WARNING: Never enter the caravan without first lowering the four corner steadies with the
Before loading check:
Loose articles are stowed securely.
- Do not stow tins, bottles or heavy items in overhead lockers prior to towing.
- All lockers and cupboard doors are closed and secured, including the bathroom door.
- All bunks are secure.
- Ensure shower door is secure
- All rooflights are closed and secured.
- Tables are stored in their transit positions.
- The television aerial is lowered and locked in travel position, where relevant
- The fridge is on 12V operation and door lock is set.
- All windows and service doors are fully closedand latched and NEVER tow with windows on night setting.
- Leave all curtains and blinds open to aid rear visibility.
- Gas cylinders are correctly positioned, secured and turned off, unless using en route heating. (See gas in services section)
- Battery is secure and mains connecting cable is disconnected and stowed.
WARNING: Turn off gas appliances except en route heating (if fitted).
WARNING: Do not travel with televisions or microwaves in overhead lockers unless the appliance was supplied fitted to your caravan by the manufacturer.
WARNING: Always disconnect the electrical connector between the towing vehicle and the caravan before connecting an LV supply to the caravan.
How to position the payload
- Load heavy items low down near the floor and mainly over or just in front of the axle(s).
- Load evenly right to left so that each caravan wheel carries approximately the same weight.
- Do not load items at the extreme front or rear since this can lead to instability due to the ‘pendulum effect’.
- Load the remainder of the payload to give a suitable nose weight at the towing coupling.
- Check nose weight.
CAUTION: Do not overload car boot.
WARNING: All heavy and/or voluminous items (e.g. TV, radio etc) must be stored securely before travelling.
WARNING: Please take care to ensure that you have allowed for the masses of all items you intend to carry in the caravan. e.g. optional equipment, and personal effects such as clothing, food, pets, bicycles, sailboards, sports equipment etc.
WARNING: Under no circumstances should the MTPLM of this caravan be exceeded.
Towing vehicle’s rear suspension
It is important that the towing vehicle’s rear suspension is not deflected excessively by the nose weight on the tow ball.
If it is excessive the steering and stability will be affected.
The greater the towing vehicle’s tail overhang (the distance between the rear axle and the tow
ball), the greater the effect the nose weight will have on the towing vehicle’s rear suspension.
After trying out the caravan it may be found that a stiffening of the rear suspension is necessary
- but note that this may give the towing vehicle a firmer ride when not towing.
There are a number of suspension aids available and advice should be sought on which to use and how to fit. It is important to ensure that the caravan is towed either level or slightly nose down.
WARNING: Check the Tow car tyre pressures in accordance with the car’s handbook.
If you have any doubts about the suitability of your tow bar for towing a caravan consult the tow bar manufacturer.
WARNING: DO NOT exceed the following masses:
• Gross Vehicle Mass (G.V.M. on car plate).
• Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (M.T.P.L.M.) on the caravan.
• Gross Vehicle Combination Mass (Train Weight) (G.V.C.M. on car plate).
• Maximum Permissible Towing Mass.
• Vertical Static Load on the caravan coupling(nose weight).
• Maximum Vertical Load on the car tow ball as specified by towing vehicle manufacturer (nose weight).
• Driving licence limitations