Note: It is advisable to have the caravan serviced by a specialist prior to the journey
Make sure that you have the necessary tools required to fit the spares that you may have taken for the trip.
For your own sake, and that of your passengers, it is essential that all gas lines, connections, appliances and electrical fittings be checked regularly.
The task will take only a few minutes and you will develop more confidence in your unit if you know it is safe.
In addition to regular checks it is essential that an approved fire extinguisher is always on board. Extinguishes come in a multitude of sizes, price ranges and different types of operation. Make sure the one you select is big enough to handle a fire, should one ever develop. Once having bought an extinguisher mount it in a readily accessible position. Ideally you should be able to reach the unit from outside the van.
It is no use having a ”toy” extinguisher inside the van if a fire develops. Remember that your huge investment, your life and those of your passengers are at stake. When buying an extinguisher, make sure it is a reliable one.
The simpler the operation the better as there is less chance of something going wrong. And make sure it is one which meets the levels of safety required by a responsible body, such as the Australian Standards Association. or the Insurance Council of Australia. All fire extinguishers sold in Australia must conform to the relevant standard as laid down by the Standards Association.
If your extinguisher is of a type which, over a period of time, loses its effectiveness, replace it when necessary. Fire fighting experts generally recommend that a fire extinguisher is checked at least every couple of years to ensure correct operation.