First Caravanning Experience

By: Thomas Pretty

For those about to embark on their first caravan experience there is a few pointers to ensure your holidays are stress free and as enjoyable as possible. Whether looking at used or new caravans there are vital elements to remember. If you do not go through a logical checklist you may find yourself stuck with a caravan you cannot tow or will resemble a colander rather than a shelter.

The first concern when considering a used or new caravan is the power of your towing vehicle. There is little point in obtaining a caravan that your vehicle will not be able to pull; it will also do your car's engine no good at all. Finding you cannot pull your caravan up a hill will be an awful start to your holiday and the train of cars behind will not thank you for travelling at a snails pace.

When heading to you local dealer to have a look at either used or new caravans, make sure to take an experienced caravanner with you. Things they will know to look for, considerations such as the quality of the brakes and wheel bearings, as well as the state of the electronics. Although these can be considered relatively minor problems that are quite cheap to remedy, you do not want a used caravan that has a history of faults.

The most important thing to remember when looking at used caravans is damp. The walls and floors are especially susceptible to damp and should be checked thoroughly. Another concerns should be the seals around the windows, doors and vents, these should be in good order to prevent leaks. If you see any form of damp or poor sealing walk away and try somewhere else, it will cost a fortune to fix.

Before you begin your caravanning experience there are a number of things that must be sorted out that are totally devoid of the actual used or new caravan. One of these is the tow bar that must be fitted to your car. Getting a tow bar specialist to assist is advisable. Not only will a professional be able to fix a tow bar securely, they will also be able to ensure the electronic connection is correct, meaning your fridge will not defrost while you are en route.

Another factor devoid of your new or used caravan is your current driving license. Those who passed their test before 1997 will have no problems as restrictions do not apply. If you passed after this date there are various weight and towing restrictions placed upon you. There may also be restrictions placed upon your license if you suffer from a variety of illnesses.

Once you have made it home with your new or used caravan take your time before you embark on your first caravan holiday. Use your driveway to ensure everything is working properly. Make sure water, waste and electric systems are all working correctly and you understand how everything works. It may even be worth spending a night or two staying in your caravan whilst at home, this will allow you to iron out any problems before you travel.

Just like cars, caravans need regular servicing, with used caravans this should be completed by the dealer, but is always worth checking. A good rule of thumb is to service your caravan every one or two years if it has been used on a regular basis. It is possible to do this yourself although the use of professional services is always advisable.

If you follow these helpful tips your caravanning experience should always be a pleasurable one. Whether looking at a used or new caravan for your first journey this advise will ensure you do not 'get stung' and walk away with a caravan that will bring you years of unbridled enjoyment.

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