Towing a caravan is a different experience to driving a car and it comes with additional risks and precautions. The latest caravan models are equipped with high-quality safety features that take away some of the stress and pressure of the journey. In this article, Canterbury Caravans is exploring some of the latest safety features that you simply can’t get on the road without.
Electronic Stability Control
The Electronic Stability Control system marks a revolution in caravanning safety. This system is designed to provide the best response to caravan sway in critical situations by braking all wheels simultaneously as soon as sideways movements are detected. This works to bring the vehicle back into line in a controlled way, avoiding dangerous and expensive accidents.
Electric Brake Controllers
Due to the huge amount of weight, your caravan will be equipped with brakes no matter what. An electric brake controller can be manually adjusted to apply the right amount of braking force for different situations and caravan requirements. Modern technology allows these systems to boost the brake power during caravan sway or steep descents, allowing for additional control and safety.
Although relatively simple, jockey wheels are highly important when you’re manoeuvring your caravan. If this feature breaks while you’re in a remote area, you’ll understand what we’re talking about. High-quality swivelling jockey wheels add safety and convenience because you don’t have to remove or store them. There are also motorised or hydraulic jockey wheels that are offered in upmarket caravans and remove the stress from setting up.
Tips for Towing Your Caravan Safely
When you’re towing a new or second-hand caravan, you’ll want the best towing equipment to ensure your safety on the road. Read our tips below for safely towing a caravan.
- Get a mechanical check on your caravan and towing vehicle before you leave
- Leave an extra 20m between you and the next vehicle — even more in wet conditions
- Check the gas bottles are switched off while you’re travelling
- Secure the doors, windows, latches and hatches before you leave
- Practise reversing in an open space so you can learn how the van moves
- Travel at a slower speed and in a low gear when moving downhill
- Secure all loose items in the caravan while you’re in motion
- Don’t let anyone travel inside the caravan while you’re moving — this is also against the law and can result in massive fines
Finding Your New Caravan in Bayswater
To find a new or second-hand caravan for sale that is equipped with all of the latest safety features, speak to the team at Canterbury Caravans. We will discuss your precise needs and find the perfect van for you. We also specialise in custom-built caravans so you can pick and choose your desired features. Call us on 03 9729 8188 or contact us online today.
Caravanning with the whole family can be an unforgettable experience when you come prepared. Bored kids can be a nightmare for parents who are just trying to relax, so Canterbury Caravans has come up with this guide to keeping the kids entertained in a caravan. Read our tips below and get in touch to find your dream caravan today.
Plan Ahead Before You Go
Successful holidays occur when you’re well prepared. Plan ahead by packing everything you need for certain activities, including glue, string, paper, colouring-in books, pencils and scissors. These items don’t require much space and you can keep the kids entertained for hours with arts and crafts.
Certain items can be extremely versatile, such as ropes for knotting or tug of war, totem tennis or outdoor games that you can pack away easily. Use plastic storage containers for toys, stationery, clothes and treasures.
Entertaining Kids While You Drive
We all know the classic games like I Spy, 20 Questions and Road Bingo, so be prepared to play these games hundreds of times. Load some of your children’s favourite movies onto an iPad to keep them occupied on longer journeys and keep audiobooks and CDs on hand for travelling singalongs.
Finding Fun at the Campsite
When you arrive at a caravan park, take the kids for a walk to check out the different features and make sure they know how to find their way around. Many caravan parks have pools or kids centres to keep them occupied. Take them on an excursion to collect random items like driftwood, shells and interesting stones then inspect your findings after dinner.
Use Google to make sure your chosen caravan park is child-friendly or call ahead to find out. You’ll want to know what activities are on offer nearby and check if the park has noise restrictions. Certain features like a baby changing area or communal BBQ can make all the difference when you arrive at your caravan park.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Books
Even if your children aren’t avid readers, they are bound to enjoy certain genres of fiction. Find out what interests your family and stock up on exciting books for them to read. A good book can transport you to another place and keep you busy for hours, which is fantastic when the parents want a moment to relax.
Finding a Family-Friendly Caravan
To avoid fights and frustration on your journey, you’ll want a caravan that has plenty of space and creature comforts. Speak to the Bayswater caravan dealers at Canterbury Caravans to discover the right-sized caravan that suits your budget. Call us on 03 9729 8188 or contact us online today.
