The best tips for caravan and motorhome users in 2021!

Now that restrictions have officially lifted in the UK, many of us will be gearing up our caravan’s and motorhomes after a long year without travel.

However, if you are new to travelling in a caravan or motorhome, or you’re simply a little rusty after not travelling for a year – it can make your first trip back slightly overwhelming.

Not to fear! We have put together a list of tips that are suitable whether you’re a newbie or an experienced caravan or motorhome, driver. The pandemic has changed a lot of things, travel included, so these tips are relevant for right now!

Tip 1 – Do your Research

Like most businesses, campsites have had to make a lot of adjustments following the pandemic, which is why it’s always best to do your research. Spend time planning the destination where you want to stay to make sure it’s available, as well as making sure the facilities match what you’re looking for (dog walks, children’s playgrounds, etc).

You should also review the policies the site has to make sure if it has been updated, then you are fully aware of what you need to do upon arrival and during your stay. Some sites have changed their arrival times, usage of shared facilities and so on, so be sure to check this when booking your stay.

Tip 2 – Make a list

In the flurry of excitement knowing that you’re going to a campsite, you may miss an item off your packing list that could cause quite an inconvenience. Most supermarkets do still have quite limited stock of items, so the last thing you want is to be stuck without a general household item during your trip.

Make a list before taking off, so that you don’t forget anything and can enjoy your trip without worry. If you aren’t sure what to take with you, check out our list of essential items here.

Tip 3 – Test everything

Most people’s motorhomes and caravans have now been parked up for the best part of a year which is a lot longer than winter storage! Before heading off, make sure you do all the essential checks on your vehicle to ensure there are no nasty surprises when you hit the road. If you aren’t sure what needs checking, you can use one of our previous blogs about getting your caravan or motorhome ready for the season. You can read this here.

Tip 4 – Pro-tect It

You have waited all this time to go back to a campsite, so the last thing you want is to turn up with damage to your vehicle. Unfortunately, this is more likely to happen than you may consider with things like road chips, dirt and gravel all being likely to damage your vehicle.

However, you can protect it with Pro-Tec Covers! Our towing jacket is designed to keep your caravan safe on the road when in transit.

Get ready to head back to the campsites by shopping for our towing jackets here.

The Top 10 Must-Have Caravan & Motorhome Accessories (that you need this summer!)

To fully enjoy your trips to the maximum, as well as picking the best destinations for your adventures, you also need to pick the top accessories. Whether you are going away with the family to the coast, or taking a hiking holiday in the countryside, these are some of the top accessories you should take with you:

Motorhome WiFi – 4G Pack 1

If you want to stay connected while you are away, a Motorhome WiFi 4G Pack 1 will keep the kids entertained in the evenings, allow you to stream the TV, or use your caravanning apps to plan your days out.

Cadac Grillo Chef Barbecue

No summer trip is complete without a few BBQs but when you have limited storage space, only a good quality, compact barbecue will do. The Cadac Grillo Chef Barbecue is a table-top unit that is easy to clean and has Thermogrill heat dispersal technology for consistent cooking across the grill.

EMOVE 303 Manual Motor Mover

Whether you are a new caravan owner or have been part of the caravanning community for years, maneuvering your caravan in small spaces never gets easier, unless you invest in a good motor mover. The EMOVE 303 is a popular choice, as it is small and easy to store but does the job well.

Washable Dirt Trapper Doormat

When you are spending as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors, it is difficult to avoid bring some dirt into your caravan or motorhome. With a washable dirt trapper doormat, you can make sure that you and your family are not bringing in and spreading dirt all around the caravan.

Collapsible Water Container

A fresh water container is an essential item for any caravan or motorhome trip but bulky containers take up too much room, so a collapsible water container is the most convenient option for collecting your water on your caravan trips.

Leisurewize LWACC299 Twin Towing Mirrors

To be legally compliant and to ensure a safe journey, you need to install towing mirrors that will give you the best view of the road behind you. The stick-n side mirrors are easy to install into the optimum position for safe driving.

Mistralvan Camper Air Conditioner System

Going away in your caravan in summer allows you to enjoy the warm weather and means you can sit outside in the warm evenings but in summer your caravan can also get very hot inside. If you struggle to sleep in warm temperatures, an air conditioner system is a must-have for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Bialetti Espresso Maker

If you are a coffee lover, the best way to start your day of adventures is with a good coffee and the Bialetti Espresso Maker can set you up for the day with rich tasting coffee. It can make up to six cups of coffee at a time, so there’s no need to spend ages making everybody a coffee by re-boiling the kettle several times.

