental scratch or hit could prove a costly fix.

6. Plan Your Route in Advance 

When planning a road trip, outline a route in advance! A plan will prevent unexpected delays, roadworks, and adverse weather conditions from getting in your way. A mapping device or app is a great tool to assist with this.

Another top tip? Leave early in the morning, especially if you have a long drive ahead! Trying to find a spot or park a caravan in the dark is a challenge at the best of times! 

7. Plan a Set-Up Routine

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After a lengthy stint on the road, the last thing you’ll want to do is spend unnecessary hours setting up your campsite. A practice run will come in handy. This promises to ensure a smooth set-up on arrival. The more you practice, the more efficient you will become.

It’s important to note that caravan models differ from each other. This means setting up times and methods will too. From unhitching the caravan to ensuring the handbrake is on, to moving your vehicle out of the way, there are plenty of pointers to consider.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, level the caravan and drop the corner steadies flush to the ground. This is the priority before setting up the water, gas, and power systems. 

Finally, check the power and water supplies inside the caravan. This includes the oven, heating, taps, and fridge. 

The Bottom Line

Towing a caravan adds a different dimension to any vacation. If you follow a few tips, this shouldn’t put you off. To guarantee a smooth trip, it’s wise to research everything – from what to pack, to your route, and if traveling in peak season, how to book a camping spot in advance.

All of the above will ensure a flawless caravan adventure!

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