Caravanning: Top ten tips for beginners

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]As exciting as your first caravan holiday might seem, it can also be very stressful and overwhelming. There are a lot of important decisions to make and lessons to learn. Here are our top ten tips for beginners to get you on your way.

1. Tow car. First things first, you will need to choose your tow car. It should essentially have four wheel drive, be powerful and have a low end torque, perfect for towing.

2. Tow bar. There are options; a fixed tow bar, or a detachable tow bar. Detachable tow bars are great if you want one that is easy to remove. You can simply do it yourself with the correct kit.

3. Towing lesson. You will learn everything from general driving and positioning, tackling roundabouts, straight line driving and bay reversing.

4. Choosing a van. It’s important as a first time buyer that you choose a van that is in capacity with your tow car – it can’t be too heavy. We recommend that it is small and easy to manoeuvre, leaving you confident towing on motorways.

5. Mirrors. When you’ve hooked up your caravan to your car, make sure that your extension mirrors give you enough side view. You need to feel safe while driving.

6. Number plate. It’s essential that your number plate is clearly displayed. You are now ready to hit the road.

7. Parking. On arrival, reverse the caravan onto the landing blocks, apply the van’s handbrake and release the jockey wheel onto the floor making sure it’s tight. Next you need to remove the vehicle’s electrics, release the stabiliser and remove the breakaway cable. You can now move your car out of the way.

8. Levelling. Once you have levelled the caravan front to back using a spirit level, wind down all four corner steadies on to the ground. You should have pads fitted to prevent the steadies sinking in to the ground.

9. Hook up. Attach your caravan to the electric hook up, turn on the fridge and collect fresh water. Position your waste water collector and add toilet fluid. Get ready to turn on the gas and water heater once it’s full of water.

10. Relax. Now sit back and enjoy your holiday.

We hope this has taken some pressure off, because caravanning should be about enjoying yourself. If you would like any professional advice or servicing before towing, you are welcome to come down to our service centre in Margam, Port Talbot. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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