Caravanning: Pre-Journey Safety Checks
How many do you tick off?
As a responsible caravan owner, we always have to ensure that our pride and joy is ready for the road. Caravanning can be a fabulous experience, so we need to minimise any possibility of things going wrong …
Every time we hitch up our own caravan, we have a list of pre-journey safety checks we always carry out before hitting the road. This applies both to the journey to the campsite as well as for the journey home.
All cupboards and storage spaces are closed and locked to prevent items from falling out
Heavy items are on the floor to keep the centre of gravity low
Turn the fridge selector to 12v and lock the fridge door
Worktops are clear, hob covers are in place
Turn the gas off at the cylinder
Turn off the water pump master switch, along with all taps and the shower control
The shower head is down on the floor to stop it falling and damaging the bathroom
The water and waste tanks are drained
Close all windows at roof lights to stop any rain getting in as you travel
Check your tyres are inflated correctly, the tread isn’t damaged and your wheel nuts are tight
Check your caravan nose weight to ensure it is balanced
Remove your hitch locks and wheel clamps and turn off any tracking devices
Make sure your towing mirrors are attached correctly and are set right
If you have a partner travelling with you, it is worth both of you running through the checks to ensure everything has been ticked off. You know what they say: two heads are better than one.
There are many checklists available on the internet you can print out and use. We like the ones from The Camping & Caravanning Club, which you can find here.
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Until next time …
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