Caravan Checklist

Before leaving for your holiday you should create and check a caravan packing list. There are a number of things that should be considered to ensure both your enjoyment and safety.

There are also a number of accessories made for your caravan to assist in making your holiday both more practical and enjoyable.

The following list should be considered as a guide to what to do before leaving home for your journey.

CAR...

* Check that all your mirrors are firmly secured and you can see appropriately out of them

* Check that you have appropriate tension in your fan belt and that its condition is still good

* Check you have enough water/coolant in the engine and that you have an adequate amount of brake fluid

* Check your oil levels in both the engine and transmission

* Ensure you have a full tank of petrol

* Ensure your tyre pressure is good, don't forget to check the spare tyre as well

* Get someone to stand outside while you press the break pedal and switch on the various lights, ensure that all are working

* If your 4WD has air shockers fitted, ensure that they are inflated

* Look at the condition of the various hoses in your engine, are they still ok?

* Make sure you have placed an insect screen in front of the radiator

CARAVAN...

* Check that all the windows and any hatches are closed

* Check that there is a fire extinguisher fitted

* Check that your gas bottle is securely fitted and your water tank has been filled recently

* Check the wheel nuts of your 4WD and the condition of it's tyres

* Ensure that all the cupboards and drawers in the caravan have been closed and any tables secured firmly

* Ensure that your brakes have been checked and adjusted if necessary

* Make sure that the fridge door is closed and locked, also check that any of the fridge's contents are sealed

* No loose items should be kept on cupboards or shelves within the caravan

* You should also have your wheel bearings adjusted

** it is recommended to have a caravan specialist check the caravan before your departure

BEFORE DEPARTING...

* Check that all safety chains have been secured

* Check that the caravan doors are locked and closed

* Check that the steps of the caravan have been raised

* Double check that lights are working, both on the vehicle and caravan

* Ensure that all tyres have been correctly inflated to the appropriate pressure

* Ensure that all wheel chocks have been removed

* Ensure that your towing aid has been fitted correctly and safely

* Ensure the jockey wheel has been removed or firmly secured

* Make sure that all gas has been turned off

* Make sure that all jacks have been raised and all safety stands removed

* Make sure that the 240V electrical lead has been disconnected

USEFUL SPARES TO HAVE...

* A spare fan belt

* A spare wheel, tyre and tube to suit your caravan

* Extra electrical wire

* Some extra coolant

* Some extra engine oil

* Some insulating tape

* Spare radiator hoses

GOOD TOOLS TO HAVE...

* 2 x tyre levers

* A number of tools that will fit both the vehicle and the caravan

* A wheel brace that will work on the wheel nuts of both the car and caravan

* Blocks to stabilize the corners when the ground is soft or not level

* Tyre gauge


GENERAL POINTERS...

* Ensure that gas lines, appliances, connections and fittings are regularly checked by a professional

* Fire extinguishers really are an imperative thing to take on any holiday, always choose one that is big enough to handle a fire, and place it in a location that can be easily accessed especially from the outside.

** Please note the above lists are included only as a guide and should not be considered an exhaustive list


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