Top tips for Trouble free First Time
Consider taking a manoeuvring
course, such as those run by The Camping and Caravanning
Club, and practice towing, reversing and parking your
Be aware of the affects of sidewinds on stability, and
donít overload your caravan at the back; that can lead
to Ďsnakingí and possible accidents.
Practice jacking the car and
caravan up before going on the trip, and make sure you
know how to change a tyre or light bulb on each vehicle.
Get your car/caravan serviced,
paying attention to the brake pads, linings and tyres.
Make sure you have a complete spare tyre/wheel
combination for the caravan.
Check the condition of the caravanís battery and check
all electrical connections and make sure they work. In
particular, check all road lighting functions.
Make sure your carís towing
bracket is sound and bolts are tightened to
manufacturer's specification. Clean the towball and
caravan hitch socket.
Carry the correct safety kit for
the countries you are driving in; in most countries on
the Continent you must carry a reflective warning
triangle and spare bulb, and a fuse kit is another
invaluable item. You can find a list of European
countries and their specific safety requirements on
www.europ-assistance.co.uk. Take a first aid kit and
torches, and pack fluorescent jackets for all occupants;
these could be lifesavers.
Be aware of the speed limits and
regulations regarding documentation, lights, passengers
etc that apply in the country/ies you travel in.
Remember to take your driving licence and your carís
logbook (vital for workshop repairs authorisation in
Europe). There is a full list of European countries and
their speed limits on www.europ-assistance.co.uk and The
Camping and Caravanning Clubís Carefree Travel service
can also provide essential information.
Take out appropriate vehicle
breakdown insurance and make sure your caravan is also
covered. One phone call gives access to help with
everything from a simple repair that gets you back on
the road to providing a replacement vehicle, emergency
accommodation or repatriating your car, caravan and