Here is what you need to know before hitching your off-road caravan this Festive Season
What is more exciting than hitching up the caravan to your off-road vehicle, packing the padkos and heading for the trails for a well-deserved and long-awaited family holiday? However, are you really sure you are completely ready and prepared before setting off on your off-road caravan trip? There might be a few boxes you have not ticked yet, so let us take a look and make sure you are ready for your festive season off-road holiday.
While this might seem obvious, an alarming number of people hit South Africa’s roads with inadequate insurance. Before setting off on your grand adventure, make sure your 4×4, caravan, and its contents are sufficiently insured. Under South African law, a caravan also features among the “vehicle” section of the insurance policy. All standard tools, spare parts, and accessories should be covered when it comes to your home on the road. It is important to verify that caravans are insured at the correct market value, which is calculated according to the reasonable replacement cost of new off-road caravans of the same type for sale, should your caravan be stolen or written off in an accident. As with cars, off-road caravans also depreciate over time. So, make sure your caravan is not underinsured.
#2 Border crossings
If you are planning to travel across the border, will your caravan and 4×4 still be covered by your insurance policy? It all depends on your particular insurer; however, in countries like Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland, your insurance would generally still be valid. For an extra premium, countries like Rwanda, Kenya, and Angola can be added too – enquire with your insurer first. It pays to make sure you will be covered, wherever you are travelling to, prior to setting off.
Tips for off-road caravanning
Always make sure your 4×4 and caravan are correctly maintained and serviced, and that they are roadworthy before leaving home. Spend the time and resources to guarantee your towing equipment, indicators, and other lights are in full working condition, and that both the caravan and vehicle tyres are inflated to the correct pressure at all times throughout the journey. This includes travelling to and from your destination. Take frequent breaks, and stop at least once every two hours at designated points while travelling to avoid driver fatigue. Also keep your towing speed comfortably low – typically between 80 and 110 km/h (below the general speed limit) – and maintain a safe following distance at all times. These are only a few things you can do to make sure you and your family get to where you are going and back again safely and comfortably.
Browse amongst the quality off-road caravans for sale at Echo 4×4 Centre
If you are in search of the best quality and most durable off-road trailers, RV motorhomes, and caravans for sale, then you have come to the right place. We have an extensive range of off-road vehicles for sale. Contact us to learn more about our products, and for all the advice needed to make a fully informed purchasing decision. We are always ready to provide you with the insight and advice needed to choose the correct off-road caravan for you.