Improve your tourer towing knowledge with the Camping & Caravan Club
If you’re passionate about your caravanning holidays, but find the journey a little stressful, a manoeuvring course from The Camping and Caravanning Club could be just the thing to help you hone your skills.
Last year saw the launch of a new Beginners Course, designed for those new to caravanning or returning to the hobby after a break. It’s designed to give you all the information and skills you need to feel safe and confident when towing your caravan.
You’ll learn how to load and level your caravan safely, along with the correct way to hitch and unhitch your car and caravan. You will be given advice and feedback throughout the day, so you can be sure that you will have all the information and advice you need.
You will also go out on the road and get one-to-one tuition with an instructor, who will give you helpful tips on your driving to help you tow more safely, and useful feedback once you have finished. The route has been carefully planned to give you a realistic experience of different roads, from town centres to A-roads and dual carriageways.
I already know how to tow
The Manoeuvring Course is great for those who have been towing for a while and gives you the opportunity to improve your skills when reversing and pitching on site.
You’ll take part in a series of practical exercises, designed to improve the manoeuvres you’ll find yourself doing time and again, including hitching and unhitching, and reversing in a straight line and around corners.
As well as the practical sessions on each course, you’ll also have a classroom session. Here, you’ll cover some of the theory and legal aspects of towing, helping to ensure that you’re safe and legal when out on the road or on site.
What are the courses like?
Malcolm Andrew attended a course in 2015 and had this to say: “I would like to thank all the instructors, they were all so friendly and interesting to listen to. The obvious effort that they put in to organising this course was first class. I now feel that I have more confidence when towing, so many thanks to everyone involved for a brilliant day. I would advise anyone thinking of taking the course that you could not do better than putting your trust in these guys, they are brilliant.”
Whichever course you decide to attend, it will be led by a team of friendly, qualified instructors. All passionate caravanners or motorhomers themselves, they have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with you.
• Find out more about the courses at www.clubcourses.co.uk or call 024 7767 0075. Courses fees start from £105 for Club members. If you’re not already a member of the Club, you can take advantage of the combined offer of membership and a manoeuvring course by calling 024 7767 0075.