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first time towing a caravan

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11 Nov 2016 @ 09:03:28 am
Kudzai
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i am new here just bought a sprite swift 1987 still in very good condition no wood rot, everything still there original rally tent and all i fitted 175r13c commercial tires , my question is what speed must i drive going to the coast at ifafa caravan camping in KZN this December with my family its my first time doing caravan camping, i am towing with a FORD EVEREST 3.0 TDI automatic 2011 model 4x4......any advice i would appreciate i stay in gauteng thank you in advance
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11 Nov 2016 @ 09:50:26 am
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Welcome Kudzai! 100-110 is considered pretty safe.
Prepare for plenty caravaning / camping advice here!!
Your strongest weapon is your mind!
And then there's, Power Tools!
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11 Nov 2016 @ 09:51:10 am
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Have a good look at the wheel bearings & nuts before you go.
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11 Nov 2016 @ 10:02:36 am
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Whatever you do, remember - your holiday starts when you hook the caravan .... no rush, sit back and enjoy the trip. Look around, check the area through which you are travelling (there are always so much to see) and enjoy!

I tow around 90 - 110 km/h. I always say: "Rather 10 km/h too slow than 2 km/h too fast - especially when you are new at the game!!"

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11 Nov 2016 @ 10:19:19 am
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As Steamer mentioned, inspect the W/Bearings first before taking on your journey.

I also have a Sprite Swift 1995 and tow with a Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Dci. The Swift is a very light caravan and feels like a Venter trailer behind the X-Trail. With your Everest, I think this will feel like towing a Plastic Toy trailerlaughing.

My normal speed on the highway is 120 km/h and back roads depending on the condition, this vary from 80 km/h - 100 km/h as mentioned, depending on the road condition.

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11 Nov 2016 @ 10:21:51 am
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Welkom by die forum.
Speed ... as fast as possible. Just dont exceed 100 k.p.h.

Questions.
Are the caravans tyres, lights, wheelbearings in good condition.. and in working condition.
Do you have the correct driving license.

Now... enjoy the camping
I love camping all year round
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11 Nov 2016 @ 10:24:43 am
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Thanks for all the advice I was planning max 90 km/hr, wen I was picking her up after purchase I could forget easy that I am towing cause this Everest has got lots of torque and didn't need any extended mirrors since it has big mirrors.
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11 Nov 2016 @ 10:31:53 am
Kudzai
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About the bearings I will check them I know brakes they not working properly I saw it wen I took it to change of onwership but it passed 😁, about license I have code 14. Again for the advice.
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11 Nov 2016 @ 11:18:21 am
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Being new, 100kph normal and 90kph on downhills. When experienced 100kph and a bit faster to overtake, in need.

I know I can tow above 120KPH with my small car, but DON'T but have to have peace of mind that I can.

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11 Nov 2016 @ 11:59:51 am
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Dis soos die eerste keer toe jy jou vrou gesoen het, word net beter en lekkerder.
Geniet die wa, en welkom op die forum.

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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11 Nov 2016 @ 12:21:27 pm
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Welcome to the forum and enjoy the caravan.
Start slow and enjoy the trip.
Your safety is more impotant than getting there an hour earlier.
On The Road Again
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11 Nov 2016 @ 12:23:04 pm
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Welkom op die forum en geniet daai eerste sleep en karavaan vakansie
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11 Nov 2016 @ 12:52:20 pm
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Get that van serviced for piece of mind, check wheel nuts regularly.
Welcome and enjoy.
You only live once on earth, live life as if there is no tomorrow.
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11 Nov 2016 @ 13:50:56 pm
Anonymous

Whatever you do, remember - your holiday starts when you hook the caravan .... no rush, sit back and enjoy the trip. Look around, check the area through which you are travelling (there are always so much to see) and enjoy!

I tow around 90 - 110 km/h. I always say: "Rather 10 km/h too slow than 2 km/h too fast - especially when you are new at the game!!"

Welcome to the forum, as Nico said, rather late than never.

The way some people drive, you'd think they want to arrive before they left, take it easy and experience will improve the the rest.

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11 Nov 2016 @ 14:35:31 pm
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Thanks for all the advice I was planning max 90 km/hr, wen I was picking her up after purchase I could forget easy that I am towing cause this Everest has got lots of torque and didn't need any extended mirrors since it has big mirrors.


Even though you have large mirrors, I would strongly advise investing in a rear view camera. It is not expensive, but makes a huge difference in what you can see behind the caravan, both on the road and at the camping site. Enjoy.
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11 Nov 2016 @ 15:59:30 pm
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Kudzai. Jy het goeie raad sover gekry. As jy tecnical is en die bearings self kan check doen dit of laat iemand wat weet dit vir jou na gaan, Dit is jou eerste langpad en klink of jy nuut in sleep is.

 JOU 90 Km/H is dood reg bly daar vir eers tot jy gesout is. Dit is Desember met vrek baie verkeer, vat jou tyd. Stop gereeld en gaan sit jou hand teen die wiele van die karavaan as dit warm word het jy probleme met axle nuts wat te styf vas is,  ruk en pluk aan jou bande van die karavaan om te voel of daar n speling aan jou bearings is, As dit n speling het is daai axle nuts te los. check dit en jou ligte gereeld. Vat n spaar wiel saam. Gaan gesels met jou naaste karavaan verskaffer oor hoe om te laai ensovoorts. Ek sal n stabilizer sterk aanbeveel.

