Caravanning Tips

Post date: Monday, 5 July 2021 - 5:31pm
Caravan Tips

Getting that rig ready and keeping it in top condition is critical if you want a safe and enjoyable trip! As a frequent traveller, having covered more than 120,000km in 3 years, a safe and well maintained caravan is key for our comfort and safety. That is your expectation too - no doubt!

Andrew Gallop and his team from Swift Caravan Services in Kilsyth, Melbourne have very kindly provided our members and guests an excellent list of Caravanning Tips to make your trip a safe and enjoyable one.

1. Fire Extinguishers should be shaken up every 3 months as the powder inside will compact into a solid lump from the bumpy roads.

2. Hot Water Systems: Some hot water systems require an anode rod to be replaced every 18-24 months. Due to the hardness of water in WA, this should occur every 12 months.

3. Jockey Wheel: Place at right angles to the front of the van, making it easier to get the van on the tow ball.

4. Awning: Roll up your awning from the centre of roller to get an even wind up.

5. Secure Awning: Peg out or roll up your awning if being left unattended. A gust of wind can do a lot of damage.

6. Park Rig: Always park the caravan with nose up or down (when not in use), to stop water build up on the roof.

7. Key Access: Keep a caravan key accessible in your tow vehicle at all times in case of an emergency, fire or accident.

8. Euro Style Blinds: These blinds and fly screen should both be in the ‘open’ position for travel, because of caravan movement. Silicone spray lubricate regularly.

9. Chock Wheels: Always chock wheels as caravan handbrakes are not reliable.

10. Safety Chains: Some newer caravans now have a hook on the A-frame to hang your chains when not travelling.

11. Anti-rattle Bolt: Some towbars have an anti-rattle bolt that should ONLY be used when NO load is on the towball

12. Plumbing: Always carry some hose, straight joiners, elbows and a red stop plug as a simple repair of damage can get you out of trouble.

We would like to build a list of more useful tips, so why not share them with us and drop me an email to
With Special thanks to Andrew Gallop and his team at Swift Caravan Services.