Some expert caravan safety tips to avoid instability on the open road
It is easy to get lost in the dream of off-roading with your caravan and taking on any of the countless exciting trails South Africa has to offer. However, you need to perfect your technical ability too, when off-roading with a caravan hitched to your 4×4. There are many types of off-road caravans for sale today, but the same precautions and common sense apply to all of them when you are towing. There are several approaches you can take to avoid disaster, should your combination become unstable. Some methods are proactive, while others are reactive. In order to stay safe on the road, consider using a combination of both methods, as conditions dictate. Let us take a closer look at the appropriate ways to respond, should caravan instability hit while on the trail.
Proactive caravan safety tips
Taking an off-road caravan driving course is sure to provide you with the skills needed to maintain (and regain) control of your caravan in many situations. Skilled and experienced trainers teach you how to stay calm and avoid or correct any instability. Gaining professional caravan safety tips from a seasoned traveller forms an invaluable addition to any off-roader’s knowledge base. These are the skills you should seek, and accumulate, before towing a caravan on the trail. As caravan instability can be caused by too much weight on the tow ball of your 4×4, you should avoid this by balanced packing and not exceeding the maximum permissible tow ball weight for your vehicle. This also assists you in maintaining full braking and steering control.
Reactive caravan safety tips
Sometimes, all the towing training, skill, and experience in the world simply cannot stop the sway once it has started. After all, we are talking about a lot of weight in a caravan. This is where combining your skills in controlling the caravan comes in need. Friction sway control systems react to the sway in real time, assisting you in bringing the caravan back under control. An electronic stability control system designed specifically for caravans can sense when the vehicle swerves and then brakes individual wheels to cancel out the sway. An increasing number of modern SUVs is so equipped.
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