Have you got a new caravan but are struggling to reverse it?
We understand that reversing a caravan is tricky, and it is way harder than it appears.
In this article, we have outlined a step-by-step guide for you.
Steps to successfully reverse your Caravan
Step 1: Find your turning point.
Do not attempt reversing straight away. Instead, we recommend figuring out the turning point with patience. For instance, you need to reverse the Caravan to the right side; you will have to move the steering wheel to the opposite direction, i.e., to the left. That’s an important rule!
Step 2: Turn the steering wheel.
Place your hands at the bottom of the steering wheel and turn the steering wheel to the left. Slowly return the steering wheel half a turn before gradually backing up. Continue to back up slowly and check if the rear ends of the trailer are on the right track. You can now proceed.
In case your Caravan turns too far, go forward to straighten up a bit. Also, don’t panic if your trailer isn’t perfectly straight. You are just practicing.
Tips to Reverse a Caravan Like a Pro
Here are our pro tips to help you in reversing the Caravan Like a Pro:
Know the Terminologies
You must learn basic terminologies related to Caravan reversing to avoid confusion when you start practicing.
Plan ahead of accidents
Accidents can happen when reversing caravans, so keep these important things in mind:
- Avoid unnecessary reverse.
- Plan to use the shortest possible backing distance.
- Use your assistant to guide you when reversing.
- Have a clear view of the safe path to follow.
- If you’re not sure what’s behind you, go outside and take a look.
Try the Swoop
Swooping is a procedure that can help you line up properly to reverse into a parking area. Since the front of your Caravan is at the parking point, keep swooping away from it until the rear end completely passes the point. It enables getting the rear of your vehicle at the appropriate point and an excellent angle. Now it is time to turn the wheel clockwise to get into your spot.
Always check your mirrors.
Always use your caravan mirrors. It’s important to notice your partner’s hand gestures even if you can’t see anything else. It will help you reverse with ease.
Invest in technology
Today, more and more modern caravans are manufactured with reversing cameras as standard equipment. But if you have a lower-cost trailer, try to install a camera on your Caravan back; it will make your life easier.
However, having a camera in a caravan is almost essential if you don’t have assistance to help you on a road trip.
Practice makes one perfect.
Take the time and head to a side road or a quiet parking lot to spend some time on your practice. This way, you won’t feel too pressured when backing up in front of others.
You can also make use of training obstacles for the practice. It helps you better understand and experience the turns.
Take a wider turn
If you are towing in your Caravan, do not take the lane closest to your turn. Better to leave some space for the Caravan to move with your vehicle to make the widest turn.
Make sure to signal the driver behind you, and make sure you slow down with the turns to avoid accidents.
Other Things to keep in mind
Bonus tips to excel at your Caravan reversing skills:
- Check you have ample space to reverse your van before you start the process.
- Use the handbrake of the Caravan
- Avoid sharp turns.
- Keep the van’s right side near the edge of the entrance, and you can rest assured that the left side is clear of any objects.
- Confirm you have efficient towing mirrors that allow you to see the entire side of the trailer.
- Always go slow
- Have your partner sign a document that decrees that they will never leave your sight when they guide you.
- Local parks or empty supermarket parking lots are good places to use.
And there you go! These guidelines to reverse your Caravan will help you become an expert, but it will take time! So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to take advantage of every opportunity to practice with your navigator/guide.
Good luck with your practice!