The question the trucking industry needs to answer is, what’s wrong with caravans? Why are they regarded with so much negativity by truckies?
This video is an example of the attitude of some truckies towards caravans. It is regarded as entertaining for those attending the Convoy in the Park truck show, in the UK, to watch two caravans being towed by prime movers and being smashed to pieces in a kind of caravan jousting competition.
The trucking industry’s frustration with caravans is being taken out on the caravans themselves, but not at the cause of the problem. The cause, as we all know, is the caravaner. Actually, the problem is some caravaners. We shouldn’t forget camper vans either, but for the sake of simplicity we will lump them all under the title of caravaners.
Many of those hauling their caravans on our roads, especially the grey nomads who populate our more remote roads, are aware of the need to be courteous and considerate to trucks and their needs. Responsible caravan owners fit UHFs in their towing vehicles and will talk to any truckie coming up behind them and help them pass.
Trucks need to be maximising their speeds at all times to meet schedules and to get paid. The case for the caravaner is exactly opposite, time is not of the essence, enjoying the landscape and having a relaxed ride is more important.
There is also the perennial issue of the caravan/camper van tootling along the two lane highway at 85 km/h and then speeding up to 100 km/h when there is an overtaking lane, stopping any frustrated truckie from overtaking. This is not helpful.
It is a potent mix, truckies who have to get there quick and have difficulty accelerating and overtaking cars, meeting caravaners with a wide vehicle taking their time. It’s very easy for both sides of the argument get upset and do something rash.