Caravanning Tips

by on Thursday 05 2018
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 bert@kuiparks.com.au
With Special thanks to Andrew Gallop and his team at Swift Caravan Services.