the season gets underway, it seems a good time for a timely reminder about the
pre-trip checks we should all be doing before we set off. A few minutes to walk
around the ‘van and do a few safety checks really should be built into every
road trip itinerary, so here are a few suggestions. This is by no means an
exhaustive list, and we do encourage you to make you own additions to this
based on your personal experience and your particular caravan. If you have kids
why not make it a part of the holiday ritual that you take them around with you
on the inspection, it’s a great way for them to learn more about their caravan.
- Tyres and pressure. This
is a really important one. Badly inflated and worn tyres are dangerous.
Investing in a pressure gauge is a good idea. Your tyres should also meet the
minimum depth requirement. Look for cracks and damage to the walls of the tyres
in particular. If in doubt, change them before you go.
- See and be seen. Check
all your lights are responding and that any reflective edge strips are clear
and visible. Also check the coupling for the electrical supply to the lights.
Is it firmly attached and are all the connections clean and free from
- All hitched correctly?
Check your hitch is secure with no chance of jumping or rattling as you drive.
Remember your breakaway cable as well. Check it isn’t frayed or broken. The
majority of the caravans we supply come with a stabiliser that should be
checked before you leave.
- Is everything secure and
locked down? Make sure everything that shouldn’t be moving isn’t moving, and
that everything that should be closed is closed. Often forgotten lock down
items, such as air vents and roof lights, are easily overlooked. Of course, you
should also make sure that you have closed and locked the main doors and any
- Balance the load. Apart
from the fact that unsecured heavy items such as your awning or any additional
furniture could move around inside the van and damage the fittings, they could
also unbalance your caravan making it more difficult to control.
- Retract fully. Steadies
and the jockey wheel should be all the way up.
- Check the guide. You
caravan information will contain the details about how to hitch correctly for
your particular make and model. It’s always worth a quick read to make sure you
have covered all the bases.
is plenty of other information on safety and general maintenance on our website
and the Internet, and we suggest you take a regular look as a little bit of a
few pre-trip safety checks will ensure that your journey is worry free, and
make for safe and easier driving.