5 tips for autumn touring
Get ready for touring in autumn with these top tips to tweak your routine and a selection of products to make sure you and your outfit are ready to go.
Pictured: Abbey Wood Club campsite
Touring is not just for summer and if you want to make the most of using your caravan or motorhome, you may be looking at booking a pitch in the latter months of the year for the first time. Get ready with these top tips to tweak your routine and a selection of products to make sure you and your outfit are ready to go!
1. Make sure your 'van has grip
Damp weather and fallen leaves shouldn’t slow you down. If you are not on hard-standing, parking your outfit on grip mats enables a quick getaway with minimal fuss. Look for a lattice design that can be locked together like the Milenco Giant Lattice Grip Mats for optimal traction in mud.
Make sure you have a sturdy step that won’t become slippery when wet. Look for wide rubber feet that will distribute weight evenly on multiple surfaces, and a grippy tread pattern. For extra security, some steps such as the Milenco Giant Double Step even have pegging holes to secure the step on grass pitches.
2. Keep it warm
It’s always important to make sure you have enough gas to power your heating and hot water, especially for cooler evenings. But don’t rely on guesswork; there are several gas level checking products available that give an accurate indicator, such as the Truma Gas Level Check for manual reading, or the Gas Level Control which is attached to the gas bottle magnetically and sends accurate readings direct to your mobile device.
Coming back to a pre-heated space and full tank of hot water can make touring even more appealing in autumn. The Truma iNet Control Box is easily installed with iNet-compatible Truma heating systems, or the Alde Compact 3020 HE Boiler.
3. Be road-ready
As days are shorter, you may be more likely to be travelling to and from your destination in the dark, so make sure you can be seen. Always check your indicator and brake lights before setting off. Keep a high-vis vest to hand alongside an emergency warning triangle such as BriteAngle which incorporates high-intensity LED lights so you can be seen 300m away in day or night.
Make sure your tyre tread is in good condition and use an accurate tyre pressure gauge to ensure they are correctly inflated.
4. Keep it clean
When you arrive on-site, a good waterless wash such as DrySparkle makes light work of any road grime. Cleaning is as easy as spraying on and wiping off with no water or scrubbing required. DrySparkle leaves an invisible protective finish that is safe for use on all caravan and motorhome bodywork, wheels, windows and paintwork.
5. Keep up with maintenance
Regular maintenance helps everything run more smoothly for longer, and saves money in the long run. Remember to lubricate your window and door seals with a silicone spray such as Thetford Maintenance Spray. Ensure you aerate your vehicle during and after each trip to prevent damp, especially if you use your on-board shower.
Always inspect your caravan and motorhome exterior bodywork before heading off and check all pumps, taps, heating and electrics are working as expected. If anything needs replacing, you can find many universal parts and fittings at Club Shop.