Download your FREE digital Camp and Live Guide or Kamp en Leef Gids here!
close [X]

Check your Caravan

Category: Practical Advice Final Check Lists | Author: CaravanParks.com |  Date posted:  | Impressions: 119280   9022

Check your Caravan before each journey

The driver, that’s you, of the tow vehicle has the responsibility for the safe operation of the caravan you are towing, and you need to carry out the following checks:

  • Is the caravan load correctly distributed i.e. not too much or too little nose weight? Heavier items, tent etc. to be placed over the axle of the caravan.

  • Is the load within the caravan’s official GVM. (Gross Vehicle Mass)? I.e. not overloaded. To check the Gross Vehicle Mass, the GVM is stamped on the tag on the tow hitch of the caravan.

  • Is the actual Gross Vehicle Mass (Loaded weight of the caravan) being towed within the towing vehicle manufacturer's recommended maximum towing limit? The towed vehicle (caravan) GVM must not exceed the Tare of the tow vehicle (your car). To check the Tare (unloaded weight) of the motor vehicle, you will find the Tare details on your motor vehicles’ license disk.

  • Is the cable and plug connecting the lights from the tow vehicle and caravan undamaged and plugged in?

  • Are all the caravan lights (Tail lights, stop lights and indicators) undamaged and working correctly? You should check this every time you hitch the caravan to your motor vehicle.

  • Is the correct number plate fitted on the rear of the caravan? (Check just in case!)

  • Is the breakaway cable or chain undamaged and correctly connected, to a suitable point on the tow bar of the towing vehicle?

  • Have you fitted the stabilizer correctly and according to the manufacturers’ specifications?

  • Are the tyre pressures correct? You will find the recommended caravan tyre pressure on the wheel arch of the caravan. If not, contact your nearest Caravan dealer for tyre pressure of your make and model of caravan.

  • Also make sure that your motor vehicles tyre pressures are correct.

  • Are you satisfied that the wheel nuts of the caravan are tightened correctly– have you checked?

  • Is the caravan correctly coupled to the motor vehicles’ tow ball?

  • Is the caravan level. Not excessively nose down or nose up. The caravan should preferably slightly nose down, as opposed to nose up.

  • Make sure the nose weight of the caravan is as per the tow hitch recommended specifications. This information is usually found on the caravan’s tow hitch. If not, please consult your nearest caravan dealer for this information.

  • Are the jockey wheel and any corner steadies fully wound up and secure?

CaravanParks.com

Latest News

11176

L8 - DIE WATERGAT 25 - 29 April 2022

Club | News
Everyone arrived on Monday the 25 April. First the Lawrences and Bond-Smiths and then the Browns and Conradies in the morning and later in the day the Pieters arrived. We were fortunate to have the whole camp to ourselves the whole time we were there and had perimeter security beams that we could activate via remote at night with Vetus Scola on standby, should the alarm be triggered. The campsites have lovely green lawn, a boma with 2 fridges, work surfaces, 2 big benches and a huge firepit. The ablutions were 3 combined toilet and shower rooms, 1 shower room and 1 toilet all with individual doors. The weather was good and we had very little wind and every evening was spent round the fire and sitting eating our meal under the boma.
Author Trekkers Outdoor Recreation Club
Impressions 22726
79
11159

2016 Bmw X6 X-Drive 40d M Sport

Product | Specials
THIS X6 COMES WITH A FULL SERVICE RECORD, PARK ASSIST CAMERA, PDC FRONT & REAR, FOG LIGHTS, LED LIGHTS, SUNROOF, ROOF RAILS, 20" RIMS, BLUETOOTH, NAVIGATION, PADDLE SHIFT GEARS, CRUISE CONTROL, AUX, USB, KEYLESS START, BMW SOS FUNCTION, POWERED TAILGATE, DRIVE MODE SELECTION AND MANY MANY MORE. CALL US TODAY FOR NATIONWIDE DELIVERY. TRADE-IN WELCOM. WE CAN ASSIST WITH FINANCE THROUGH ALL MAJOR BANKS. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!!
Author Botha en Deysel Executive Motors
Impressions 45270
291
Stay home and stay safe, visit the official website: sacoronavirus.co.za