RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the take up of RACQ Ultimate RV Roadside Assistance policies increased by almost 70 percent in 2020, and the trend looked likely to continue this year with international border closures meaning more Australians were holidaying at home.
“Queensland is a great State, so it’s no wonder we’ve seen more people buying caravans keen to hit the road and explore it,” Ms Ross said.
“Unfortunately though, many are setting off not properly prepared and as a result we’re seeing them breaking down in harsh conditions, sometimes hundreds of kilometres from home.
“Towing a trailer or caravan isn’t as simple as hitching it to the car and heading off.
“A caravan makes your vehicle heavier, wider, longer and taller, as well as much harder to stop, so towing one needs to be taken seriously or you risk putting yourself and other road users in danger.”
Ms Ross said there were several checks caravanners should do before they hit the road.
“First of all, it’s crucial your vehicle is appropriate for the size and weight of the caravan you’re towing,” she said.
“Make sure you distribute the weight of the van’s contents properly. A weight distribution hitch can assist, but isn’t a fix for a poorly distributed load.
“Make sure you’re servicing your caravan every 12 months or 10,000km, check the tyres are in good condition, at the correct pressure and free from damage and deterioration and that the brakes are correctly adjusted and working. And don’t forget to service the vehicle you’re towing with before setting off.
“Enrolling in a towing education course is also a great way for first timers to learn about common towing issues and build confidence and experience on the road.”
Ms Ross said if travellers did break down, they could call Roadside Assistance on 13 11 11.
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