GoRV - Digital Magazine Issue #57 - Page 42

RV FEATURE

TOWING FOR RECREATION , NOT WRECK-CREATION !

A POEM TO GET YOU THINKING ABOUT PREPARING , AND TOWING , A CARAVAN IN A SAFE AND LEGAL MANNER …

It ’ s a good life for the vanners who live out on the road Seeing our great country , without fixed abode But there ’ s danger ever lurking , on our highways when you drive So be careful when you travel , so you get back home alive .
Towing sure can be a problem , if something isn ' t right It may be out of mind , but it ’ s never out of sight So check that all ’ s okay , both the tow rig and the van And enjoy the pleasures of your trips , as safely as you can .
Is the van in sound condition , are mechanicals still good ? Are you never over-loaded , does it tow the way it should ? Is the ball load as it should be , not too high and not too low To give the safest handling , on whatever roads you go ?
Are the tyres still roadworthy , and still have lots of grip ? Have you had the brakes adjusted , so they ’ ll never lock or slip ? Are the pressures set correctly , as the makers recommend , To give the needed traction , on a hill or on a bend ?
Are all the lights still shining , and the coupling ’ s done up tight ? Are the safety chains and shackles still connected safe and right ? Are your heavy goods stored safely , in the middle of the van ? Are the wheels and bearings still turning well , as smoothly as they can ?
Do you understand the meaning of each rating and each force Of the tow-rig and the caravan , and their legalise , of course ? There ’ s the ATM and ball load , the Tare and GTM There ’ s the GCM and towbar specs , you need to know ’ bout them !
42 \