The theft of 4×4 caravans was once a major problem in the United Kingdom. It has decreased in prevalence, but it still remains a fact that over one thousand and six hundred caravans are stolen in the United Kingdom every year, with only about four per cent, or just over sixty are ever found again and returned to the owner after being stolen. One way to help keep thieves away from your caravan is to fit a coupling lock which will prevent anyone intending to steal your caravan from lifting the coupling latch, which will prevent the caravan from being released when it is attached to the car that is towing it, and from being towed by a car once it has been uncoupled and locked.
A universal make of coupling lock is also available which will prevent the caravan from being coupled by placing a tow ball attached to a lockable bar in the coupling, thus preventing it from being coupled to a prospective thief’s car. If you feel that a greater level of security is required, a wheel clamp might be an option to consider. By contrast, a quick option that may have to suffice if you are caught out while on holiday to secure your caravan lest it be one of the one thousand, six hundred stolen 4×4 camper trailers for sale each year is a chain and padlock. Also consider having the VIN and licence plate number permanently engraved in various places inside the caravan, as thieves will alter these when trying to sell a stolen caravan. Invisible ink that only shows up under ultraviolet light is a good option.
One option that would not have been practical in the past for securing your 4×4 offroad camper is a GPS tracking device. These can easily be acquired for under two hundred dollars and tracked through a dedicated website or smart phone app. If you want guaranteed piece of mind regarding the security of your caravan, these are by far the best option. About the size of a key chain, they can easily be concealed somewhere in your caravan, and a motion sensor will activate the tracking feature only once the caravan begins to move.
This means that a GPS tracker is ideal as a form of security when your crossover trailer is at your destination caravan park or camp site, or when it is parked while you are at home but is less useful in cases where caravans have been stolen from servos and other places on the way to and from holiday spots. Luckily, these kinds of thefts are comparatively rare when considered alongside the number of caravans stolen from caravan parks and from homes. For this reason, it’s a good idea to invest in secure parking for your strong tough camper at home if this is at all possible.
If you have ever been diving in the freezing cold waters of the North Atlantic or the Pacific then you will know that a wetsuit is a lifesaver in these conditions. Wetsuits are not meant to keep your body dry, in fact you get as wet as ever in a wetsuit, but wetsuits are designed to keep you warm in waters that would otherwise very much kill you, or at least have a good attempt at it.It only seems natural then that we should learn more about the history of wetsuits. After all, when you think about it wetsuits have probably saved your life on more than one occasion if you have been diving in freezing cold waters. So let’s take a closer look at wetsuits and where they come from. Redirected here is the history of a wetsuit and other more information.
1951Yes the invention of the wetsuit was in 1951 which means that prior to 1951 divers were either diving without the aid of a wetsuit or they were not diving at all in fear for their lives. This is not strictly true though because prior to 1951 there were quite a few patent applications made to the US Patent Department which sound suspiciously like a design for a wetsuit. In 1947, for example, a man named Harvey Williams of Connecticut filed a patent for a “one-piece, step-in and slip-over-the-head” diving suit design, a wetsuit, which would keep the water out and radiate heat around the body. Prior to this the earliest wetsuit design was patented in 1927 by Thomas Edgar Aud who’s designs were actually more of a lifesaving surf board suit than a wetsuit but who none the less had the idea as early as 1927.
Hugh BradnerThe credit for the modern wetsuit though goes to Hugh Bradner who, as we have already established, created the wetsuit in 1951. Where Bradner’s wetsuit designs differed to the other wetsuit designs of the past, and where Bradner really deserves to take the credit, was figuring out that neoprene was a fantastic insulator and a great material to use for a wetsuit. To be fair to some of the others neoprene was only created in 1930 so Aud, for example, would not have known about its capabilities but Bradner was still the one who took it and applied to a wetsuit.Also the designs of other wetsuits differed from Bradner’s as the others tried to keep the water from getting into the wetsuit and covering the body, whereas Bradner realised that letting the water in was the best way forward and not letting the heat escape was the key factor.
It is also important to remember that Bradner did not invent neoprene nor did he invent an insulated suit that could save your life whilst you were in the water. What he did was create a wetsuit that kept you warm whilst diving and took the technology of neoprene and added to the wetsuit to make the wetsuit even better.