How to Take your Caravan Off-Road
Traveling to beautiful destinations in Australia is a wonderful idea. But for comfortable accommodation, if you're up for off-roading in your caravan, it can be extremely fun but challenging if not prepared like an expert.
Traveling off-road might involve bumping into rocks, bogged into the mud, and whatnot. To guide for these tricky situations, you need to prepare your vehicle and caravan for some off-road expeditions like:
Prepare the Vehicle
When you plan to take the caravan off-road, your towing vehicle should be strong enough to handle various types of rough terrains during the trip.
Driving off-road is often inaccurate. What if you collide with something on the road and are left stranded? What are you going to do? Consider adding some extra protection using a bullbar to the front of your vehicle to be on the safer side. It makes it look good and helps protect the vehicle from rough road articles like rocks or sticks, animal collisions, etc., and enables driving further without causing any severe damage.
Equip your vehicle with the top quality, sturdy, all-terrain tires for upscaling its off-road abilities. As the tires are the point of contact with the ground, that enables a vehicle to get over every off-road obstacle. And regular tires are not suitable for traveling on rough terrains.
Traveling on dusty roads would allow dust to enter the vehicle, prevent it, and raise the air intake. The higher air intake would reduce dust from entering and allow fresh and cooler air to enter into the engine and result in the engine's efficient working.
While traveling off-road, the network signals may become weak, leading to no clear communication. And there may be the possibility of getting stuck in tricky spots and losing direction. So, how to communicate now? Install a UHF radio in the vehicle and carry a handy UHF radio. It is very useful for guiding and communicating clearly & calmly. When it is done with the vehicle, come to your caravan.
Prepare the Caravan
First of all, while towing a caravan off the blacktop, you need a strong tow hitch. As it is the link for joining the caravan to the vehicle, it should be flexible to extend the caravan's movement range, hitch and unhitch with minimum fuss for easy use and long-distance travel off-road.
While traveling off-road, there is a risk of stones flying up from the caravan's wheels and hitting the van, leading to damaging the caravan's exterior and windows. Place a stone guard at the front of the caravan for protecting it from dents & scratches and preventing stones from bouncing up.
The framework of the caravan should be strong for towing. Chassis are the caravan's backbone that carries all its load while moving. It should be off-road-ready by being strong & durable enough to withstand the rough Australian terrain.
Before leaving, check through all the electrical leads, water pipes, and other exhausts inside the caravan. Off-road obstacles like stones etc., could suddenly hit the exhausts, catch fire or create puddles of water in the caravan.
Remove the spare tire from under the van and relocate it to somewhere for easy access and protection as bumpers while traveling off-road could damage it, leaving it of no use for you.
Install an Xtend Outdoors Caravan Awning on your caravan for traveling safely and having a shade over you when you think about stopping by for taking a break and enjoy, take rest for some time from off-road driving on the rough terrains and edges.
Preparing mindfully for off-road travel is the key to avoid incidents and accidents. It is important to take all the necessary steps for preventing your adventure from becoming a disaster and survive in the extremist off-road conditions.