Goldstream RV Travelling Tips

Goldstream RV Travelling Tips

Welcome to the Goldstream RV Travelling Tips centre, here you will find handy hints and tips to get the best out of travelling with your Goldstream RV Caravan.

  • Consider purchasing a UHF Citizen Band (CB) radio. Heavy vehicles sit on channel 40 and will usually try calling you first before overtaking. When both the caravaner and the trucker speak to each other it makes highway travel a lot less stressful and safer for all concerned.
  • If traffic is building up behind you, pull over when safe to do so and allow them to overtake.
  • If a road train or heavy vehicle is approaching from the rear, do not slow down to allow them to overtake as they will have already judged the distance and taken a line of approach. Just simply maintain your current speed and position, keeping to the left.
  • On your first trip, and it’s still good advice thereafter, to set off at a quiet time when traffic is at its minimum and just take it steady until you get the feel of towing.
  • Stop and refresh regularly on long trips and use this break to check to see that everything is in order in and around the caravan.
  • If possible when reversing on to a site, approach the site to enable you to reverse in from the driver’s side (anti-clockwise direction), this will give you a clearer vision of the side of the caravan and of the site, and will allow easier and correct positioning of caravan.
  • When comfortable with this, try reversing clockwise.
  • Practice reversing in a local car park when it is quiet. Form a large circle using some buckets and practice reversing in an anti-clockwise direction, this will allow better vision.
  • For safety always have someone watching from the rear when reversing.
  • Always ensure you have fitted your towing mirrors to your car before leaving.
  • Be aware of the extra length and width when turning or over taking.
  • If you are not familiar with towing a caravan then consider attending a towing clinic.
  • You will be surprised that with a little bit of care you will be able to reduce the load in your van considerably.
  • Run your fridge for at least 24hrs prior to your trip to cool it down.
  • Spread your load evenly throughout the van, packing heavy items down low and close to the centre of the caravan over the axle.
  • Analyse your checklist on your return and delete those items not required.
  • Checklist, make up your own checklist and tick off as you pack.
  • Remember you are on holidays, there is no rush.
  • Park your van onsite and relax with a quiet cuppa or cold drink, take in the scenery, say "Hi" to your neighbour or give the kids a swim, then take your time setting everything up.
  • On arriving at your destination after a long trip, do not panic to set everything up when you first arrive.
  • Check all loose articles are stowed securely. Do not stow tins, bottles and heavy items in overhead lockers for towing.
  • Close and lock all windows, lockers, drawers, cupboard doors, roof hatches and protector shade.
  • Concertina doors – lock back with strap provided.
  • Table – Lock down tight when travelling. DO NOT over tighten as this may damage the vinyl flooring.
  • Lights – Check overhead lights and reading lamps are tight.
  • Check gas cylinders are correctly positioned, secured, and turned off. DO NOT store any other items in the gas bottle section.
  • Remove water from drain hoses and stow.
  • Check tyre conditions and pressure (See compliance plate) every 500kms.
  • Check wheel nuts. Tighten to 110 NM.
  • Fully raise all stabiliser legs.
  • Lock caravan door and keep the key with your car keys.
  • Hitch caravan to car ensuring coupling catch is in the locked position. Connect break-away chain (emergency braking device – fitted to larger vans.)
  • Connect safety chain to car. Shackles must be the same gauge as the safety chain.
  • Release caravan park brake.
  • Connect 12 pin plugs to car sockets and check road lights are functioning correctly.
  • Ensure jockey wheel is removed.
  • Ensure water tank cap is secure.
  • Check 240V electrical lead has been disconnected and stowed and inlet cover is closed.
  • Ensure roof lock down clamps are in lock position.
  • Check around caravan for items – in particular corner stabiliser leg handle, buckets, finishing rods, mats etc.
  • Adjust towing mirrors.
  • Do not allow refrigerator to operate from 12v if the tow vehicle engine is switched off.
  • Regular Checks – when travelling check all suspension, chassis components and interior fittings.
  • On arrival at site lower stabiliser legs before entering caravan.

 

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