Camper Calamities | Southern Cross Camper Trailers

Camper Calamities

Common Driving, Hitching, Loading and Camping Mistakes to avoid with your Camper Trailers:

There are five mistakes you can make before you even leave your driveway, so check these before you even switch on the ignition:

  •        Jockey Wheel – did you swing it up?
  •        Handbrake – did you release it?
  •        Trailer Plug – did you connect it?
  •        Chains – did you connect them?

Not releasing the hand brake on the trailer  We had a recent experience of a customer who had someone else hitch their trailer and from the destruction caused to the wheel hub and axle knew immediately that it was the result of a hand brake not being released.

Unplug your electrics after unhitching the trailer and before driving off.  

Inspect your tyres,  check for uneven tread wear and incorrect pressures .

Check your wheel nuts are tight. Your trailer left us with the wheel nuts hand torqued to 100ft/lbs.

Make sure those rear stabilisers are down, touching the ground, and with perhaps another half circle on the winder to be sure.

Connecting the water pump hoses. There are two hoses, one orange and one white, hiding under the sink. On the side wall inside the trailer are two connections, colour coded orange and white!

Packing up – closing all the windows and door will make packing up easier, but remember that Southern Cross uses a high quality canvas. It is best to leave one zip undone a few inches to let the air out.

All our camper trailers have a stove supplied. Connecting to a gas bottle is exactly the same as on your home barbie!  Make sure you have the right size for the holder.  Double check your gas bottles as you would do at home.  

Wet Tent -  Our canvas is high quality and very forgiving but still unpack the tent when you get home and fold it out until it is dry dry.

When loading a quad or other toys onto our Haulers make sure the ramps are securely fitted.

Lighting problems –the electrics on all our trailers are personally checked by the owners before they are licenced and checked with our vehicles by the licencing Inspectors checking too.  We will not allow you to drive out the driveway without checking again on your vehicle.  If, however, your trailer was freighted to you and the lights are not working, – CHECK THE CAR! Check your trailer sockets are not fouled by dust and moisture.

Driving too fast!!   For heaven’s sake!! You are in charge of a machine weighing probably a tonne and a half plus passengers and you are towing another machine weighing somewhere between (depending on model) three quarters of a tonne to two tonnes! Keep to or under the speed limits!