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A Checklist for Caravan Holidays

April 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 250

When planning a caravan holiday, the very first item on your list is, obviously, the caravan itself! If you don't already have one, there are a number of ways you can buy new and used caravans for sale. Many dealerships have both new and second-hand models. You can buy from a private party through a classified advert or you can purchase one online. One important piece of advice that experts offer when people are interested in buying used caravans for sale is to make sure the seller is the true owner, and that it is not stolen goods.

If you are new to this type of holiday, you will need more than one checklist. These may be classified into 'things you need to take' and 'things you need to do'. Your packing list may be subdivided into items for the car, the caravan, personal items and documents. Your 'things to do' list should have separate sections for tasks to be achieved before you leave home and things you need to do when you arrive at your holiday destination. Here, we concentrate on the absolute essentials to pack or keep permanently in your caravan.

External towing mirrors - If you cannot see behind the caravan, you will be pulled over and later prosecuted.

Car Number Plate - There was a time when you could get away with stuffing a piece of cardboard in the rear caravan window. This is no longer legal. If you do not have a regulation number plate, you will be prosecuted. A court summons is not the kind of memento you want to put into your holiday scrapbook.

Caravan steps - This is a safety issue. It makes it easier to get in and out of your home away from home at your campsite.

Steady Winder - This is a handle for operating your corner steadies. A corner steady is a jack built into the corners of the caravan. It helps keep the caravan upright while people are walking around inside and stabilises it in the wind.

You will also need containers for both fresh and waste water. Don't mess around with plastic bottles of water, even the 5 litre ones. Buy a purpose built one for your fresh water. For waste water, a special container may not be necessary if you are certain there will be pitch drainage on site, but it is best not to leave this to chance.

Submersible pump - This is used to transfer fresh water from your container to the taps and heater in the caravan.

Hitchlock and wheel clam - Always secure your caravan whenever you stop on the road, even if it's just a few minutes at a petrol station.

Mains electric hook-up lead - This is necessary if your campsite has electricity. You will need to bring your own lead to connect to the local supply.

Stabiliser - Although most new caravans already have these, if yours does not, you will need to remember to bring it with you. This is probably best stored inside the caravan itself.

Leisure battery - especially if your campsite does not provide electricity.

Dry powder fire extinguisher - 600 g - 1 kg capacity.

Laminate your list and use a whiteboard marker to tick off the items as you pack.

Happy Holidays!

Michael P Richards is writing on behalf of North Western Caravans, specialists in Used Caravans for Sale and Used Caravan Dealers

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