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Ten technical holiday travel tips for your caravan and tow vehicle


The end of the year holiday season is a time when many people travel to visit friends and family, or take a much-needed break.

This increase in travel all around the country means roads becoming crowded with people trying to get to their destination.

Ensuring your caravan and tow vehicle is in tip-top shape before embarking on a long trip during the holiday season is crucial for ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.

These checks can help identify and address any potential issues or problems that could arise during your trip, such as faulty brakes, damaged tires, or electrical issues.

By taking the time to perform these checks, you can help ensure that your vehicle and caravan are in good working order and ready to handle the demands of a long distance journey. Additionally, safety checks can help reduce the risk of breakdowns or accidents.

Taking the time to perform safety checks is an important step in preparing for a successful and stress-free holiday trip.

Here are ten technical checks you should consider before embarking on a long distance trip with your caravan:

Tyres: Check the tyre pressure and tread depth of both the caravan and tow vehicle. It’s also a good idea to carry a spare tyre for both the caravan and vehicle.

Brakes: Make sure the brakes on both the caravan and tow vehicle are in good working order.

Hitch and tow ball: Check that the hitch and tow ball are properly secured and tightened.

Electrical connections: Ensure that all electrical connections between the caravan and vehicle are secure and functioning properly.

Gas and water tanks: Make sure the gas and water tanks are full and the seals are in good condition.

Lights: Check that all lights on the caravan and vehicle are functioning properly, including the brake lights, indicators, and reverse lights.

Doors and windows: Ensure that all doors and windows are properly secured and functioning.

Chassis: Check the chassis of the caravan for any cracks or damage.

Suspension: Make sure the suspension on both the caravan and tow vehicle is in good working order.

Insurance and documentation: Check that you have all necessary insurance and documentation, including registration, roadworthiness certificates, and any required permits.

It’s also a good idea to perform a general safety check of the caravan and vehicle, including checking for any loose or damaged parts. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when you’re embarking on a long distance trip.


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Want your caravan serviced or repaired? Get in touch with Tuinroete Camping and Caravans to book a spot in their workshop.

Or if you want a new caravan, looking for some camping gear, or need some upgrades to your 4×4, call the team or pop in at their dealership at 16 Bolton Road, Die Voor Bay, Mossel Bay.

Or you can contact them via email by filling in the enquiry form below, and a member of the Tuinroete team will get back to you as soon as possible.


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