Towing a caravan requires additional driving skills, equipment and safety precautions. The first step to ensuring your safety and comfort on the road is making sure your vehicle is capable of towing the weight of your caravan. Read the guide below to understand the towing regulations in Australia so you’re fully prepared to get on the road.
How Does Towing Affect Your Vehicle?
Safe towing starts with finding a vehicle that suits the weight of your trailer. You can either choose a new vehicle to match the weight of your caravan or the other way around. A well-designed set up will make your journey far more comfortable.
Towing a caravan affects your vehicle in many ways, including:
- Decreased acceleration
- Decreased brake performance
- Reduced vehicle control
- Reduced manoeuvrability
- Increased fuel consumption
Assessing the Needs of Your Tow Vehicle
When you’re choosing the right combination, there are a few important things to consider that will affect the overall weight. Consider how many passengers you will be carrying, how heavy your equipment, tools and camping gear will be, if there are any modifications made to your vehicles such as bull bars and roof racks, and what the load is inside your caravan.
Your caravan may be stocked up with water tanks, gas bottles, food and drinks, clothing, accessories and toys, cooking utensils, and safety equipment. Assess the overall weight of these items when added to the weight of your caravan so that you aren’t hit with any surprise problems when you start towing.
A Guide to Understanding Your Towing Capacity
Many vehicles will come with a maximum towing capacity guide, and you should always ask your caravan dealers about what kind of vehicle will suit your van. As a general guide, your caravan can weigh 1.5 times the unloaded mass of the vehicle if it has been fitted with appropriate brakes.
Legal requirements for towing include:
- Your vehicle must be registered and roadworthy
- You must have a rear number plate on your caravan
- Towbars and couplings must not cover the towing vehicle’s number plate or rear lights when the caravan isn’t connected
- You may only tow one caravan or trailer at a time
- Must have electric brakes & towing mirrors
- People cannot ride in the caravan while you are moving
Tips for Driving with a Caravan Attached
Driving with a caravan attached to your vehicle means you need to adjust some of your driving habits. Remember to:
- Allow for the extra length and width of the caravan when merging into traffic
- Prepare for the caravan cutting corners and curves
- Accelerate, brake and steer gently to avoid swaying
- Prepare for crosswinds, passing traffic and uneven road surfaces
- Leave a longer distance for stopping
- Leave longer distances and drive slower in inclement weather
- Use a lower gear when travelling downhill to reduce strain on your brakes and keep your car easy to control
- Don’t hold up traffic — pull off the road whenever it is safe to do so, especially on single-lane highways
- Practice reversing and have someone watch the rear of the caravan when you do
- Allow more time and distance to overtake
Find Safe Caravans for Sale, Melbourne
At Canterbury Caravans, we will help you find a van that suits your towing vehicle. We can offer expert advice and purchasing assistance to ensure you are safe and comfortable on the road. Browse our Bayswater caravans to find a huge range of new and second-hand caravans for sale. Call us on 03 9729 8188 or contact us online today.
2020 Caravan, camping & touring super show
Canterbury Caravans will be showcasing their new 2020 range with Paramount & Viscount caravans at the Victorian Caravan, camping & touring super show.
Great savings to be had across the range with some great discounts on ex demo 2019 models & show packages.
The Paramount range will have the new stunning homestead for those looking for a different look on the internal of the caravan. There will also be the release of the full off road 17′ Intrepid. Both models new to the Market place and will be worth a look
The all new Viscount range will also be on display with very competitive pricing & amazing build quality. This range will certainly impress those who are budget orientated with an eye for detail.
For the families will have a massive display of Xtenda, toy haulers & traditional full caravans for you to see. Our Paramount range along with the Viscount range will offer competitive pricing and an extensive range.
Are you looking forward to retiring and travelling around Australia as a Grey Nomad? This lifestyle is becoming more and more attractive to the older generation because it brings with it financial and physical freedom. In this article, we’re giving you our top 5 tips to successfully living the grey nomad lifestyle in your brand-new caravan.
Firstly, What Is A Grey Nomad?
