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Pic: The Wanderer's first trip to Scotland in 1885, showing what can happen when a 2 tonne caravan goes off road.

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Towing Without a Weight Distributing Hitch

Towing without a WDH is safer. It enables the rig to retain stability at higher speed. For on-road stability, a conventional caravan needs to be nose-heavy by 8-10% of its laden weight. When hitched to its tow vehicle that (typically 200-350 kg) pushes down on the rear of that vehicle. As with pushing down on the handles of a wheelbarrow, that levers up the front of the tow vehicle , thereby reducing the weight on the tow vehicle’s front tyres.  Where that tow ball weight is comforta...

February 19, 2020

Gross Combined Mass Upgrades (update)

by Collyn Rivers...

May 19, 2019

Battery Breakthrough

Solar battery breakthrough Battery storage has long been the major cost of home, business and even caravan solar. Most new systems are now lithium-ion and costs about $1 per watt/hour (most home systems need 12,000-15,000 watt/hours). This may well be slashed by a new Australian-developed battery (called Gelion) that uses zinc-bromide: a (claimed) much cheaper and safer technology than the lithium-ion batteries used now. The zinc-bromide chemistry used by Gelion operates without the need for act...

February 28, 2019

Caravan fault issues - who is legally responsible

Who is legally responsible for caravan or motorhome after sales service? Many of our rvbooks.com.au readers complain that that when approaching a caravan vendor with an after-sale issue they are told to consult the maker of the item, who often then suggests they go back to the vendor. Here is the legal situation - and your rights as a caravan or motorhome buyer....

February 20, 2019

Caravan Fault Issues

Caravan fault  issues - your down to earth guide by legal expert Micheal Eburn....

February 20, 2019

Overweight RVs - a police point of view

an interview with Sergeant Graeme Shenton by Collyn Rivers...

December 15, 2018

No Camping?

We’ve all seen signs that say ‘no camping’ but what does ‘camping’ mean? Humpty Dumpty is reported to have said "When I use a word… it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less" (Alice Through the Looking Glass) and that is about the best explanation of the term ‘camping’.    There is no national or even state-based definition. Taking New South Wales alone, legislation allows not less than 11 government authorities to regulate camping o...

August 5, 2018

What We Do

Welcome to RV Books new website and blog....

July 2, 2018

RV Volunteering

How to make your RV journeys more worthwhile....

July 1, 2018

Mixed Messages

Why do we need a single set of national towing rules? Read on....

June 30, 2018

Change Needed

On the surface, the Australian RV industry is healthy. But underneath there's lots to do....

June 29, 2018

J. Harris Stone

‘To enjoy caravanning don’t be taciturn. Be affable and agreeable, wear a smile on your face and talk freely to those who are similarly disposed, and you will never find the road dull.’ ...

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