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March/6/2018

How to avoid touring caravan mistakes

For those of you who aren’t aware, Plassey is one of the leading touring caravan parks in North Wales. We do have some holiday homes at Plassey, but we also have some touring pitches as well. Now, if you are new to touring, you might not realise that towing a caravan is a lot more challenging than just driving a car is. The weight of the car is effectively doubled, the length of the car will also be doubled, and on top of this, you will also have to deal with the fact that there is a large hinge in the middle of the car and the caravan!

So yes, towing a caravan can be a scary prospect, but one you shouldn’t shy away from. Here are six common mistakes people make when towing, that you should try to avoid:

 

Extension Mirrors

A lot of problems that people encounter when towing caravans could be avoided by the use of extension mirrors. They are not required by law as such, but there is a law that states that if you are towing a caravan, you need to be able to see four metres from the side of the caravan at a 20-metre distance from the driver. The majority of cars are narrower than the typical caravan, so in reality, extension mirrors are a must.

 

Excessive Speed

If you are a confident driver, having to stick to 60mph on the motorway can seem a bit slow, and you may be tempted to speed up. Don’t. Not only do you run the risk of getting a ticket but you also run the risk of the caravan snaking which can end in disaster.

 

Ignoring Instructions

Asking for help if you are new to towing, is the best thing you can do. Both the Camping and Caravanning Club and the Caravan and Motorhome club offer courses aimed at new caravan towers, and it is a wise thing to take one of these to ensure you are a confident caravan driver before you set off on your first journey.

 

Safe Loading

Loading is one of the most important factors when it comes to safe towing. When you are loading your car and/or your caravan you should ensure heavy items are loaded low down and as close to the axle as possible. Many people make the mistake of loading things under the fixed mattress at the back of their caravan as it keeps things neat and tidy, but this can weigh the caravan like a pendulum and increase the risk of instability.

 

The 85% Rule

Both major caravan clubs recommend that you tow a caravan that is no more than 85% of the weight of your existing car, but this is just a suggestion and not a hard and fast rule. You need to look into what the legal towing limit of your particular car is and not exceed that.

 

Tyre Pressure

Another aspect of safe towing that is often overlooked is tyre pressure. Checking both your car and your caravan tyre pressures regularly will ensure they are not over or under-inflated and this will help stability.

 

Whether you are a new tower, or have been towing your van for years and are looking for somewhere to stay, then please give the friendly team at Plassey a call on 01978 780 277 or send us an email to enquiries@plassey.com

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