Sterkte en sien jou dalk op die pad, wees veilig en weet jy sal dit geniet

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11 Nov 2016 @ 16:17:05 pm
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Kudzai, die probleem met spoed is dat alles so lekker in beheer voel. Jy het 'n sterk voertuig en kan maklik teen 140 kmh sleep. Maar boetie, as jy selfs liggies swenk met jou groot sterk kar, kan daar groot moeilikheid wees.
Hou by 90 vir nou en nooit oor 100 nie, tensy jy verbysteek.
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11 Nov 2016 @ 17:31:51 pm
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Welkom op die forum laat jou wa eers diens voor jy sleep soos jy meer kamp word alles makliker en lekkerder
Haak daai wa kamp bly koning
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11 Nov 2016 @ 17:40:19 pm
Kudzai
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Thank you all for the advises and welcoming me on this forum I hope I will have good camping starting this December the only thing I am worried again the guy I bought the caravan from showed me how to put on the tent with the two extra rooms, it was kind of complex when he showed me hope I will do that right.😕
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11 Nov 2016 @ 18:07:58 pm
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Welcome to the forum
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11 Nov 2016 @ 19:35:05 pm
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The resort that you will be visiting will have workers to assist you to setup camp. Just ask for them.

Take note how they do it. The second time will be your job.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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12 Nov 2016 @ 07:04:01 am
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Never be embarrassed to ask camping neighbors for advice.
99.9% of them will be only too pleased to help you out.
Your strongest weapon is your mind!
And then there's, Power Tools!
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12 Nov 2016 @ 08:27:13 am
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Kudzai welcome here and enjoy the chats.

All I can say is stay within your comfort zone while traveling, and do not excede 110km/h. If you dont feel like giving way into the yellow line stay where you are, if you feel comfortable driving at 20km/h in town do it. Your confidence will grow the more you tow.

Try and pitch your tent and everything at home first a few times, sothat you can see what the best setup for everything is, so that when you go out for the first time you dont have major meltdows while looking for poles etc.

Enjoy the van and the camping life style.

"Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
-James Baldwin-
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12 Nov 2016 @ 08:35:27 am
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Kudzai, try your planning so that you arrive at your destination, at least two or more hours before sunset. 

That way, you will be finished setting up camp before dark. You also dont want to tow a caravan in the dark of night, (rather sleep over on long trips) so, planning ahead is as important as driving safely.

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12 Nov 2016 @ 08:37:37 am
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Kudzai, die probleem met spoed is dat alles so lekker in beheer voel. Jy het 'n sterk voertuig en kan maklik teen 140 kmh sleep. Maar boetie, as jy selfs liggies swenk met jou groot sterk kar, kan daar groot moeilikheid wees.
Hou by 90 vir nou en nooit oor 100 nie, tensy jy verbysteek.

Mike welkom op die forum, begin gerus 'n nuwe  draad, en vertel ons meer ivm jou ervarings ens.laughing

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14 Nov 2016 @ 08:32:37 am
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my most important rule of towing speed - it is easy to get up to any speed you choose - it is how quickly and safely you can get back to 0kph that is far more pertinent.
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14 Nov 2016 @ 08:58:40 am
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Kudzai, Before you even start considering how fast you should drive, I think you must consider your attitude towards caravanning.  Decide firstly that the holiday starts when you close the gate behind your caravan and NOT when you reach your destination.  This way you will not get frustrated because of the long journey and your family will certainly enjoy the journey too, and not only the holiday resort.  Stop often and have a cuppa or a cool drink(NOT a beer!!).  Get a tourist book and tell your children, or let your wife read for them, interesting facts about the towns you drive past.  Stop in towns, visit museums and parks where the children can play a bit. Take side roads, for instance the Nottingham Road and/or Oliviers Pass instead of the N3 where possible. Stop at roadside stalls and buy some nuts.

Then, don't set any envisaged arrival time.  If it takes you ten hours instead of six, it is not time wasted but experience and memories gained.

As for speed, you will be able to drive at 140 if you prefer, but don't.  Consider that a caravan not a very roadworthy vehicle and is not built for fast travelling but for holidaying.  In Sweden if my memory serves be right, the maximum towing speed in 80 k/h- for a reason. I am talking from years of towing experience and many four weeks' touring with the children (many years ago) and I have seen that if you follow this philosophy, everyone enjoys the trip as much or more than the destination.

Good years of caravanning- this is the only way to holiday as far as I am concerned.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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16 Nov 2016 @ 19:20:20 pm
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Thanks all for the advises, I hope I will have a good holiday will keep posting updates on how I am preparing the holiday now I am busy looking for good second hand camping stretcher beds jus saw some on special today at Makro costing about R499 are they cheap cause we gonna be like 5 adults and two kids so definitely we not going fit all of us inside the Caravan.
Thanks in advance
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16 Nov 2016 @ 20:06:48 pm
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Best would be to get Folding Matress for each adult. Stretcher lift you of the ground but thats where the comfort stops. One or two nights a stretcher would be fine longer than that you gona feel it.

Matress on the ground best I would say.

More advice stay away from "Afblaas matrasse" unless you would like to pump matresses in the middle of the night.

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18 Nov 2016 @ 09:59:10 am
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Kudazi,
You will get a lot of good advice on this forum.
One tip I can give for an inexperienced tower is not use a downhill to pass another vehicle.
You will pick up speed and the rig may start swaying. First gain experience and confidence.
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