You’ve become familiar with your Euro Caravan. You know where everything is, you’ve kept your caravan well maintained, and you’re ready to pack for your on-road adventure.
Here is a pre-safety checklist to use as a guide of the key items you need to take care of before hitting the road.
Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. If you haven’t had your vehicle serviced lately, getting a service done before a big trip is advisable. The last thing you need is to breakdown in outback Australia.
Check your vehicle is suitable to tow the caravan. Make sure you know your towing limits & check your ball weight with the Proseries Ball Weight Scales.
Ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct level, including your spare tyre. Check what the recommended tyre pressure is for your vehicle when towing.
Outside the caravan
The coupling is secured to your tow vehicle.
The safety chains are in good condition and properly secured to both drawbar and tow vehicle.
Brake Away cables (if fitted) are connected from your van to the designated anchor point on your tow vehicle.
The handbrake engages and releases cleanly (and remains released before you set off).
The towbar wiring insulation is in good shape and that the plug and socket are free from dirt before connecting.
Any additional power supply plugs between the tow vehicle and your van are clean and connected.
The lights work (brakes, indicators, reverse, parking lights, side lights, and number plate). You’ll need a second person to help with this.
The tyres on your caravan are in good condition and pumped to correct pressure.
All wheel nuts present and tightened.
The battery is in good condition and charging.
The brakes engage and release (run it around the block before leaving).
Your jockey wheel is there, either raised and secured or stowed away.
Your spare tyre is there and pumped up.
Your caravan’s corner stabilisers work and are fully raised.
The water tank is full.
The gas bottles are full, turned off and secured.
Any other tools, accessories, awnings and aerials are secured.
The 240V mains is disconnected.
Inside the caravan
Secure everything that can break, cause damage or make a mess.
The fire extinguisher is present, in good condition and has not expired.
The fridge door is securely closed.
Cupboards, drawers and doors are closed and secured.
The items stored inside your caravan does not exceed the maximum recommended weight.
Any open windows are closed in case you hit rain or dust.
Both 240V and 12V electrics work.
The gas and electrics are turned off.
Interior lights work.
You have spare light bulbs and tubes.
Water pumps and drains are clear and flow freely.
The toilet operates.
The toilet cassette is emptied.
You have toilet chemicals.
Make sure you pack a toolbox with tools for the car and caravan. Also include:
– Wheel brace
– Wheel chocks
– Tyre blocks
– Jack plate
We know that there’s a lot to think of before hitting the open road, so use our caravan safety checklist to ensure that you and everyone else with you stays safe and happy.
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