Loading Your Caravan Correctly
Your caravan and the safety of those travelling should be your top
priority. Loading your caravan is one thing which you always need to do
correctly otherwise you could end up in a dangerous situation or even
have an accident.
Don't overload your caravans front locker as this could exceed the caravans noseweight. This will make your outfit extremely unstable and could possibly cause a bad accident. Your insurance will also be invalidated if you exceed the noseweight. Check your car and caravan handbooks for noseweights.
Caravan Safety Rules
When loading your caravan the main rules are :
- Load heavy items (e.g. your awning) over
the caravans axle.
- Loading heavy items at the back of the caravan could
cause it to start snaking, where the caravan starts to sway from side
to side and you won't be able to control it.
- Heavy items should also be loaded directly on the floor, not high up in the caravan cupboards.
- Medium weight items (e.g. water
carriers, barbecues) should be placed on the floor, equally distributed
between the back and the front.
- Only light items can be placed in the caravan top cupboards and lockers.
- Remember, if your caravan has a fixed bed at the back,
although it is tempting, don't fill it with heavy items as this will
also cause the caravan to snake.
- Don't place all your clothes together in the wardrobe.
- Try to
spread them out around the caravan and then put them in to the wardrobe
when you arrive on site.
Make sure items are wedged in your caravan so while you are
travelling they cannot move around and cause damage.
- If they move
around while you are travelling this could also make your caravan
unstable and become dangerous.
- Don't leave water in any of the tanks and make sure your toilet
flush tank is empty.
- Leaving water in any of these tanks could also
cause the caravan to become less stable.
If you remember these simple rules for loading your caravan, your
outfit should remain stable and safe while you are on the road.
Abiding by the UK speed limits will also keep your outfit stable.
Click here for more information regarding UK speed limits when towing a caravan.
To find out more about caravan tyres, please click here.
If you have any caravan tips for being safe, please let us know.
CLICK HERE to find out about Fire Safety in Caravans.