Many people will be making their first trip by caravan this year, and here are some suggestions to help make your first vacation in a four-wheeled home unforgettable. Even the most experienced can benefit from these tips… it wouldn't hurt to freshen up.
What is the difference between a campground and a RV parking area?
In general, special structures where caravans and tents can be accommodated are camping areas. Caravan parking spaces that are RV-only and often have a limited parking time (1, 2, or more days depending on the area) can be both public (sometimes free) and private, usually for a fee. In the caravan parking areas, you can find various services such as water emptying and loading, bathroom with shower, electricity. Sometimes rest areas only offer parking.
Do I need to wear gloves when emptying the "black" tape?
An entrance is required here, to drain any liquid from the caravan it is necessary, even mandatory, to go to facilities suitable for discharge.
Anyone who unloads at an unspecified location will be fined.
Having said that, it is always recommended to use disposable gloves to perform the draining process as the liquids used for the "black" ones are dispersed and can be dangerous to the skin.
After use, please do not leave used gloves lying around in the dump station, it is best to throw them in the trash or take them with you for disposal.
Is a caravan protected from lightning?
Strange question, but one can ask. Let's say it can happen, but not in all cases. You can almost certainly survive in a trailer even after a direct lightning strike, but it will most likely blow up all electrical systems. Even if lightning strikes near it, it could blow up the dad you're attached to and blow up the camper's lifeboat, damaging the trailer's interior wiring in the most unfortunate cases. The recommendation is to remove the cable from the column during strong thunderstorms and, if necessary, seek shelter in a building in case of extreme events.
Correct tire pressure prevents them from being damaged.
This also applies to cars, motorcycles, campers and even campers. Keeping the tires at the right pressure helps limit their consumption.
Too much pressure can abrade the tread unevenly.
With underpressure, you risk damaging tires that will easily overheat with the possibility of bursting or uneven wear.
When traveling, it is recommended to check the tire pressure weekly.
First RV trip - Park safely
Trying to park in crowded places, parking lots large enough to accommodate our vehicles, and unmarked areas can pose a danger to us and others.
If possible, it is recommended to park in large areas with the caravan, and if we use paid parking, we take up space for 2 people, but we pay 2 tickets.
Use strong leveling wedges of the right size.
When our parking lot isn't perfectly level, we use the wedges to try to level the camper. Make sure these blocks are sized for the tire that needs to be completely inside the wedge. Otherwise, stability problems and damage to the tire itself may occur. Our advice is to buy the wedges before your first trip with a camper, if you have one.
Handbrake ... first caravan trip in winter?
When we arrive at a parking space, pulling the handbrake is like marking our final arrival and we breathe a sigh of relief. Everything is fine in the summer, but in the winter? It is not recommended to engage the handbrake if we are in the mountains in cold weather and more, but it is recommended to put it in gear and put a wedge to block the caravan.
But why this? In the winter the brakes can freeze and jam and prevent a restart!