Our guide to hitching up your caravan


In this video, I’m going to
show and demonstrate how to correctly connect your
caravan to your towing vehicle. Now a correctly connected
caravan to your car, will make sure that you have
a stress-free journey, and will minimise the risk of
any towing related incidents. Now there’s a number of steps
we need to go through, so let’s make a start, and head on
over to the caravan right now. Remove all your security items. This will include your hitchlock, or
any other locks you have on the caravan. Make sure the caravan handbrake is fully on,
and if on a slope, or uneven ground, chock the wheels
of the caravan too. Raise all the corner steadies
of the caravan, and raise the nose of the caravan
by winding the jockey wheel down. Now it’s time to reverse the
car towards the caravan. It’s useful to have
some help here, but if you are solo, and you
have a motor mover, use this to pull the caravan
forward onto the car. With the towball now
beneath the hitch, it’s time to start connecting
the car to the caravan. Start by connecting
the breakaway cable. Your towbar should have a dedicated
connection for the breakaway cable, but in some instances you may not. In this case, an acceptable method
for connecting the breakaway cable is to loop it around the neck of the
towbar, and tie it back onto itself. The preferred method, however, is to
use a dedicated connection point. If you have it, you must use it.
It is a legal requirement. You can have a connection point
added on to the car, so please ask your dealer
for more information. Now open the hitch handle and
lower the nose of the caravan onto the towball, until you
feel the caravan connect. On the top of the hitch
is a small red indicator. This indicator pops out to notify you that the
towball is now firmly engaged with the hitch. At this point, it is vitally important to
check that the caravan is connected. You can do this by winding
the jockey wheel down, so the nose of the caravan
is being lifted. The rear of the towing vehicle
should also be being lifted, and no indication that the towball
has detached from the caravan hitch. Once happy, wind the caravan back down
and stow away the jockey wheel. Make sure the jockey wheel clamp and the
jockey wheel winder are both really tight. Connect the electrics from
the caravan to the car. If you have an older style caravan,
you may have two plugs. On newer caravans, a single plug
will need to be inserted, and twisted to make sure
it’s connected properly. Check that the electrics cable
is not loose and on the floor, with no risk of
being damaged. Next, if you have one,
engage the stablisier. With the car handbrake fully applied,
release the caravan handbrake. Now moving away from the hitch, it’s time
to check that the lights are all working on the car and the caravan.
So, start with the brake pedal: Ask someone to shout what lights
they see when you press the pedal. Move on to the hazards, move to
the left and the right indicator, switch on your sidelights,
and check that the rear fog lights and reversing lights are
also working correctly. With the lights all checked,
it’s time to lock the lockers, close any flaps, secure and lock
any windows, skylights, and finally,
lock the door. It’s a good idea to check that
the gas is also isolated as well. Fix and adjust the towing mirrors
to your towing vehicle, And a final walkaround of
the hitch and the caravan, make sure that everything
is locked and ready to go. Pull forward and check
the ground for any items, and if you used the chocks,
don’t forget to pick them up as well. There we go guys, that’s
all there is to know about safely connecting your caravan
to your towing vehicle. Now for more articles and for
more helpful hints and tips, head on over to the Caravan Guard
website, and check out the blog. So that’s it from us today. Enjoy
your caravan, have a safe journey, and we’ll see you next time.
Bye bye.

2 thoughts on “Our guide to hitching up your caravan

  1. Great video, but that caravan needs an electrical check. When Dan showed us the rear lights, the lamp filaments for some of the lights were very slightly lit when they were supposedly off. Probably a bad ground connection. 🙂

  2. It seems there are people miss-instructing re use of break-away cable. Hitch caravan first – then attach break-away cable – and for detachable tow balls, the break-away cable must attach to the car and not the tow ball!

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