Have you finally taken the plunge and invested in that new caravan you’ve been wanting, but need some guidance on how to get on the road towards an exciting and entertaining holiday? Not to worry! In this helpful blog, we give you some top tips on how to get your caravan on the road, and how to make the most out of your first journey for that added peace of mind.

Insuring a Caravan

Having a caravan can be both amazing a freeing. However, before you hit the road, it is important to think about insuring your caravan to protect you, your vehicle and other road users in an unexpected event. Caravan insurance isn’t just about covering your financial losses, it is about enjoying your adventures with the reassurance that bumps in the road (literally and metaphorically) won’t limit your desire to travel. There is an array of insurance comparison sites that can help you compare quotes for your caravan, and with the average price of caravan insurance at £135.72 per year, it is a small price to pay for this protection and peace of mind.

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Towing a Caravan

Hitching a caravan may feel intimidating at first, but it’s all about taking things step by step. First you need to check the towing capacity of your vehicle. This is normally found in the vehicle handbook. If you can’t find it, it is a good idea to check online or contact your car’s dealership and ask them. When hitching your trailer, ensure that you park on firm, level ground and place wheel chocks behind your caravan for added stability. Then lower the tow hitch using the provided lever to attach the hitch to your vehicle’s receiver. Connect the lines to the plug located by your tow hook to ensure all lights work. Finally, remember to adjust your mirrors and be prepared that with a caravan, your car will brake slower than you are used to, so anticipate stopping earlier.

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Speed Limits and Road Rules

Another key piece of information that caravanners sometimes forget is that there are different speed limits and road rules. Before towing, it is always best to read the highway code and laws around towing a vehicle.

 

  • For motorways and dual carriageways (regularly 70mph) speed limits for towing vehicles are 60mph. On motorways with 3 lanes or more, caravans and towing vehicles are not allowed to travel in the right-hand lane, unless there are lane closures.
  • For single carriageways (regularly 60mph) towing vehicles are required to travel a maximum of 50mph.
  • Finally for built-up areas (regularly 30mph) the speed limit remains the same even when towing.
  • A further thing to note is that if your caravan is wider than your towing vehicle, you will need extended towing mirrors to ensure proper visibility and safety.

 

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Top Gadgets to Help You on Your Trip

When going on a caravan trip, there are always gadgets that can help make your travels easier safer, and more entertaining; from simple items such as camping chairs, lights and speakers, to high-tech gadgets like mini projectors to watch movies under the stars. Consider investing in small but handy tools like portable power banks for charging devices on the go, or compact multi-tools for various needs, ensuring you are well prepared for any adventure that comes your way. Whatever it is, you can enhance your caravanning experience with these small gadgets that can help a great deal!

 

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Storing your Caravan at the End of Your Adventure

When the holiday season comes to an end, it is important that you store your caravan in a safe and secure environment. Beehive Storage offers state-of-the-art caravan storage facilities to keep your precious caravan in safe hands. Beehive’s caravan storage facility boasts a plethora of safety features. From 24/7 CCTV monitoring, lighting and alarm systems, as well as the imminent addition of 24-hour access to the site, trust in Beehive to keep your motorhome safe and sound.

 

As we wrap up this helpful guide, we hope that you are feeling well-prepared and excited for your caravanning adventures!

 

When the caravanning season comes to an end and all of your adventures are complete, don’t hesitate to visit Beehive Storage and arrange for your caravan to be safely secured at our Dorset site.