With the weather warming up and restrictions starting to lift, many of us will be thinking of summer staycations. Camping and caravan holidays are an appealing option and have surged in popularity recently. Campervan and motorhome sharing community Camplify even predicts 2021 will be a record year for campervan rentals.
Hitting the open road safely
Camping and caravanning holidays really offer a chance for families to get away from it all and be closer to nature. This year especially, there’s a lot to love about having the freedom to hitch up a caravan or trailer and hit the open road. While we can’t do much about the weather or the constant cries of “are we there yet?” – here at Draper Tools we can help ensure you are properly prepared for a safe journey. Ensuring your load is safe, secure and legally compliant has never been easier, thanks to our brand new range of towing essentials.
Tow Bars and more
Most cars have a maximum weight they can tow. Make sure you do your research on the weight ratio between your vehicle and what you’re planning to tow. It’s important that the towed vehicle can withstand external forces, such as high winds. A highlight of our towing essentials is the Rigid Towing Brace (2000kg), which has a secure multi-position push locking system and is capable of towing a vehicle weighing up to 2000kg (2 tonne). It’s manufactured to meet industry TUV/GS standards and supplied with warning flag, ‘ON TOW’ sign and storage bag.
Safe secure loads
Whether you’ve got paddle boards, kayaks or surfboards on the roof, or a trailer full of camping gear, you’ll need a selection of reliable bungees and straps. Our 12 Hook Bungee Cargo Net is a practical option for keeping vehicle loads safe and secure whilst in transit. This handy 75cm by 75cm elasticated rubber net comes complete with 12 plastic hooks for maximum security. For a heavy duty option that’s sure to keep everything securely in place for the duration of the journey, try our 600mm Heavy Duty Bungees. These feature steel hooks with plastic coating to prevent scratching and an 8mm diameter. They’re made from high-quality rubber to increase durability and ensure a long service life. There’s also a comprehensive range of tie down straps available from Draper Tools.
Plugs and sockets to keep you compliant
Towing plugs and sockets to connect the electrics from your car to your trailer or caravan are another key consideration. Draper Tools has a whole range to help, from 7-pin electrics to provide basic lighting, blinkers and break lights though to 13-pin for reversing lights, rear mist light, battery pack and even your fridge. Check out our towing plugs and towing sockets, all designed to help keep you safe and compliant on the roads.
Before you set off any significant journey, tyre safety is always important. Stopping distances can really be affected by unsafe tyres, so always check your tread depth and tyre pressure before you leave. It’s quick and simple to do and makes a big difference, which could ultimately save you a lot of trouble later. We’ve got plenty of guidance on getting your tyres ready for summer road trips here.
We hope you’re as excited for a family staycation as we are. Wherever you’re off to, stay safe and enjoy the adventure. Always check your government’s latest advice before travelling.
Browse our complete range of towing essentials here.