You may have heard the term before but there are some misunderstandings about what a grey nomad is. A grey nomad is 55 years or older and is taking a long-term trip around Australia in a motorhome, caravan, camper trailer or tent.
There are different kinds of grey nomads; for example, the spontaneous kind without any plans, the well-researched destination hopper, and the rigorously planned nomad who can’t leave home without the kitchen sink. No matter what your travel style is, we have tips to help any grey nomad make their trip successful and comfortable.
1. Take Care of Your Health and Safety
The key to staying safe on your journey is to prepare for anything. Make sure you choose a caravan with the latest safety features, or have them installed by a professional. These include breakaway and stability systems, a reversing camera and well-maintained brakes.
Many grey nomads run into issues when they go camping a far distance from medical supplies and healthcare professionals. Make sure you have everything you need from the pharmacy and you’ve checked with your doctor before you get on the road. Know where your nearest emergency clinic is no matter where you stop.
2. Technology Is Your Best Friend
There is one thing you can’t live without when you get on the road, and that’s the internet. It can be tricky to stay connected in rural parts of Australia due to a lack of phone signal, but getting a dongle or a portable modem will save you a lot of trouble.
This tip isn’t about being able to check your emails; it’s more about knowing when there are weather warnings or local news updates, being able to find important contact details in an emergency and staying in control of your internet banking.
3. Set a Financial Strategy
You’ll need to ensure you have the financial stability to support yourself while you’re no longer working. Set a budget and stick with it for the entire time you’re on the road, making sure you take food, travel costs, insurance, emergencies, and caravan maintenance into account.
You may be able to continue receiving a pension, rental income or annuities while you’re travelling, so look into these additional forms of income to help you live the grey-nomad life for longer.
4. Plan for Your Return Home
Although you’re probably not thinking about coming back before you’ve even left, you will need to have a plan for when you return home. After a long period away, make sure you still have the funds to support yourself when the nomadic life ends.
What will you do with your caravan when you’re finished with it? Will you still have somewhere to live? How much money will you need to support yourself? These are all important things to consider before you start planning any long-term travel.
5. Find the Right Caravan for Your Needs
Being safe and comfortable during a long-term trip comes down to purchasing the right caravan. Speak to our caravan dealers in Bayswater, Melbourne to find the perfect vehicle that suits your precise budget. We have new and second-hand caravans for sale right now, so call Canterbury Caravans on 03 9729 8188 or contact us online today.
So, you’ve finally made the plans to go away on the trip you deserve. Taking time off and hitting the road for months at a time takes a whole extra level of planning, preparing and packing in comparison with a simple weekend trip away. In this article, Canterbury Caravans is here to teach you how to prepare for long-haul caravan trips.
Practise with Shorter Trips First
If you’ve only recently purchased your first caravan, it’s important to get to know how the vehicle works before embarking on a long journey. Try to make time for a few weekends away at locations that are close to home and easy to get back from.
By practising first, you can familiarise yourself with setting up and packing down your van and equipment. You’ll also gain an understanding of the amount of food and personal items you’ll need to pack for each day.
Prepare Your Caravan
It’s vital that you schedule a service for both your caravan and your towing vehicle. The last think you want is to break down in a remote area of Australia so book in for a complete service with your trusted mechanic. If you have an older van, it may also be a good idea to get your internal appliances serviced, including the air conditioner and refrigerator.
Make Sure Your Home Is Looked After
If you’re leaving for 6 months to a year, you’ll want to ensure your home is either rented out or looked after by a close friend. A house sitter is a good idea to look after pets, plants, collecting mail and maintaining the property. You could also make money by renting the place out, allowing you to travel for even longer.
Packing for a Long-Haul Trip
The first step to packing is understanding your van’s legal weight limit. Start by packing everything you think you’ll need and then start ruthlessly culling to trim the fat. Pack the bare minimum: a week’s worth of clothes, basic kitchen items, etc. The less you pack, the better your caravan will travel on the road.
Finding the Right Caravan for Your Needs
A long-haul trip requires a different kind of caravan. You’ll want an ensuite and all the basic appliances that you would have at home. A well-equipped kitchenette will save you money as you travel along, and that’s incredibly important when you plan on travelling for long periods of time.