Caravan owners warned of ‘unsafe loading’ ahead of staycations – how to avoid breakdowns

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The Government’s latest Trailer Safety report shows over 7,000 breakdowns attended by the RAC and AA had a trailer or caravan present. Of these just over 1,000 breakdowns directly involved a trailer or caravan.

The report shows the majority of trailer or caravan breakdowns were caused by tyre-related issues.

These can be caused by simple defects but safety experts warn “unsafe loading” can play a part in some cases.

The report said: “The AA provided data on the type of breakdowns attended in 2018.

“There were 1,078 breakdowns involving a trailer or caravan. The majority of these were tyre-related (61 percent).

“Of all the breakdowns attended by the AA in this period, these tyre-related breakdowns of trailers or caravans accounted for 0.1 percent.”

The second most prevalent reason for breakdowns was an issue with the vehicle’s towing glitch.

In total, 15.4 percent reported towing issues with their trailers.

The data shows poorly loaded vehicles were also to blame for 12 percent of incidents involving caravans and trailers.

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Tyre issues were also blamed for causing many insurance claims among providers.

Data from the Caravan and Motorhome Club (CAMC) and The Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) showed nearside wheel loss was one of the most frequent claims made by road users.

The CCC also identified tyre blowouts as one of the main causes for owners to make insurance claims.

Detachment of the trailer and collisions generated by snaking of the trailer was also responsible for most insurance claims.

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