Winter Caravan Care

For caravan owners across the UK in particular, preparing your caravan for winter is essential to ensure your primary getaway vehicle is ready to go next spring. If you are unsure what needs to be done in order to get ready for colder weather, then please read on for hints, tips and advice from Phantom.

Caring for your caravan is important all year round, but for those few months during winter when they don't see much of the road, it is even more important to ensure your beloved caravan makes it through the bad weather.

Caravan Essentials

l Clean the inside and outside of your caravan thoroughly to remove any dirt, grime and to ensure no mould will form

l If you have a caravan cover, use one with a waxy coating inside, as it will make the clean-up process much easier and will protect your caravan from the elements

l Check your tyre pressure when you set up hibernation, regularly throughout the winter months and again before your first trip out next year

l Use wheel steadies to keep your caravan in one place whilst not in use

l Remove all perishable items from your caravan

l Clean out the fridge and freezer, ensuring you leave the fridge door ajar

l Close all windows, checking seals as you do

l Let cushions and pillows air out by standing them upright, away from the walls

l Use moisture traps, if necessary

l Leave internal doors open to allow air to circulate

l Drain taps and shower head. Dry thoroughly

l Remove internal water tank

l Thoroughly clean and empty the toilet

l Disconnect the gas and store cylinders away from buildings and heat sources

l Remove all batteries and turn plugs off

l Charge mains battery and spares

l Test heating sporadically throughout your caravan downtime

If you are cautious about leaving your caravan unoccupied for a long period of time, especially if it is in storage away from your watchful eye and your home, then it might be worth investing in a caravan tracking device and/or an in-car CCTV system.

 Our caravan tracking service is a method of ensuring you can locate your caravan if it gets stolen. Using GPS, it will locate your caravan to within 8-feet; and our surveillance team will notify you and the relevant authorities. Create a bespoke package that allows you to monitor and track your vehicle 24 hours a day, no matter where you are.

The installation and use of an in-car CCTV system not only allows you to capture incredible family moments on holidays and weekends away, but motion activated cameras can catch criminals in the act, and even provide evidence where necessary.

For more information on keeping your caravan or car safe this winter, please contact our team and we will be more than happy to help you. 

The Importance of Vehicle Tracking

In today’s digital age, it seems almost all businesses that rely heavily on transport have got some sort of vehicle tracking service in place, and here at Phantom, we couldn't be happier about it. While not all technology has a place in cars, vans, lorries and trucks, there is certainly a need for tracking systems.

What does it do?

Our full-service fleet tracking software is designed to keep your fleet of business vehicles safe and secure at an affordable price, without compromising on quality.

Utilising Global Positioning Systems (GPS), our vehicle tracking service remotely observes and records fleet locations and behaviour. Allowing you to watch in real-time with an accuracy of up to 45 seconds; you can monitor where your staff are, 24 hours a day. This is important in order to analyse fuel consumption, and is highly beneficial when it comes to ensuring driver safety, should a vehicle break down or be involved in an accident.

The Benefits

l Our vehicle tracking service allows tracking of routes, speed, driving patterns, time spent idle, mileage and time spent driving

l The above information allows for improved record keeping, forecasting of routes, fuel consumption and auditing

l Tracking is also useful for recording driving times and ensuring drivers are taking regular breaks

l Utilising GPS allows you to pinpoint the exact location of a vehicle, allowing for a faster response time from a recovery vehicle or emergency services, if necessary

l The use of a fleet tracking system promotes responsible driving, increased productivity and efficiency; staff are more accountable for their time while on the clock and as a result of this, they are more likely to drive safely and on target

Speculate to Accumulate

While a vehicle tracking service isn't as cheap as relying on staff to relay information, it will ultimately save your business money and maximise profit. Through careful monitoring of fuel consumption and driving patterns, you can better organise your fleet to minimise fuel used, and in doing so, provide customers with a more efficient service. Happy customers are more likely to use your service again, thus resulting in an increase in profits.

