Caravan Survival Guide by John Basham

By John Basham

In Caravan Survival advisor, John Basham stocks his exact wisdom that will help you take care of the a number of demanding situations of traveling on your caravan. riding talents, troubleshooting and upkeep are all coated utilizing case experiences, checklists, tricks, counsel and cautions. this can be the publication each caravanner wishes earlier than they depart domestic.

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There are certainly many travellers who’ve towed much more distance than I have, but perhaps I have an advantage in that I am fairly methodical and mechanical. It’s been my experience, sometimes uncomfortably, that many who tow caravans are not mechanically handy. In many cases this book can help solve minor mechanical matters, in easy or different ways. There are mechanical hints in this book, of course, but don’t let that worry you just because you’re not very handy with a spanner. Many of these ‘fix-it’ or self-help ideas are really quite easy to do, with just a bit of thought and some basic tools.

During their non-stop travels the awning roller seemed to have moved around a bit. The small lever on the end of the roller, which controls roll-down or roll-up, had been hitting the roller axle as they travelled. The lock-ratchet mechanism inside the roller wasn’t working properly, so the awning wouldn’t safely lock in the full-up or full-down position. A lot of juggling got the awning fully down, and the legs vertical, to allow for the annexe walls. The central strut and leg helped pull the awning tight, and I showed them how to use the outer support arms.

With our 20 ft van, those are the ones we never go back to. Van sites If you decide to use a van park, before driving into possible difficulty, take the opportunity to walk through and check the site you’ve been offered. There are a lot of things to look for. For example, is the concrete pad for the van flush with the ground, or will you have to back the van close alongside a concrete edge? If so, watch out for the considerable damage sharp corners on concrete pads can do to tyre sidewalls. How awkward is the site to back into?

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