Coolbox

One of the best parts of getting away is enjoying al fresco picnics in scenic spots and a good quality coolbox is the accessory you need for keeping your food and drinks chilled. An electronic, battery powered coolbox is a great option if you have the budget.

Pro-Tec Towing Jackets

When you are travelling, your caravan can pick up a lot of dirt and grime off the road, as well as the risk of stones flicking up and damaging your caravan. The best solution for caravan protection while in transit is to buy a towing jacket from Pro-Tec Covers.

View the tailored and generic towing jackets from Pro-Tec to complete your list of essential caravan accessories.

5 important tips for caravanning in the UK!

Whether you’re new to caravanning or you’re visiting the UK for a caravanning trip, there are a few things you will have to get used to before your first trip. 

To help you get started, we’ve put together 5 very important tips that will make the difference between an easy-breezy trip and one that is stressful! Follow these tips and you can start exploring the UK in no time… 

 

1.      Use a route planner 

Towing a caravan is not an easy job despite how it may look, so the last thing you want is to be reversing around complicated or small UK roads. To save yourself a fair bit of aggravation, you should plan your route whilst booking your site. You can then make sure that the campsite you want to stay at is feasible to get to, plus you can plan any backup routes if the traffic is bad. 

 

2.      Research your stay 

The UK has so many great caravan parks to choose from which is great, as it means you can find one that caters to what you want. With that being said, you should research where it is you want to stay and what requirements you’re looking for.  

 

For example, if you’re travelling with children then you can research sites in your desired area that have good facilities for children like playgrounds or swimming pools. Likewise, some sites have certain restrictions such as no pets or are adult-only – so it’s important you know what to expect when you arrive. 

 

3.      Check the weather 

Bad weather is part and parcel of staying in the UK, as there is often a fair bit of rain or wind – so you should be considerate of this when you’re planning your trip. Try to avoid wetter months towards the winter as flooding is always a possibility, which wouldn’t make for a great stay for you or your caravan! 

 

4.      Swot up on the law 

This is especially important if you’re not from the UK, as we have many laws surrounding caravan towing. A few things to consider would be; 

  • Are you towing below the maximum weight for your vehicle? 
  • Does your insurance cover your caravan? 
  • Do you have the correct license to tow a caravan on the roads? 

Make sure you research the UK laws for towing caravans on the road before your trip to avoid any incidents on the road when you arrive. 

 

5.      Get a towing jacket 

Stones, road chips, dirt, dust and animal droppings are just a few of the fun things you can expect to encounter when travelling on the roads in the UK. That’s why it’s important to protect your vehicle with a towing jacket! This will prevent any damage from occurring to your vehicle whilst you’re driving to your long-awaited holiday. 

 

The Pro-Tec Covers Towing Jacket is designed to give a tailored fit to your caravan, making sure that nothing on the road causes costly damage. The fabric has a soft inner lining which also ensures that your paintwork and windows are safe from any damage!  

 

Shop our towing jackets here and keep your caravan protected this summer. 

 

A Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up a Caravan On-Site

When you are a new caravan owner, there are many aspects of using your caravan that you will need to get used to before you can start going on trips. Adjusting to driving while towing your caravan, understanding the legal requirements of towing, and knowing how to attach your caravan safely are all essential steps before you get going.

 

Another area to master is getting your caravan set up when you arrive at a campsite. Many people think it is as simple as just driving onto the site and parking up but there is a lot more involved than that.

 

This guide explains what you need to do when you are setting up on-site:

 

Positioning your caravan on the pitch

 

You will have hopefully booked a pitch that is ready for you to drive straight onto when you arrive at the site. If you are using a fully serviced pitch, you need to make sure that you position your caravan close to the water and wastewater connections.

 

Some caravan sites will request that you reverse onto your pitch, so you should check this before you book and if you do not feel comfortable reversing your caravan yet, it might be better to book a different site. A lot of caravan owners invest in a motor mover to help them to get set up on their pitch, so that is an option worth looking at too.

 

Levelling your caravan

 

Making sure your caravan is level is another important and often challenging step of setting up your caravan. Some caravan owners use a spirit level to help with this but there are also apps for your smartphone that you can use.

