Essential Pre Trip Caravan Checks: A Guide

Caravan owner performing internal checks

Travelling in a caravan can be both fun and rewarding. If you are about to embark on a big trip, it is important to perform caravan checks beforehand.

Although this is sometimes time consuming, it is well worth doing. By completing a number of basic checks, you effectively reduce the chances of breaking down. Broadly speaking, it is the easiest way to guarantee a safe and smooth road trip.

In the following article, we at Venture Caravans are offering a brief guide on essential pre trip caravan checks. We are going to outline the importance of performing these checks, as well as provide a list of checks you can perform.

Why Are Caravan Checks Before a Trip Important?

We appreciate that for some people, preparing a caravan pre travel checklist may seem like an unnecessary and time consuming task. 

However, it is of the utmost importance to do so. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, and above all, it ensures the safety of yourself and your passengers. Mechanical faults or safety issues that are not diagnosed can compromise the safety of road users and yourself. Thus, it is important to check things like the towbar and braking system.

Moreover, it is an easy and effective way to ensure your trip goes ahead without disruption. There is little worse than setting off on an exciting journey only to break down shortly after. If this could have been avoided by performing basic checks, you will surely be annoyed with yourself.

We would always encourage people to perform a few basic checks. Ultimately, it gives you the confidence to set off worry free and ensures driver and road user safety. Also, as you will see below, it doesn’t take an awfully long time.

Caravan Pre Travel Checklist: Step by Step

If you are inexperienced with caravan travel, you are unlikely to have a pre travel checklist. Below we have provided a few checks which can be added to this checklist. These will help you to check that your caravan is in optimal condition and is safe to travel. Common checks include:

  • Towbar 
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Tyre pressure
  • Brakes
  • Lights
  • Suspension
  • Mirrors
  • Gas 
  • Electrical components 
  • Number plate
  • Documents

If you check the following, and everything seems fine, then you can be sure that your caravan is safe and ready to go. 

Any issues, such as with the brakes or towbar, should be investigated by a professional. This is because failure of these components on the road is likely to cause accidents, which may endanger yourself or other road users.

Servicing and Maintenance at Venture Caravans

We hope you enjoyed the following article, and found the information useful. Whenever you embark on a big trip, it is important to perform these checks. This ensures the trip goes as planned and no unlikely disruptions will occur.

If you support with servicing or repair, our team would love to hear from you. We have a dedicated team that are able to support a wide range of customers. For more information, contact us today.