How to prevent your touring caravan being stolen

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  1. Arthur Branthwaite says:

    Maybe it’s a selfish point of view but if my caravan was involved in an accident and turned over, I would prefer it to separate from my tow vehicle to avoid it turning over too with the obvious consequences to the cars occupants. I can understand locking the units together to minimise injuries to other road users, but self preservation is a natural thought surely .Hard decision?

  2. stuart l says:

    With regard to your ‘advice’ to lock the caravan onto the car when towing, I used to do this, until I was severely told off by a traffic police officer at a motorway service area. (He was also a caravanner). He explained that if the two are locked together, but either vehicle goes into a skid and overturns, it will inevitably take the other part over with it., if they are locked together. If they are not locked, there is a fair chance that they will separate in the action of turning over, and one part or the other may stay upright. If it is the ‘van, it should self brake when the emergency cable snaps.

    • Hi Stuart
      Thanks for sharing that info. We can see the logic in that. Let me check it out with one of our experts.

    • Hi Stuart, we referred your question to Tim Booth, a Leisure Vehicles Officer at AVCIS Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service.

      Tim tells us that although it is not a criminal offence to drive your caravan whilst it’s secured to the tow vehicle in this way, there are a number of schools of thought on the topic as you suggest.

      Securing the two vehicles in this way serves to protect other road users from the dangers of a detached trailer. The likelihood of such a danger occurring is reduced if the two are secured. The recovery of separated trailers from the carriageway – or from the opposite carriageway in some cases – results in additional danger and delays to road users and recover vehicles. Recovery Operators carry specialist equipment that would allow them, if necessary, to separate the two elements at the scene to the facilitate recovery so there is no need to worry about locks / devices jamming in place.

      It is also a priority of the Highways Agency to seek to provide safer roads and therefore safer journeys. Securing of the two elements serves as both a positive security provision for those seeking to protect their caravan / trailer, and also as a means of reducing risk.

      Please let me know if you need anything else.

      Lucie
      Caravan Guard

  3. Colin Eccles says:

    Very interesting article on caravan security, being newcomers to caravanning I’m glad to see we’ve taken as many precautions as you suggest. However one added precaution whilst on site is our Dobermann who barks quite viciously if a sparrow lands on the roof-so woe betide anyone trying to get in. Good articles all round, thanks.

    • Craig says:

      Thanks for the great comment Colin. Maybe we should offer a caravan insurance security discount for installation of Dobermanns!! I wouldn’t fancy being a thief trying to break into your ‘van.
      Craig
      Caravan Guard

  4. Craig says:

    Hi Guy

    Sorry we didn’t respond sooner. Thank you very much for your kind comments.

    Happy Caravanning!

  5. Guy Hudson says:

    All the advice given by your agents has been accurate and precise and helps provide worry free camping and touring.

  6. Guy Hudson says:

    I am now on my third caravan due to constant saving and upgrading, a massive “thank you” to all the team as they have helped make the transition between vans faultless.
    The price increases have been surprisingly low especially on my new Swift Conquerer 645.


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