1. Read Travel Books.
There are a lot of travel books and you should consider reading at least one of them before hitting the road. Travel books will give you information about caravan parks, low cost campsites and rest areas all around New Zealand.
2. Seek Professional Advice Before Purchasing a Caravan.
To avoid ending up with below standard equipment do a thorough inspection before you make your final decision. At Baileys Caravans all our caravans have been pre-inspected and certified safe to full NZ Standards.
3. Create a Travel List.
You’ll need to make a comprehensive list of items when going on a caravan trip. The most important thing is deciding the right towing aid for your vehicle as this will make or break your outdoor experience. Other important caravanning items include: water pumps, towing mirrors, wheel chocks, portable lamps, insulation tape and of course a fire extinguisher.
4. Ensure Your Van is safe and secure.
Once you’ve gotten all the essentials, you need to ensure that your mobile home is ready to hit the highway. Check and confirm that all fittings are secure and all windows and doors are locked. Make sure that the lights of both your caravan and car are functional and your tyres are inflated right.
5. Pack light.
Because your caravan might give a “home away from home feeling”, you might be tempted to overload it. Doing this will only make the caravan heavier and more difficult to haul around. Try to pack only the things you absolutely need.
6. Take it easy.
I know that speeding down the highway may have seemed freeing in the past, but now that you have a caravan tethered to you, don’t do it! Manoeuvring something of that size will take some getting used to so you need to take as much time as you need. Ignore the honking from other motorists as low speed is what you should be aiming for. Besides, travelling at high speeds towing something will consume a lot more fuel.
7. Leave early.
It’s better to get moving before the crowd begins to gather. Driving something that heavy will definitely be much easier in light traffic.
8. Have your setup routine properly planned out.
You don’t want to be stuck spending all your resting time trying to set up your site so figure out everything before it’s time. Note that you might not get a flawless process the first time you try but like the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Although all caravans are not the same, here’s a basic rundown of what you probably should be doing. First, unhitch the caravan and activate its handbrakes. After clearing your vehicle, you proceed to lower the caravan and steady all corners. Once you’re done with this, set up your gas and water supply systems, turn on the power and voila! You’re good to go.
9. Don’t leave anything behind.
When you’re ready to get back on the road, make sure you check everything thoroughly so you don’t leave anything behind. You can even refer to your checklist. Also, check and confirm that you have turned off the gas and power as well as emptied the waste.
10. Take it serious.
Even though a caravanning trip is more of a vacation trip, one wrong move could turn everything sour. Before you head off on the journey, have a test drive just to get a handle of things. Get a couple of lessons from an experienced friend if you have to just to reduce the possibility of an unwanted surprise. At the end of the day, your caravanning trip is only as good as your caravan. You want to make sure that you have the right brand and model to make your trip worthwhile. That’s why you need to consider our Unicorn Vigo series 4. It’s spacious and easy to manoeuvre design makes it one of the best in the market today. Contact us for more information on how to go about getting one of these and begin your foray into the great New Zealand outdoors today.
If you don't yet own a caravan, you may find this handy list of Questions to ask when buying a caravan useful.