Safe connections with solo campers

ScreenNameF22998D69C replied on 15/03/2021 20:10

Posted on 15/03/2021 20:10

Hi,

I started solo caravanning last year.  I think it would be very good if we solo campers could connect, share tips etc but the question is how to do this safely.

My biggest challenge is getting my car in the right position to hitch the caravan on my own.  Also with dogs, what to do with them when I need to use the facilities (maybe I should have bought a van with these).  Any ideas, anyone?

Jan

ABM replied on 15/03/2021 23:13

Posted on 15/03/2021 23:13

Best thing you can do, SNF ?, would be to browse thro' the Singles Threads on here, then you can put your questions to folks who MIGHT have answers, or at least be able to tell you where to find those answers !  Some may even tell you where the "Singles" threads are on NON-CT fora ( But I could never suggest that now could I  )

Biggarmac replied on 18/03/2021 11:14

Posted on 18/03/2021 11:14

The solos group on here have migrated to more active groups such as the New Companions Camping Club, who organise get togethers.  They are mainly on Club sites.  Look on the website www.newcompanions.org.uk.

With regard to hitching.  Some solos get a reversing camera to be able to see the hitch.  I left my dog in the van when using facilities.  Either that or tied her up outside the toilet block.  With all the dog theft now that might not be such good advice!

redface replied on 22/03/2021 19:35

Posted on 22/03/2021 19:35

With regards to your biggest challenge of hooking up van to car I would suggest a set of motor movers.

They can be used with great accuracy and I have never regretted getting them fitted on my own caravan..

flumpetting replied on 19/04/2021 23:43

Posted on 19/04/2021 23:43

Hi

I'm a single caravanner and have been for 10+ years.  I have 2 dogs and (usually) travel to Europe 2-3 times a year.  Great fun and meet lots of great people :).

As I'm on my own I've learnt to adapt to do things that would normally need 2 people.  i have a reversing camera on my car to back up to the caravan.  i also have a reversing camera on the caravan for reversing with that.  I've a motor mover on the van so that the tricky bits and fine manoeuvring can be done with that.  I've a very light weight canopy awning that i can fit on my own and in a matter of mins.  I've also a power drill for the legs (coz I'm lazy!)

Dogs are fine in the van on their own and have been taught from an early age to behave.  i do pull the blinds down to stop them being distracted by people passing too close or dogs running past when i leave them.

Biggest issue i have is 'well meaning' people who try and help a lone female.  It's difficult as i know they're only trying to help, but often, I'm better on my own as i get flustered if i don't work to my own methods.  At one point i had 5 Italian men trying to help me get out of a very tight spot with the van on a campsite in the Italian Alps, and they were all offering different advice and getting me really flustered.  If I'd been left on my own i would have been fine - unhitch the van and use the mover -  but they were adamant they knew best...  

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