Here is what to check before taking your off-road caravan on holiday
You have become quite familiar with your caravan, and know how to use it. But do you know which safety checks to perform before hitting the off-road trails? It is to be expected that you will be excited and rearing to hit the road but, before you do, make sure your caravan is roadworthy, and capable of getting you to where you want to go and back again safely and reliably. Let us take a look at what to keep an eye out for when checking the condition of your caravan.
To start with, take a look at the outside of the caravan. Water tanks and gas bottles should be filled beforehand, because tempers are sure to flare, should you arrive at the caravan park and you are unable to heat dinner. Water and gas are not for sale everywhere. Before setting off, check the following:
- That the safety chains are in a good condition, and securely attached to the tow vehicle and the towbar.
- The coupling is secured to the tow vehicle.
- The handbrake and service brake engage cleanly and release completely before you embark.
- The towbar wiring insulation is in a good condition, and the socket and plug are free of dirt prior to connecting it.
Checking the caravan’s interior
When your caravan was still sitting on the showroom floor with its “for sale” sign, it was in pristine condition, both on the inside and outside. But after a few off-road adventures, chances are it will require some maintenance. Prior to setting off on your off-road adventure, make sure your caravan has a fire extinguisher present, and that it is in good working condition. These are for sale at any hardware or outdoor store. The caravan’s fridge door, cupboards, drawers, and other doors should be closed and secured, and food and drinks packed away. Your toolbox should include the jack, wheel brace, wheel chocks, jack plate, and tyre blocks. These could help you get your caravan and 4×4 out of a sticky situation, and get your vehicle to a place of safety to be repaired. The last thing you want is to be stuck at the side of the road.
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If you are in the market for affordable, quality, and durable off-road caravan, you simply have to look at the ones we offer for sale. We are one of the top manufacturers and suppliers of expertly crafted off-road caravans and trailers in South Africa, and continue to set the bar for excellence in our industry. Throughout the years, we have provided countless adventure-seekers with the durable caravans needed to help them enjoy South Africa’s famous off-road trails.
Since the mid-1980s, we have been South Africa’s preferred supplier of outdoor lifestyle products. As an established powerhouse in the development of high-quality and tough off-road products, we lead the way in offering for sale 4×4 products, including trailers, caravans, conditioned quad trailers, and many other products in the off-road lifestyle sector. Let us help you get the most out of your off-road experience with the state-of-the-art off-road caravans we have available for sale.
If you would like to discuss your caravan needs in person, you are welcome to visit our lifestyle centre, where you can relax as you peruse our products and talk to our seasoned sales professionals about your needs. Tap into our vast buying power, and do not pay too much for your caravan or trailer. To learn more about us, and to find out how we can help you access the beautiful caravan you have been looking for, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.