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Beginner’s Guide to Towing your Caravan

If you’re new to caravanning or a bit nervous about towing, we’ve pulled together some caravan towing hints and tips including how to handle reversing, something many people have difficulties with.

Towing Weights
First of all what you need to do is find out the weight of your caravan. Then you need to add your estimated cargo weight to give you your total towing weight. Then simply look at your car’s manual or contact the car dealer to find out hot much weight your vehicle can tow.

Hitching Up
Most caravans have a trailer hitch, crank wheel, electric hook up, coupler, latch and lock, safety chains and handbrake at the front. Make sure you do your research on all of these before attempting to hitch your caravan.
Line up the hitch ball on your vehicle with the coupler on the caravan. Then its just a matter of lowering the caravan by turning the crank handle. Raise the handle to unlock the coupler and let the ball move into position.

Caravan towing tips
You will know when your car is attached to the caravan as when you try to lift it up again the car will come with it. If you’re having difficulty attaching the caravan then hop up and down on it to make sure it’s fitted properly.
Once attached, make sure the lock is secure above the coupler and fix the safety chain. Then you need to plug the electrics in and do checks with the lights and load position on the road.
This is quite important as you might lose part of it on a bumpy road if its running too low at the back!

Towing final checks lights
Keep in mind that when you are manoeuvring the caravan by hand into position to hitch it up, the smallest bumps and holes in the road surface can make it move forwards rapidly.

On The Road
In most cases a caravan is wider than the vehicle pulling it so add extra mirrors to ensure you can see everything. Also make sure you know the dimensions of your caravan when driving through tight spaces. You don’t want it getting stuck!
When driving on the road you should take corners wider than normal making sure your caravan doesn’t hit the kerb or other obstructions at the side of the road.

Caravans catch fire in Chard and Humberside

A caravan has been completely destroyed after a suspected arson attack on the A358 in Chard.

Police and fire service were called to the scene shortly after 11pm last night (March 26).

Two fire engines from Chard were called to reports of a caravan on fire at the location.

On arrival crews discovered one abandoned caravan well alight.

Crews used two breathing apparatus, one compressed air foam jet and one thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire and make sure it was safe.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said that the caravan was 100 per cent damaged by the fire.

The police were also requested to attend this incident.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: “We’re investigating after a caravan parked in a layby on the A358 near Chard was damaged by fire.

Meanwhile, a caravan caught fire whilst being towed on the A165 near Beeford, Humberside when a suspected electrical fault caused the freezer to catch fire.

No injuries were reported in both incidents.

Tips for Caravan Spring Cleaning

The sun is out, flowers are blooming and the summer is near so why not treat your caravan to a bit of Spring cleaning?

We've collected tips from professionals to get your caravan sparkling clean and fresh.

  • Use a good quality cleaner. The cleaning detergent you use on your car is suitable for your caravan too. Use a good quality cleaner to remove hard to get rid off dirt and leave your caravan clean and shiny.
  • Avoid high-pressure cleaners. High water pressure can be too strong for caravans, water could get through weak seals and tiny gaps. Avoid using them and use a standard garden hose instead.
  • Wash from the top down. Clean the roof first and work your way down. This means you’re getting the worst of the dirt off the areas you’re yet to wash, and also prevents washed areas from being covered in dirty run-offs. To reach the top of your caravan, you’ll need a sponge or brush on a pole, and perhaps a stepladder (but be careful, it's slippery when wet!).
  • Avoid chemicals on canvas. If your caravan has a fabric roof or awning be careful when using chemicals as they can wear through the material. Simply wash any fabrics with water and a brush, and ensure the canvas is completely dry before folding it back up to avoid mould and mildew.
  • Clean those windows. Grab a glass cleaner and paper towel, and get scrubbing for streak-free windows and mirrors.
  • Dry it well. To avoid those dreadful water spots after washing, wipe using a dry towel or chamois to remove water residue and leave it clean and shiny.
  • Cleaning the inside. Cleaning the inside of your caravan is much like cleaning your home. Vacuum the floor, dust all surfaces, wipe out the cupboards and freshen up the fridge. If you use the same cleaning products as you use at home, you’ll get similar results.

It's important to keep your caravan clean regularly so why not clean it as part of you caravan maintenance to keep it in tip top shape.

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