Pre Holiday Checklist

As the excitement of an upcoming trip build, it is always recommended that your caravan and vehicle are properly prepared for the journey ahead. Please take the time to browse through the checklist below to make sure you are truly ready for the trip of a lifetime.

These tasks will only take a few minutes. In doing these checks you will have piece of mind and more confidence in your van.


  • Fuel tank(s) full.
  • Oil level in engine and transmission.
  • Water or coolant level.
  • Condition of all hoses.
  • Fan belt tension and condition.
  • Brake Fluid level.
  • Tyre pressures, including spare.
  • Operation of lights.
  • Mirrors secured and adjusted.
  • Air shockers inflated (if fitted).
  • Insect screen in front of radiator.


  • Cupboards and drawers closed & table secured.
  • Refrigerator door locked - check that containers with liquids are sealed.
  • Hatches and windows closed.
  • No loose items in cupboards or on shelves.
  • Fire extinguisher fitted.


  • Gas bottle fitted and secured.
  • Water tank filled.
  • Brakes checked and adjusted.
  • Wheel bearings adjusted.
  • Wheel nuts tight AND condition of tyres.

Note: It is advisable to have the caravan serviced by a specialist prior to the journey


  • Jockey wheel removed or secured.
  • Lights operating correctly.
  • Gas turned off.
  • Tyres inflated correctly.
  • Doors closed and locked.
  • Jacks raised or safety stands removed.
  • Wheel chocks removed.
  • Hand brake released. Electrical connection between car and van secured.
  • 240V electrical lead disconnected.
  • Steps raised.
  • Towing aid correctly fitted.
  • Safety chains secured.
  • Wind down caravan aerial.
  • Check tightness of ball mount and tow ball.
  • Remove water and sullage hose.
  • Secure the table top.


  • Fan belt.
  • Radiator hoses.
  • Engine oil.
  • Coolant.
  • Spare wheel and tyre to suit caravan.
  • Tube to suit car and caravan tyre.
  • Insulating tape.
  • Electrical wire.


  • Assortment of tools to suit sizes on car & caravan.
  • Tyre levers (2).
  • Wheel brace to suit wheel nuts on car and caravan.
  • Jack to suit car and caravan
  • Tyre gauge.
  • Wheel chocks.
  • Blocks for placing under corner stabilisers when ground is soft or under a wheel when site not level.

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.

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.

*All Country Time Caravans are fitted with a 1kg powder fire extinguisher that MUST be serviced every 6 months.