If you’re thinking about a weekend getaway with the family (and caravan in tow), then it’s a good idea to brush up on some safety basics to ensure that things go off without a hitch. Whether you’re headed to the beach or exploring the bush, be sure to check out these top tips from the experts at PMX campers.
Start with a checklist
The first thing to check off your list is in fact, a checklist. The reason being that having a clear idea of everything you need to pack is key to making sure that everyone has a great time. Thinking about hitting the surf? Chances are you’ll need a surfboard and wetsuit. Preparing to hike your way up a mountain? Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, water, and plenty of overnight gear. Regardless of your intentions, always remember to think about what’s to come so you can arrive safely, have fun, and get back in one piece.
Note: A caravan checklist should include everything from generators and spare batteries to tents and water.
Lock everything down securely
Sure, you might be full of beans and racing to hit the road but doing a final check that everything is safe and secure never goes astray. The reason being that once the wheels start turning, all sorts of problems and issues can arise. Think appliances coming loose and supplies being thrown through the air during a sudden stop. You’ll also want to make sure that the trailer plug is secured, and the coupling pin handle is locked down in position before you depart. Taking these simple steps can save you from a world of disaster down the track.
Pay attention on the road
Concentration is key when it comes to towing a caravan. This is because lugging something heavy behind you makes for a completely different driving experience when compared to a leisurely trip to the shops. Be aware of the different factors at play and the increased weight that you will be responsible for. For instance, allow extra space between other cars so you can safely stop and manoeuvre as necessary. Other than that, remember to get plenty of sleep so you can always pay attention without letting your guard slip. It’s also a good idea to check with your manufacturer to see how much weight you can safely tow without creating any risk.
Note: You’ll also want to adjust your driving speed to account for the different conditions. Take it easy on the pedal, especially when approaching corners and be sure to take them with a wider birth than you otherwise would.
View our caravan range and contact your local dealer
Need a hand when it comes to towing your caravan? The expert team at PMX Campers is here to help. We design and build a wide range of caravans that are distinguished by their high quality, heavy-duty construction, and adaptability to Australian conditions.
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