Pre-Holiday Caravan Checklist

>  24 August 2016

Before you decide to head off the beaten track on your next caravanning adventure, it's well worth checking out our helpful pre-holiday caravan checklist. These simple tips will help you avoid issues arising while you're out on the road.

Before you decide to head off the beaten track on your next caravanning adventure, it's well worth checking out our helpful pre-holiday caravan checklist. These simple tips will help you avoid issues arising while you're out on the road.

Prepare your vehicle

Don't start your caravanning holiday without making sure your vehicle's fuel, oil, brake fluid and coolant or water is full. Check the condition of all your hoses, the fan belt tension and condition, as well as the tyre pressure, including the spare. Ensure your vehicles lights are operating correctly, your mirrors are adjusted and firmly secured and your air shockers are inflated.

Check The Interior And Exterior Of Your Caravan

Always ensure you've closed and secured your table and refrigerator door before you go caravanning. It's also important to close all hatches and windows and remove any loose items in the cupboards or on shelves. Both your fire extinguisher and gas bottle must be fitted and secured, and don't forget to fill your water tank! Assess and adjust your brakes, tyres and wheel bearings and check if the wheel nuts are tight.

Just Before Departing

Before leaving on your holiday, remove or secure your jockey wheel, check and see if the lights are operating correctly and turn off the gas. Close and lock the doors, raise the jack or remove all of the safety stands. Lift the steps and check that the electrical connection between your vehicle and the van is functioning correctly. Disconnect the 240v electrical lead. Make sure your towing aid is fitted properly and the safety chains secured, then remove the chocks and release the hand brake.

Another great tip when preparing for caravanning holidays to avoid costly repairs is to bring spare radiator hoses, a fan belt, engine oil and electrical wire. If you want to have a more comfortable road trip, our blog on electrical accessories for caravans and RVs offers some advice on electrical accessories that will make road life much easier.

Now all that's left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!