For more information on how you can get started with a fleet vehicle tracking service, please contact Phantom today and obtain a quote for your business.

Beware Jack Frost

With cold weather on the way, we are all set for the onslaught of frost, ice, hail, sleet, snow and freezing cold winds, are you? Get your winter car kit ready to go, and be prepared to spend a good chunk of your breakfast time defrosting your car in the mornings. Scrapers at the ready!

Despite the colder weather, the festive season brings with it high spirits and merriment. You might drive into town after work for a catch up with an old friend, as is the Christmas way, and before you know it, its 1 am, you've had a few too many so you call a cab and set a reminder to collect your car in the morning.

The door lock on your car is frozen shut, theres a lot of frost on your windows and its ice cold outside. Once you have successfully thawed out your lock, its often tempting to leave your car running to defrost your windows for five minutes before you get scraping.

If either of these scenarios sounds like something you might do, we urge you to stop, immediately.

Statistics indicate that there is an increase of around 50% in car crime during the winter period, with fleet drivers being amongst some of the worst hit (source). The scenarios above will only contribute to this alarming figure, so it is advisable to exercise extra precaution this winter.

While defrosting your car in the morning, never leave your car unlocked and unattended with the keys in the ignition - you are essentially making your car an easy target for opportunist thieves. Stealing cars that are left running in driveways is known as Jack Frost Car Jacking. Be aware that should your car be stolen in this way, your insurance provider is unlikely to pay out. It is in your interest to ensure the safety of your car at all times, even on the driveway.

If you must leave your car overnight, ensure it is parked in a safe, secure and well-lit car park, preferably with CCTV; to prevent thieves looking in that direction. Always keep your valuables out of sight, double check doors are locked and be vigilant when choosing a parking spot to avoid a break in.

For extra peace of mind, you want to increase security measures relating to your car. Here at Phantom, we are committed to providing the very best security and tracking systems for personal cars or business fleets.

Our Stolen Vehicle Tracking System is a highly accurate and reliable system that allows us to monitor where your vehicle is when the tracker is enabled. The service is available 24 hours a day, so rest assured that we can operate fleet tracking and locate your stolen vehicle at any time; when you need it most.

Another technological option available to you is an in-car camera system. With the capability to start recording when a motion sensor is activated, you can get a clear picture of the thief, which can then be submitted as evidence in court.

While locating your car after it is stolen is imperative for vehicle recovery, if you follow the steps outlined above, you could prevent it happening in the first place. For more information on how you can protect your car or business fleet, please contact us today.

So, with the new legislation that was rolled out in October 2014, that tax discs can now be removed from windscreens (bearing in mind this is a whopping 93 years later!). A lot of today's public have become quite sceptical of this unexpected change.

The reason for this big regulation change is due to tax discs no longer being required, owing to the support of electronic checks today. In a recent survey, according to the AA, a huge number of drivers stated that they preferred the physical tax disc operation as it enabled them to remember when their tax duty was due, amongst other people; who found it strange without a disc on their windscreen. It is mainly the younger generation today who have embraced this change. This could be down to the fact that todays generation is completely digital driven, what with all the new mobile sites, apps, phones, media and gadgets etc its hardly surprising that they are in favour of the change and have adopted it effortlessly.

But could the generation of today be a lot more intelligent than before? There is so much already achieved and yet to be accomplished in the world of technology that it is almost surreal.

For example, take a look through the products here at Phantom; bespoke customised products to suit your own needs or the requirements of your business. We are now also using software integration to adapt a system that is unique to you and your business, in order to help you keep track of many different factors. Things such as; vehicle sensors, cameras, in-car technology, fleet tracking, in-car tracking systems, even truck and van tracking and so much more.

Stay safe and ensure you are doing all you can to protect and ensure the efficiency of your business and personal life. Call the friendly team here at Phantom today, and let us help you figure out what you need.