Common Caravanning Issues to Avoid

Caravanning, the epitome of freedom and adventure, should be a seamless experience. One marked by memorable, enriching escapades that bring friends and family closer together through shared journeys and discoveries. After all, that’s why we got started to begin with. 

Yet, some common pitfalls can put a dampener on your experiences. In this guide, we share the most frequent mistakes and how to avoid making them yourself. 

To learn more about how to get the most out of your caravanning, read our previous how-to guide for both beginner and seasoned travellers;  Everything You Need to Know About Driving with a Caravan – here.

being unprepared

Embarking on a long road trip without adequate preparation is akin to setting sail without a compass. While the possibilities of what can go wrong are endless, being prepared can mitigate many potential issues. From flat tyres to unexpected weather changes, it pays to anticipate the unexpected.

flat tyres

Your journey’s smoothness quite literally depends on the condition of your tyres. For both your caravan and your towing vehicle, ensuring tyres are properly inflated and free from damage is paramount. A flat tyre in the middle of nowhere can quickly turn your adventure into a stressful situation.

prepping for one condition

Mother Nature is unpredictable, and being ill-equipped for her whims can dampen your spirits. From scorching heat to torrential downpours, packing for all weather scenarios ensures you’re ready for whatever comes your way. Remember, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

no travel plan

Wandering aimlessly may sound romantic, but a lack of direction can lead to unnecessary stress and expenses. Having a rough travel plan outlining your route, fuel stops, and overnight stops ensures a smoother journey. Mapping out your journey beforehand can save you time, money, and headaches along the way.

caravan maintenance

Neglecting routine maintenance is a recipe for disaster. From faulty brakes to leaking roofs, common caravan issues can quickly escalate if left unchecked. Regular servicing by qualified professionals not only ensures your safety but also prolongs the life of your caravan. Don’t wait for a breakdown to address maintenance issues; be proactive and schedule regular check-ups.

unsecured items

When it comes to caravanning, everything must have its place. Failing to properly secure items inside and outside your caravan can result in damage, injury, or worse. From awnings to kitchenware, ensure everything is strapped down or stowed away securely before hitting the road. A little extra effort in securing your belongings can prevent a lot of unexpected work along the way.


Finding the balance between preparedness and overpacking is crucial. While it’s tempting to bring along every creature comfort, overloading your caravan can lead to handling issues and increased fuel consumption. Pack only the essentials and distribute weight evenly to maintain stability on the road.

As you gear up for your next caravanning adventure, keep these common issues in mind to ensure a hassle-free journey. Remember, preparation is key, and a little foresight can go a long way in making your trip a memorable one for all the right reasons.

hit the road in style

Ready to embark on your next adventure? Make sure you do it in style with Lotus Caravans. The Lotus Caravans Transformer combines luxury and durability, ensuring you travel in comfort wherever the road may take you. With an extendable floor plan and feature-rich layout, it’s the ultimate touring caravan for those seeking the freedom of adventure.

Lotus Caravans Transformer


It's no secret that journeying across this amazing country comes with its share of expenses, from food to diesel. But that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying the freedom of the open road.