Ways to Protect your Caravan from Extreme Weather

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Ways to protect your caravan from extreme weather

Wild weather is not new to Aussies. In fact, from Perth until Sydney, Oz observes varied temperatures, weathers and climates every day like nowhere else. Hence, if you’re plunging into a long route for your caravanning trip, you need to keep tabs on the weather around your destinations at all times. For caravan road safety tips, read the top causes of caravan accidents.

From wildfires to floods, for every natural disaster due to extreme weather, there is a safe set of precautions to limit its damages.

flooded caravan

But before we get into that, you must remember the most important safety measure –  protect yourself first. And for an incoming storm, veterans say that knowing that a storm is on the rise a few minutes early can give you adequate lead time to save your life too!

Here are safety precautions in times of bad weather and types of weather you should expect in Oz.

Strong Winds and Cyclone

Considered the biggest threat to caravans, insurances report that over 4% of caravanner claims were used to repair damages incurred due to strong wind.

Given this, never tow a caravan during strong winds. Instead, stop driving, go to a safe place and look for a place where the caravan is protected from the winds. ...read more!

Solution
A simple hack is to dig holes under your caravan wheel to increase wind resistance. To avoid snaking or overturning, stop driving and sink posts of angle iron at the tyre corners. Tie your van down as firmly as possible with 6 to 8 pins or chains, depending on your rig’s size.

During a hailstorm, park your rig facing the hailstorm as toughened window panes are invincible to hailstorms.

Snow and Extreme Winter

Caravan towing during icy cold weather is highly discouraged. But if you’re already trapped in snow, your best move is to stay calm and wait for the sunlight.

You should not ignore loss of traction during winter, as this could cause accidents. Ensure that your itinerary is foolproof and that your tyres are in good condition ...read more!

Solution
Caravanners must increase the visibility of their rigs as snow erases its outlines, increasing the chance of an accident to occur. Every gram of extra laden weight can cause the grip of your rig to slip. Moreover, carrying extra rock salt or chains can be helpful to melt the snow or increase traction.

Floods and Wet season

Australia’s torrential rains are a sure thing of beauty, but great disasters too. Aquaplaning happens when wheels lose the traction underwater. When this happens, driving becomes tedious. Hence, avoid driving in the rain, as you would never know if a flash flood is coming your way....read more!

Solution

The simplest hack to driving in rain safely is to maintain a low speed and not to go too fast. Chain your rig and find a secure shelter high or uphill. Moreover, wet seasons can also blur the visibility of the driver.

Better to stop the vehicle until the road clears.

During lightning and thunderstorm, stay inside your caravan and close the windows. Moreover, avoid parking under trees.

Fire

From bushfire to wildfires, there are many types of fires a caravanner must be prepared for when trotting the wilderness. Remember that where controlled burning is observed, fire hazards are common. When visiting such areas, avoid leaving your rig unattended....read more!

Solution

So that you won’t be caught off-guard by fires, park your caravan at a levelled site and close to the exit. Avoid leaving fires unattended especially around children. In addition, install a tiny smoke detector in your rig today!

 

Scorching Hot Sun

Extreme summers are truly unbearable. With no visible signs,  dehydration and sunstroke can turn critical at any moment too. Apart from turning on the Air conditioning, you can also avoid cooking indoors and high drain equipment too. ...read more!

Solution

To ease the heat during extreme hot weather, insulate your windows and start a herb garden on your rig’s rooftop.

Additionally, be aware of the area where the sun rises so you could avoid it and pick a campsite next to a river if possible.

Insurance

Yet another ingenious way to protect yourself from heat deterioration, flood damages and permanent damages due to natural disasters, the best tension-free idea is to insure your rig along with all implements inside. Insurance guarantees peace of mind, in addition to paying claims in the time of need. ...read more!

Pick strong awnings that can withstand strong winds and make sure to insure the same. Note that  as the highest claims due to extreme weather account it to high winds. In addition, make sure to update your insurance periodically too.

General Protection

Always ensure that you’re in a safe place. Then, tether your caravan well with a sturdy chain. Make sure you report to your local authorities and request help if you find yourself in such a precarious situation. Monitor the local weather alerts and ensure that your items in the caravan are securely fixed. If you cannot find ways to escape, hence, secure yourself and hold your calmth.

Moreover, remove all valuables and batteries from your caravan. Keep flammable objects out and unplug the electrical appliances.

Conclusion

Part of the thrill of caravanning across Australia is winning over its extreme weather. However, in order to ensure that you can overcome any danger, be aware of the weather along the route and at your destination at all times.

Extreme weather definitely does not happen in an instant, so it’s best to keep tabs on the news to stay safe. Also referred to as wild weather driving, we recommend that you weather proof your caravan first to ensure your safety during erratic weather.

The golden rule –  even a tiny rain can skid a caravan, so avoid taking risks during extreme weather!

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