 

You will need to start by levelling the axle, which could require you to drive one side up on levelling ramps. The next step is to release the stabiliser, put the handbrake on and lower the jockey wheel, locking it into position.

 

Uncouple the caravan

 

Uncouple the caravan by pulling the hitch head lever up and lifting the hitch from the tow bar. You should now disconnect the electrics and breakaway cable and then move your vehicle away from the caravan.

 

Use the jockey wheel to level the caravan front to back, with the spirit level or app indicating when it is completely level. The last step in setting your caravan position is to lower the corner steadies to stabilise the caravan. Your caravan should now be safe to use.

 

Turn your facilities on

 

Connect your mains power and turn on the fridge before setting up the water system. You will also need to put a chemical additive in the toilet cassette. Lastly, turn your gas on and you are ready to start enjoying your caravan holiday!

 

Make sure you also take your Pro-Tec Covers towing jacket with you when you are travelling, as this can prevent damage from stones, as well as stopping grime and dirt from covering your caravan while on your journey to your destination.

 

Shop our towing jackets here.

 

 

 

The ultimate list of caravan trip essentials!

If there is one thing that we all deserve right now, it is a holiday. Due to the lockdown restrictions over the last year, you may not have been away in your caravan for some time. You may also be a new caravan owner; in which case you need to make sure that you are fully prepared for your trip.

To make that task a little easier for you, we have compiled the ultimate list of essentials to help you plan your trip without forgetting anything:

Caravan essentials

These are all the things you need for your caravan, whether it be to keep you warm or to keep the water running!

  • Gas bottle and regulator
  • Hitch lock and cover
  • Wheel clamps
  • Spirit level (or mobile app that measures the level)
  • Water container
  • Wastewater container
  • Toilet chemicals
  • Water pump
  • Spare tyre, jack, and pump
  • Caravan battery
  • Mains lead and adapter
  • Awning

The usual travel essentials

Wherever you are heading, you should make sure to pack these items in your bag. This will keep you covered in an emergency, whether it is a first-aid emergency or a ‘the weather has taken a wrong turn!’ emergency.

  • First aid kit
  • Torch
  • Clothing including waterproofs
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Phone chargers
  • Insect repellent

Your home away from home essentials

You want to be as comfortable as possible whilst you are away, so packing these essentials will make you feel right at home. Plus, the fact that some things from home will still be necessary on your trip (such as washing the dishes and cleaning up spills!).

  • Kitchen roll
  • Washing up and cleaning equipment
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Hairdryer
  • Outdoor table and chairs
  • Toolkit
  • Scissors

Essentials for the great outdoors

The likelihood is you will be spending a lot of time outside, so make sure you’re ready for it. The last thing you want is to be stuck miles away from home with no way of lighting your BBQ!

  • Games and beach accessories
  • Suncream
  • Matches
  • BBQ
  • Watersport’s equipment and wetsuit or swimming costume
  • Hiking boots, socks, rucksack, and water bottle

Essentials for the little ones

These items will change based on the age of your child, but these are a few general essentials for any younger guests on your caravan trip. If they are a little older, these essentials may be replaced with things such as iPads or game devices.

  • Nappies and changing items
  • Milk bottles
  • Travel cot bed
  • Baby food
  • Sterilising equipment
  • Toys
  • Medicine
  • Numerous pacifiers
  • Cot bedding

Hobbies and interests

One of the great benefits of going on caravan holidays is that you get to spend time enjoying your hobbies, so make sure you take everything you need for your hobbies such as:

  • Bikes, spare tyres, puncture repair kit, pump, and other accessories
  • Fishing equipment
  • Running shoes and clothes
  • Camera and charger

Taking care of your caravan

While you are away, you should also keep on top of your caravan maintenance, so take the products and items you need to clean the outside of your caravan, including a sponge, cloths and cleaning products.

The best way to keep your caravan in pristine condition all year round is to use a top-quality protective jacket, such as the market-leading towing jackets from Pro-Tec Covers. When you are on the road, you can protect your caravan with a towing jacket, preventing dirt and grime from building up on your caravan whilst you are driving. This means that you can spend less time cleaning your caravan and more time relaxing on your caravan trip.

Shop towing jackets to complete your checklist of essential items for your caravan trip.