Before leaving on your next caravan adventure, or prior to travelling to your next destination, run through this checklist below to help ensure a safe and pleasant journey.
1. Inside your caravan, make sure :
all the cupboards are securely closed
the refrigerator door is locked
all hatches are secured
the TV antenna is wound down and secured in the travel position
loose items in the caravan secured (eg wedge TV under seating or bed do not leave on bracket)
window mechanism locked but shades open
2. Ensure your caravan is correctly coupled to the tow vehicle. Then check your safety chain/s. Two chains are normally fitted. Crisscross the chains and use ‘D’ shackles to connect them to the secure points on the towbar.
3. Ensure that the electrical plug between caravan and tow vehicle is connected. Then, check the brake lights, tail lights, turn indicators, clearance lights and electric brakes (if fitted) to make sure they are working.
4. Check that the wheel nuts on all wheels have been tightened to the manufacturers specification. These should be tightened with a torque wrench to 90ft lb or 125nm and they should be retightened at intervals of 100km for the first 400km and every 1000km after that.
5. Ensure that tyre pressures are correct as per manufacturer specifications. Adjust if required. (tyre pressures can be found on the side wall of the tyre)
6. Before moving off, make sure that:
the gas is turned off
picnic table locked
jockey wheel removed and secured in a safe location
levelling jacks (drop legs) fully wound up
step near the door raised
caravan handbrake released
7. Finally, walk around the caravan for one last check. It can be very embarrassing to drive off with electrical lead still connected!