What You Need to Know Before a Caravan Trip

Working people are getting more stressed out than ever before. People are working longer hours, sometimes holding two or even three jobs just to maintain their quality of life. Cost of living is rising year after year, house prices are at an all-time high and there is not enough time in the day to enjoy the things love. It seems to be a constant cycle in most people but caravanning is allowing us to take back control. Whether it is just a short weekend escape or an extended travel adventure, there is something special about hitching a caravan and escaping the hectic life we are all so use to.

Having a caravan can provide us with a sense of freedom along with the added convenience of being able to setup wherever we please. In addition, with the advancements in technology, some of us are lucky enough to work where we want with access to our smart devices and internet hot spots readily available. It is convenient and simple to tow a caravan but there a few things to be considered before heading off on a caravan trip, here are some great tips to prepare for your first caravan trip.

Buying a Caravan

First things first, the all important decision in finding the perfect caravan that caters for you and the family. Thing about whether you want to invest in a new caravan or do a caravan search for an pre-owned caravan. There are many options out there and you are really spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a caravan. There are budgets to suit all types of families, so shop around, speak to caravan professionals, head to caravan and camping shows and work out what you want in your caravan.

Towing and Driving

Towing a caravan is different to towing a trailer. Caravans are much larger in size and can be quite heavy. When towing a caravan, it is essential that the driver takes care on the road and drives responsibly. Smooth and proactive driving behaviour is a must, as any sudden manoeuvres can be dangerous or even prove fatal. If you’re not 100 per cent confident in towing a caravan, try taking some caravan towing lessons. Ensure the caravan you choose is compatible with your vehicle and make it a habit to check the coupling and safety chain before getting in the driver seat.

Caravan Maintenance

Much like a car, caravans need to be regularly maintained in order to keep operating at peak performance. Maintenance checks are not only part of the upkeep of a caravan but also ensures our safety is not compromised. Inspect tyres and regularly monitor the caravan’s brakes during each trip. Caravan brakes do work harder compared to car brakes, so ensure they are not overheating and take note of unusual smells or signs of smoke. You’re car also needs to be serviced regularly as your caravan will depend on it. Check oil, water, coolant levels and inspect brakes, battery, mirrors and lights.

Secure your Caravan

There is no question that caravans are expensive, so the last thing you would want is for it to go missing. Like your car, a caravan sits on wheels which make it highly mobile, so keep your car and caravan locked up whenever you are away. Having a safe to store your valuables is a great investment, but be sure to get insurance for your caravan and contents for peace of mind.

At the beginning of any adventure, it is tempting to skip all the boring stuff and head straight into the fun stuff; part of being a caravan owner is being responsible for the safety of others, it does not take a lot of your time and by performing a pre-travel safety check, you are sure to get your family to the desired destination and many more to follow.

Caravan Around Australia

There is no doubt that Australians love to travel, we live in such a big country with open space, endless roads connecting town to town and state to state. Vast pockets of our lovely land to explore, for most Australian travellers caravanning around Australia provides us with the ultimate freedom to independence to satisfy our curiosity for the beautiful country we live in.

Caravanning allows us to cover a great amount of distance, allows us to be in control of where we stay with no urgency and hassle of finding expensive accommodation and are not forced to dine at overpriced holiday eateries. Traveling at your own leisurely pace offers you flexibility in your travels whilst having access to creature comforts of a kitchen, bathroom, and comfortable bed just like at home.

Having a caravan opens up possibilities to a great outdoor adventure where Australia’s backyard is your playground. The benefits are definitely there and the only difficult decision may be choosing where to explore next on you big adventure.  However, caravanning around Australia as exciting it may be, does require a certain amount of knowledge. Whilst some of Australia’s destinations are heavily populated, there are parts where they are not and you’d be lucky to have someone passing by in some of Australia’s most remote outback regions on a dry summer’s day. Having a caravan does give you the freedom but also comes a great deal of responsibility. Planning what is required for any caravan trip and understanding the importance of having the right equipment will ensure that you are not stuck in the middle of nowhere, needing emergency caravan transport or urgent medical attention.

If you ever thought of escaping to the Australian outback or traveling around Australia, it is never too late. Come join me on this journey, an adventure to enjoy life, family and the great outback.  We’ll keep you posted on the latest in all things caravanning, helpful guides, caravan shows, things to explore and what it’s like to be an Aussie Traveller and explore this beautiful Australian country.