Newbie caravanners urged to prepare properly for school holiday journeys

Caravanners are being urged to check their vehicle ahead of the school holidays, to avoid breakdowns around the state.

The RACQ reports over the last six months, they’ve attended more than 400 calls from stranded caravans around Queensland.

Roadside Assistance Patrol Howard Strasser says wheel changes, tyre punctures and inflation were often the big worries.


While a fault with the trailer or caravan, and electrical wiring and connection issues were also common problems.

“We’ve noticed recently more and more people buying caravans and hitting the road for Queensland-based holidays.

“This has also resulted in plenty of people breaking down in harsh conditions, hundreds of kilometres from help, because they haven’t properly prepared their van.

“We’ve gone to help drivers who haven’t ever towed a trailer before, may not be across the safety risks of not having the right vehicle, or haven’t correctly distributed weight in the van.

“The risk with towing these often 1500kg trailers is, if you do crash, you can do serious damage,” Mr Strasser said.

The top locations for caravan call-outs include the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Bundaberg, the Fraser Coast and Brisbane.

Caravanning Queensland CEO Jason Plant says caravanners always need to prepare themselves for any journey, but it’s particularly important for first-timers.

“Towing courses are valuable, even for more experienced drivers because they help you refine your towing skills and learn about rules and recommendations.

“Vehicle safety checks are also a great idea before a trip. They will help identify any potential issues you might have when you are away – no one wants to break down when on holidays,” Mr Plant said.

The RACQ’s top tips of caravan safety are:

• Ensure your vehicle is the right size for the caravan you are towing
• Know your caravan weights and distribute weight evenly across the van. Install a weight
distribution hitch if needed
• Service your caravan every 12 months or 10,000km
• Tyres should be in good condition, at the correct pressure and free from damage/cracks
• Ensure the brake controller works and is adjusted according to the weight you’re towing.