Caravanning Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are a seasoned caravanner or are looking to get into the exciting world of caravanning, you may have a number of questions. From questions around the specific license that you need for certain types of caravans to the advantages of purchasing a pre-loved caravan are all covered in our FAQ section.
We have answered all of the major questions about caravans but you may have a specific question that is geared towards your personal requirements. We highly recommend getting in touch with a member of our expert team. We are more than happy to help you with any caravan related query. Use an online contact form on our website or telephone now on: 0117 9600205.
Towing a caravan is highly accessible to motorists that hold a standard full UK Driver’s License. Depending on the weight of the caravan that you are going to tow – you may need to take an additional category test. If you passed your test after 19th January 2013 and passed a category B test then you can tow small trailers weighing up to 750kg and a trailer over 750kg must not have a Maximum Authorised Mass of up to 3,500kg. Surpassing this limit will mean that you will need a Category B+E License. From passing your test after 1st January 1997 and having a regular category B license you can drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM. You can exede this with a 750kg MAM if the combined weight of trailer and vehicle does not exceed 3,500kg.
As driving without car insurance is illegal – you may want to know if it’s a legal requirement to hold caravan insurance. You do not need to have caravan insurance but we highly recommend that you take out an insurance policy for your caravan. This is because of the fact that your caravan is a significant investment so you will want to ensure that it is covered in-case something goes wrong. There are a number of different types of damages that can be covered by your caravan insurance such as damage from a collision or elemental damage for your peace of mind when out on the road.
Your towing vehicle will need an MOT test every year if it is older than 3 years of age as usual. Your caravan does not have to have an MOT test carried out on it but regular servicing of your caravan is recommended. This keeps your caravan in top condition and is good to make sure that nothing is wrong with your caravan when it comes out of storage after the off-season for example.
Again we recommend that you have a regular maintenance schedule for your caravan. This may be in the form of regular servicing or other checks that you can carry out especially if your caravan has not been in use for a while. Some good regular checks are as follows:
- Carry out checks such as checks for damp in your caravan as well as ensure that you have a cleaning schedule. This will help you clean your caravan from moss and algae as well as keeping damp out.
- Check the tyres of your caravan for wear on the tread of the tyres as well as signs of a puncture or bulge in the tyre. Check your battery as you won’t want a flat battery when heading out on the road.
- Ensure that you have arrangements for storing your caravan in the winter.
The maximum speed permitted on a single carriageway is 50mph and 60mph on a dual carriageway or the motorway. It’s important to also bear in mind that you must not drive in the outer lane on the motorway (or fast lane as it is sometimes called) when towing a caravan. It’s important to drive safely when you are towing your caravan as towing stability can cause issues when on the road.
It’s really important to spread the weight of luggage evenly across your caravan with heavier objects being placed at the middle base of the caravan and lighter objects above. This is key to establishing a good centre of gravity which in turn improves towing stability. Don’t overload the caravan itself and ensure that the heaviest objects are stored in your towing car and not the caravan itself. As mentioned – keep heavy objects in your caravan as close to the floor as possible and strap them down. Watch out for potholes and bad weather conditions – these may just decrease your towing stability regardless of your packing but a correctly packed caravan should be very stable on the road.
It’s important to seek advice or research on how to tow your caravan correctly if you have any doubts. This is because of the fact that you do not want your caravan to be dangerous while on the road. When driving – it’s illegal to have any passengers in the towed caravan as this is extremely dangerous. The stability of the caravan while on the road can be compromised. You also cannot exceed the certain weight requirements relevant to your driver’s license as mentioned above. This means that you do need to think about cargo and combined weights if you are close to your current category limit.
There are a number of fantastic caravan accessories available for use. Ranging from awnings to caravan cleaning products and security products – we have a wide range of caravan accessories available for you to choose from. Having the right products that you need is extremely important so it’s important to stock up before hitting the road!
Yes! You can hire a caravan from Kingswood Caravan & Camping Centre and we are more than happy to discuss all of the options that are available. This allows you to plan your next holiday at your own leisure and you are unsure about the storing, purchasing or maintenance of your caravan. Caravanning holidays are a fantastic way to make memories forever so the option to hire a caravan is great if you want to learn about the experience without making a long term investment. You can find the pricing options available on our Caravan Rental Page.
If you want to enjoy fantastic holidays and join the community of 555,000 tourers in the UK then caravanning is perfect for you. With the ‘new normal’ – traditional holidays may change forever but staycations and caravan holidays are on the cards! Caravanning holidays are also perfect for travelling on a budget. This is because of the fact that you can keep costs down, you have a fully functional kitchen where you can cook meals and you can choose which events or places to visit after you have pitched up on site. This allows you to have the odd expensive meal at a restaurant or explore a big city without worrying about breaking the bank.