Handy tips for packing an off-road caravan
We have all been there, haven’t we? Stressed about whether we achieved just the right load balance while packing the caravan, and it gnawing away at the back of our minds until we reach the campsite. Packing is not exactly that much fun, but put away the spilled milk. We have some helpful tips to make sure you take care of loading your off-road caravan correctly, so you can put it out of your mind and enjoy the open road.
When done correctly, a well-packed caravan saves you from the harrowing experience of an unbalanced combination playing up at speed and possibly causing an accident. There is no shortage of horror stories around campfires of packing gone awry, and wise words about how to avoid it. While off-road caravan packing does not have to be a black art, we have a few tips to help you practice this art with greater confidence.
Leave enough time for packing
One of the best ways to guarantee a bad experience is to pack and go in a rush. It is then when disaster may strike. When you have enough time to pack, you can take a while to to put some proper thought into the packing process and follow sound logic. When you are in doubt, check it out. Manufacturers do not specify trailer weight limits and maximum tow ball weights for no reason; these limits are imposed so that drivers can remain safely within the correct loading weight extremes when packing their caravans.
Many seasoned off-roaders have their 4x4s and caravans weighed before setting off to avoid overloading and potential insurance issues. They also follow the “less is more” rule. Inexperienced off-roaders tend to over-pack, including everything from five times the required paper towels to double of everything else. In the worst-case scenario, you will find everything you need in local shops along the way if you end up needing something you did not pack.
The balanced load
When packing, determine where the location of your water tanks will be. Spread any other heavy loads low down and balance it properly, both in the lateral and longitudinal planes, avoiding heavy weights in the nose or tail. Take into account the weight of a full fridge in your caravan, and its location. If the caravan and car still are not properly balanced, a weight-distribution towbar fitting is critical to balancing the load of the car and the caravan as a package. It will help to restore steering and braking for safer towing.
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We continue to develop our high-quality and tough products to stay ahead of the curve. Our team is always at hand to provide you with off-road driving tips, and helping you make the most of your time on the open road with great products and accessories. To learn more about what we do, and how we can benefit your time spent off-road, speak to us today.