Here we share how you should load your caravan to make the most of the available space, and also how we distributed the weight to make it easier and safer to hitch, brake and tow the van.
In the A-van there are 3.7 square metres of enclosed storage space spread across two main areas – under the bed and inside the two bench seats.
What goes where?
Most of the space under the bed we allocated to our clothing and leisure items.
In the centre compartment we have two strong plastic tubs for our clothes. We also share one more tub that we store in the right compartment containing larger items such as raincoats and wetsuits. Alongside these are our snorkels, spearfishing gear and the microwave (which never comes out!).
Given the clothes tubs are relatively heavy, this weight is balanced out with the caravan’s water tank, battery and Drew’s coffee machine, which are situated on the left-hand-side compartment.
In the front under the bench seats we store our Weber BBQ and beer on one side, and on the other we keep items required for setting up the caravan such as the annexe, turf mat and power leads.
Both of these areas are easily accessible from a hatch outside the caravan, so it’s also the perfect spot for our tyre jack and wheel wrench.
The cupboard under the sink contains kitchen items and the drawers next to the bed hold everyday items such as torches and books.
It’s great that our pantry items are stored away in the car, as this has freed up more space in the caravan.
The weight of our stored items needed to be less than the 300kg allowable payload for our single-axle caravan. This includes the weight of water and gas.
By sticking to the manufacturer’s recommended specifications, we are not only keeping the van within warranty but also avoiding potential issues from overloading tyres, springs, axles or brakes.
Therefore it was important for us to load the caravan as equally as possible, front and back, and side to side.
We were aware that if we added additional heavy items such as spare wheels or water containers to the exterior of the caravan, it may have hindered steering, braking and hitching. As such, we opted to stick with one spare caravan tyre on the rear of the van and store our extra water containers in the tow rig.
Making the most of the space available and paying attention to how we distribute the weight has allowed us to safely load our caravan, making it easier to tow and access our belongings.
Drew and Court are a Melbourne couple who are traveling around Australia for the next 10 months. They’re writing about their experiences for Without a Hitch, giving us the real story of life on the road.