Health and Safety Guidelines of Hire
Below is an outline of our Health and Safety Guidelines. You will be given more detail about health and safety when you collect the van. Our Campervan Handbook, which resides in each van, also provide details of Health and Safety Guidelines for driving the vans, and using the van facilities, etc. We suggest you read this handbook after you have received your handover briefing, collected your van and before you set off to your destination as, in addition to the health and safety considerations, they provide useful information about your van and its facilities.
When you arrive at our premises to collect your van, please keep your children and pets supervised at all times. Our premises are part of a small-holding with horses and chickens. We do not allow unsupervised children into the vehicle workshop nor near the stables and horses.
Please take all precautions to protect your own health and safety and that of anyone else in the van or awning /tent, including the health and safety of persons not in your party that may be affected by your conduct and actions. Do not leave your children or pets unattended in the van or tent at any time. Ensure a responsible adult is in the vehicle at all times when the appliances are being used. Ensure you are aware of the location of safety equipment such as the fire blanket, first aid kit, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguisher.
Fire, accidents, breakdown, etc.
See our Campervan Handbook, provided in the van. You will also be given verbal instructions when you collect the van. It is imperative that you and your party are familiar with these instructions.
Health and Safety at Campsites
When you arrive at each campsite, ensure you familiarise yourself, and all members of your party, with the health and safety arrangements applicable on the site. It is imperative you are aware of the following:
- Fire – to include assembly point, systems for raising the alarm, etc.
- First Aid – location of the site first aid box, location details of the site first aiders, etc.
- Accident reporting for both major and minor injuries.
You must carry only as many passengers as there are seat belts in the van and ensure all passengers are strapped into the seatbelts when the vehicle is moving. Passengers travelling in the buddy seats do so at their own risk.
You are legally responsible for obtaining and using an appropriate child or baby seat based on the information you obtained prior to arrival.
Please remember to strap the pop-up roof down before driving anywhere. Please only raise the elevating roof when the vehicle is stationary – the ignition is switched of, the hand brake is on, and you are parked on level ground. Please always ensure the elevating roof is down and strapped into place before moving off.
You must ensure the roof is secured in adverse weather conditions, you will be liable for any damages caused as a result of you not taking appropriate action.
Person / persons using the roof space do so at their own risk.
Roof Rack / Bike Rack
You must only use the roof rack and/or bike rack supplied for your use by Snowdonia Classic Campers. You must not use your own. If you are using the roof rack and/or a bike rack, we cannot accept responsibility for any injury to yourself or anyone else, or loss or damage to your own or anyone else’s property.
If you do decide to put something on the roof rack and/or bike rack, it is your responsibility to secure it well and to take the objects on and off, being mindful of the risks involved in lifting large or/and heavy items and items falling onto persons below. Be careful to avoid any damage to roof/body of the van whilst loading and unloading.
Use of Appliances and Equipment
Ensure you read the instructions for the use of the appliances and facilities in the van before using any of them. You will have been told how to use these when you collected the van. The instructions are to be found in the Campervan Handbook. Please exercise caution at all times when using the appliances and facilities.
Ensure the gas is turned off at the gas cylinder at all times when the hob, fridge and heater (where available) are not in use. Please ensure all the appliances are switched off and the gas is turned off at the cylinder before driving and retiring for the night. To turn the gas off at the cylinder, turn the black knob on the regulator clockwise as per the demonstration at the handover. Turning this black knob anti clockwise turns the gas on. Only use the appliances and facilities whilst the vehicle is parked on level ground, with the handbrake on. You may operate the fridge whilst the vehicle is moving as long it is only using the battery as its power source and not the camping gas or the mains hook up. NEVER have the fridge, or the cooker hob operating with gas when you are driving. Before starting to drive the van, always ensure the electrical supply is disconnected.
Stowage of the Table Top
Please always ensure the table top is carefully stowed and held in place to ensure it remains safely secure should you need to brake unexpectedly.
Use of a BBQ
Do not use any BBQ in the immediate vicinity of the van or tent/awning and keep it at a distance of at least 3 metres from the tent/awning and van when used. Please seek permission before using a BBQ on someone’s land, be it a campsite or a farm.
Please note that the water in the van is not drinking water.
Although the van may have a tow bar, towing with the van is prohibited.
Driving 1960s / 1970s VW campervans
After the power steering and ABS of modern cars these vans are a totally different driving experience. You are driving something that was designed in the 60s and built in the 70s. Please bear this in mind and relax into a different pace of life. The top engine speed for these vans was advertised at 60 mph!!! Please allow ample time for all your journeys. As your vehicle does not have ABS, please leave lots of space, be vigilant on the road and allow more time for braking and gear changing. The van does not have the capability to accelerate out of any situation, so again, drive carefully and remain extra vigilant, being aware that this is a totally different driving experience and you are on holiday!
Please do not drive or operate anything in the vehicle when you are under the influence of drink or drugs or any medication that may cause drowsiness.
We ask that you exercise caution at all times in the use of the van and its equipment, following instructions (given verbally on collection and provided in your Campervan Handbook) where appropriate. Please do not hesitate to contact us (Jon on 07724 129667 / Liz on 07762 7639494) if you are unsure about how to operate anything. Snowdonia Classic Campers cannot be held responsible for any customer negligence where instructions have not been followed, or where unauthorised equipment has been used.