How to pack your caravan
Pack items centrally and above the axle, but be aware that overloading above the axle can cause undue stress. Heavier items should be packed in your car boot. Leave water tanks empty, secure drawers and cupboards with bungee cords. Remember, if your caravan is not packed correctly or is overloaded, you may invalidate your insuranceDave Jenkins, journalist
Pay attention to caravan security
An unattended caravan should be secured by a wheelclamp, hub lock, hitchlock, a security post, or a selection of these. If you store your van at a friend or relative's address inform your insurer and, if you're using a caravan storage site, pick one approved by the Caravan Storage Site Owners' Association (CaSSOA)Dave Jenkins, journalist
Take care of your caravan tyres
Your van is unused for most of the year and tyres are its only point of contact with the road, so tyre maintenance is critical. Check the pressure, tread and condition. Consider safety wheel bands, the most common being Tyron Bands - in the event of a blow-out they will reinforce the wheel and help keep the van steadyDave Jenkins, journalist
Take care of your caravan brakes
The brakes should be properly serviced. Make sure there is still plenty of friction material and that nothing has seized while the caravan has been standing. Wheel nuts should be torqued to the correct figure, and lights should also be checkedIan Crowder, AA spokesman
Watch your speed when towing
Insurers will take a dim view of customers who end up scattering the contents of their holiday home all over the motorway if it becomes obvious that speed was an issue. Remember - the speed limit when towing in the UK is 50mph on single carriageway roads and 60mph on dual carriageways and motorwaysIan Crowder, AA spokesman
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To understand more on all such areas, try our caravan insurance guides, where you'll also find the answers to frequently asked questions. The guides deal with the different types of caravan insurance options, including use by family and friends, third party cover, public liability, fatal injury and insurance for contents and personal effects.
Read about things to look for on your policy, including exclusions relating to valuables, awnings, unforced entry, mechanical and electrical breakdown, wear and tear, mildew, vermin, storm damage, accidental damage, trade use, or use as a permanent residence. There's also information on the B+E test, a guide to towing, a guide to tyres, security tips, and advice on what to take on a camping trip.
Did you know...?
- There are over 500,000 caravans on the road in the UK
- One in every 100 British adults is a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club
- If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January, 1997, you may need to take an additional driving examination to tow a caravan, known as the B+E test