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Cravaing Camping for the first time

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22 Mar 2004
Anonymous
Hi

We have been camping in tents for teh past few years, and this holiday will be our first trip using a caravan (Sprite Solar and Land ROver Discovery V8i). I have a few questions:

1. What is the easy to make sure and get you caravan is level when you get to a site? (At home I used the jockey wheel to try and get it level from the front to the back, but struggle to get it level sideways, as I was scared I will bend the steadies)

2. Do one add wood blocks  below the steadies to help? (Here one person said it must be steel to earth the caravan.)

3. We have a full fridge in the caravan (220, 12 and gas) do one pack it from the top to the bottom as it seems that it is colder at the top.

Thank you for any reply and and additional info will be welcome.

Petrus

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23 Mar 2004
Thinus
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Hi Petrus,
1.There are more than one way to level not using your steadies and that is use a plank with steps on it that you place under the wheel (which is the lowest) and push the caravan towards the highest step keeping an eye on your level. You can use a rim jack (that was advertised some time ago in the Caravan and Outdoor mag.) which I think is quite a good idea.
2.The wooden blocks in my opinion is mainly for a good base for your steadies so that you did not force them into soft ground.
3.Pack your fridge same as you do at home specialy if you use 220 volt. Gas and battery I'm not sure.
Enjoy the caravan.
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24 Mar 2004
Anonymous
hi petrus

we are caravaning campers for the last 6 years and used wooden blocks.

enjoy it
luanda
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27 Mar 2004
Anonymous
Any fridge should not be packed so tightly as to prevent the cold air from circulating round the contents. Those at the top and the bottom will probably be kept at almost the same temperature.
Try not to open the fridge too often or leave the door open too long.
By the way, levelling the caravan is more for your comfort in moving around on the level. The only effect on the fridge is that the door won't stand still when you open it.
The heat from the gas flame or the electrical element, is ducted up the flue and obviously flows better when perfectly upright but loses little of it's effect when at a bit of an angle.
If you use your caravan often (once a month like our club members do), the fridge can be left running on 220V if you have a handy power point where your caravan is parked. It prevents the inside of the fridge from getting mouldy and it can be stocked up days before you leave on a trip.

Carry a wooden block 120 X 45mm and about 450mm long, which has been shaped at a slope on one end.
Pull the one wheel of your caravan forward onto it to get it level. If the camp site slopes more than that, report it to the park owner and use another site. NEVER use the steadies to 'jack it up'. This will eventually cause the steadies or the chassis to distort.
Do not worry if you use wooden blocks under your steadies. This has no effect on 'earthing'your caravan. Your cable connected to the parks power point MUST have three conductors, with an earth connection to enable your caravan's earth leakage unit to operate.

Visit our Web Site at www.trekkersclub.co.za and read some 'Technical Tips' on these subjects.
Basil Louw. President. Trekkers.
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