Forgetting to fuel up your tow vehicle
No one wants to be caught roadside in the dark with the fuel gauge needle firmly sitting on E (it happens all too often), so map out your stops using a journey planning apps such as arevo, which will also help you locate your nearest service station and compare fuel prices. Towing a caravan uses more fuel, so be mindful of your fuel economy as it will differ from regular driving. Travel at slower speeds to not only be safe but also to use less fuel.
Not doing a pre-holiday vehicle check
There are a few things you need to check before setting off on your big rig adventure, particularly if you purchased your caravan second-hand. Make sure the van's tyres are pumped up and at the correct pressure, that they have enough tread, and that the spare wheel is packed and in good condition. Double check that the brakes and vehicle lights are all working and visible, and that all towing components (such as safety chains, stabilisers and coupling socket) are in good order. And lastly, have a peek inside the van and secure any loose items, ensure any gas cylinders are switched off and that the refrigerator door is closed.
You haven't taken the caravan for a test drive
Nothing amuses a caravan park crowd more than watching a newbie try to manoeuvre their big rig into a small site with a 67-point turn. At least that’s what it can feel like. (Don’t worry, though, all the smirkers have been there and done that.) Everyone in your group who drives should practise reversing beforehand, and maybe even take a caravanning 101 course as well. Check out Tow-Ed’s suite of towing workshops which include four-wheel-drive and trip-preparation courses too.
You haven't pre-booked a campsite
You dream of an oceanfront vista from a recommended park on a stretch of coast you’ve always wanted to see – but when you get there it’s booked out. Factor in summer months (and winter in northern Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) as well as school holidays and plan ahead. Not everyone likes to schedule every inch of their adventure, but some foresight is necessary to avoid disappointment. Plus, if you book directly with the resorts, you can access exlusive rates and offers.
You haven't insured your caravan
Being prepared for any situation is key when travelling, and part of being prepared is ensuring your caravan insurance and Emergency Roadside Assistance are up to date. While we hope those scenarios never play out, being covered in the unlikely event of a breakdown - or worse - will ensure any mishaps or mistakes don't derail your entire trip.
Whether you’re hitting the open road with a caravan in tow or staying in one place, be protected for collision damage, fire, flood, theft and more anywhere in Australia with RACV Caravan & Trailer Insurance.