For the first Time with a motorhome or caravan – here are the dangers

The travel restrictions in the Corona pandemic is in the German interest to campers awakened. According to the Federal statistical office issued in may of this

For the first Time with a motorhome or caravan – here are the dangers

The travel restrictions in the Corona pandemic is in the German interest to campers awakened. According to the Federal statistical office issued in may of this year 10.460 number of new registrations for campers. Well over 29 percent more than a year earlier.

camper: Which license is needed?

In the case of motorhomes under 3.5 tonnes, the normal Car driving licence, class B. the motorhome Is harder, you need at least the class C1. So you are allowed to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes. Driving licences issued before 1999, to allow the Driving of both classes.

beginners should rent an RV first, and not to buy. So you can find out alone, which type suits you.

trailer: anticipatory Driving is particularly important, many of the Caravan-beginners are not aware: you are driving a small truck, so a sporty driving style is off-limits. The car accelerates slowly, and overtaking operations take significantly longer than without a trailer. Anticipatory Driving is especially important. Slowly starting and soft braking is not only the safest but also the most economical way of driving.

caution is advised in the curves because the centrifugal force pulls the trailer to the outside. Especially dangerous for towing and a side wind is. On bridges, you can feel gusts of wind more violent than usual, also every Bus or Truck enables the Caravan when Passing a shock.

driving through tunnels: Here, caution is needed

the Caravan was Supposed to come in spite of all precautions, to Flounder, and the only solution is a bold step on the brake pedal. In the case of a curved road, a high trailer tips sometimes so much so that he lanterns, trees, or house edge strips can.

What is often forgotten, are the height and the width of the pendant - this can be mainly in tunnels is problematic. At highway rest stops on the way to the Car Parking areas are covered and often with a metal rod. Who doesn't want the contouring, you should definitely follow the caravan signs and Park there, but not on Truck Parking.

Treacherous: Steep driveways avoid better

Not only for beginners, also for Experienced trips with the Trailer over the mountain passes are a real challenge. The ADAC recommends that, to avoid steep and long passes, and better to take a detour. Who would dare, however, should address in the early hours of the morning, or before sunrise, the mountain tour. Then the temperature of the air is lower and less traffic on the road. Recommended Cars with automatic transmission and hill start assist - you help the beginners to a relaxed arrival.

temperature display against check: brakes and clutch can quickly get too hot

Speaking of temperature, be driving: When driving uphill, you should pay attention to the temperature indicator for the cooling water. The device of the pointer in the red area, you should stop immediately and allow the engine to cool. Also, the clutch can be hot, if you have to leave in a line of traffic more often grinding. Here you will find all of the parts of the FOCUS-Online camping series "Finally holidays"

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Likewise, it may be the brakes. This applies to driving, especially when going downhill the braking is power and the braking distance will be extended in addition.

a Proper Load note: failure to observe high penalties

threaten again and again to be exceeded when Packing the payload. This can just lead abroad, to severe penalties and also the towing vehicle overwhelm. At best, you choose the Caravan so that its allowable total mass of about 200 kg under the maximum permitted load on the towing vehicle.

For a complete Caravan novices, it is recommended to have a special driving safety training. It is quickly gaining a feel for the peculiarities and challenges when Driving with a Trailer.

For Camping beginners, has created FOCUS Online a practical check list for the equipment.

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Updated Date: 26 July 2020, 06:27

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