If you're considering taking the caravan out on holiday this summer, then it always pays to be as safe as possible. There are always risks when living in a caravan. By being aware of them, you can protect yourself before you set off.
Adequate insurance is a must; if something goes wrong you don't want to find yourself left with costs. You should have some form of insurance to protect the caravan itself.
Likewise, you should consider protecting the contents of the caravan too. Unfortunately, caravans can be a common target for some thieves, especially on caravan parks. By insuring the contents, you are once again protecting yourself from this risk and the cost of replacing all your valuables.
Caravan insurance providers like Caravan Club will be able to advise you what sort of cover is best for your situation. They can also offer advice on how to prepare for your caravanning holiday.
Whilst on the subject of valuables, you should only take what you need. Anything you're not planning on using, such as a laptop, will simply be an additional incentive for local thieves.
If you do take valuables with you, then make sure you do not leave them alone in the caravan. If items are too large to carry with you then make sure they are stored somewhere secure and out of sight. You may also want to contact your caravan insurance provider to determine whether stolen possessions are covered by your policy.
It’s an important fact to remember that Caravans aren't necessarily water proof. This is critical given that a lot of caravan camp sites are often situated near rivers or lakes. As such, flooding is not unheard of.
Besides applying some form of seal or protective agent to the caravan, the best defence is preventive action. Various floatation devices are available and are designed to float the caravan above the water in the event of flooding.
Fires are not as common, but can happen if you're careless. Take great care in the placement of any flammable items or materials. If you're cooking with gas, then you should make sure it’s turned off when not in use, as well as regularly checking how much is left in the canister.
This can be crucial in older caravans, where the cooker or stove might not be at the same standard as modern mobile homes. Having the stove inspected, replaced or fixed before a holiday will help immensely.
It may seem obvious, but it’s important to understand how strong your caravan is. Older caravans can deteriorate, so you need to make sure the internal structure is still strong. Otherwise, a strong or aggressive wind can cause considerable damage. Not only would this expose you and your family to the elements, but your caravan would be destroyed as well.
Always check your caravan for sign of damage before taking a holiday and invest in high quality repairs or an upgrade if you are concerned about its safety.