Hello summertime! When the sun is shining there is no better place to unwind than the great outdoors and, in our opinion, making a caravan or motorhome your base for your break is a sure fire way to feel home comforts wherever you pitch up. Our friends over at Bailey share their top tips for getting your 4 berth caravan tip top and ready for your break away.
Being the most popular caravan model, 4 berths are considered the most practical family or couple caravan. We’re making it easy for you with four things we think are absolutely essential for your 4 berth family caravan trip.
1. Towing equipment
You’ll need towing equipment for your caravan trip to be sure that you are safe on the road. We’ve outlined a couple of towing accessories that you may need whether you’ve got a single axle or twin axle caravan.
A tow bar is a bar that is fitted to the back of your vehicle so that you can attach and tow your 4 berth caravan. Tow bars need to be ‘type approved’, which simply means that it conforms with EU regulations and is designed for your specific car.
A motorised device which can be clamped to your 4 berth’s chassis and connects to the caravan wheels. Using a handset control, you can then move your caravan into your desired position. This is generally used when trying to manoeuvre your 4 berth caravan into a driveway, touring pitch or storage space. Motor movers also make it easy to get your wheel-spoke aperture aligned with your wheel lock-receptor.
These are a legal requirement when towing a 4 berth caravan as they help to reduce blind spots. This will not only keep you and your caravan safe, but will also keep others on the road safe.
2. Safety and security
In some cases, there will be on-site security at your camping site, but you should still try to do everything in your power to keep your 4 berth caravan safe both externally and internally.
It’s very important to always have a medical kit in your caravan. Everyone should know where it is and you should try to replace any used items as soon as you can. Injuries and health related issues can be quite unpredictable so it’s always good to have a first aid kit to hand.
If you’d like to make your own DIY medical kit, take a look at this checklist for some ideas of what you may need.
Fire safety equipment
It’s not fun to think about what to do in the event of a fire but it's always best to be prepared. If a fire does occur, the first priority should be getting everyone out of the caravan safely. Afterwards, you can think about tackling the fire.
There are some basic precautions you can take to keep you and your family safe on your caravan holiday, such as making sure you’ve got:
- Appropriate smoke alarms and detectors
- Carbon monoxide alarms and detectors
- Fire extinguisher near the door - if you’ve got a Pegasus Grande Bailey caravan you'll find this close to the kitchen, because this is generally where most fires start
- Fire blanket
A 4 berth caravan hitch lock is one of the best ways to deter thieves as they will often go after unprotected caravans. More importantly, a hitch lock will prevent anyone from being able to attach your caravan to their car and tow it away. No one wants to see their beautiful holiday home being towed away by a stranger! So, be sure to get a high quality hitch lock.
A wheel clamp will help to keep your 4 berth caravan secure at night and when in storage. A wheel clamp (sometimes called a wheel lock) is secured around your caravan’s wheel so that it can’t move, and acts as an effective deterrent too. If you’re holidaying in a place with uneven terrain or slopes, a wheel lock will also help your caravan stay static when parked.
3. Basic necessities
Unlike vehicle batteries, leisure batteries aren’t designed to keep your 4 berth moving. Instead, they provide a steady level of power over a prolonged period of time for appliances such as your lights, oven and shower. If you’ve never used your caravan before, it’s worth checking whether you have one installed, as not all dealers include a leisure battery as standard.
It’s important to remember to get a suitable water container for filling up on your campsite, so that your water runs free like at home. Aquarolls are a great addition to any trip, as you can transport them from the filling station without having to physically carry the large barrel of water.
You’ll need a waste container to carry or pull along to your campsite’s waste water emptying point. Always remember to keep waste and fresh water containers separate. This goes without saying, but don’t forget toilet chemicals and loo roll too!
4. Activities and games
It’s always a good idea to plan ahead some activities and games for the kids when you’re going on a caravan adventure with your whole family. Especially when the weather can be quite unreliable.
For the days when it’s wet and rainy, here are some of our top picks for games that can be played in your 4-berth caravan.
- Monopoly shuffle play is perfect for travel. It uses cards rather than a board, and can be played in short, tense ten minute rounds. It can be played with up to 5 people from 4 upwards
- Uno is a family classic. Perfect for short attention spans, the aim of the game is to get rid of your cards before anyone else, and make other players pick up more in the process
- Classic card games such as Go Fish. This game is easy for young children, and can be played with a normal deck of playing cards. Go Fish not your style? Find other family card games online for an evening round the table!
- Charades - a physical game involving mime, and some serious guessing work. A great laugh, and can be played with groups of all sizes and ages