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RV Legislation

RV Road Rules Summary (Australia)

The key Australian RV road rules campervan, caravan and motorhome users need to know.

Draft of Proposed National Towing Rules (Australia)

RV Books proposed new national towing rules for Australia.

RV Construction Legislation (Australia)

How to make Australia's caravan construction rules simpler.

RV Accident Data

Pic: Daily Liberal
Pic: Daily Liberal

Caravan Rollover Reports and Images

Links to media reports of caravan rollovers in the last 3 years.

Caravan Rollover Claim Data (Australia)

Some key caravan rollover statistics from Australian insurance companies.

RV Accident Data (Australia)

Some general accident information for Australia.

Towing Dynamics

How to Load Your Caravan Safely

Knowing how to load your caravan safely is as vital as how much it all weighs. Updated February 2019.

Double Pendulum Principle

Why caravans sway and how to prevent it. Updated January 2019

Overhung Hitches

The physics (and dangers) of overhung hitches. Updated December 2018

RV Weight

Weight Definitions

The key RV weight definitions, fully illustrated, on one page.

Do Not Trust Caravan Tare Mass

Do not trust the claimed Caravan Tare Mass. Many are heavier than claimed -  misleading caravan buyers and owners - updated March 2019.

Tow Ball Mass

What is a safe weight to place on your tow ball? Updated December 2018

RV Stability

Pic: NT Police

Pic: NT Police

The Reasons for Rollovers

How caravan rollovers happen and how to avoid one.

Weight Ratios

The all-important tow vehicle to trailer weight ratio explained.

Pic: Reuters
Pic: Reuters

Weight Distribution

How to load a caravan or motor home safely. Updated December 2018

RV Battery Charging

Alternator Charging Problems

Having difficulty charging your RV battery from your alternator?

Battery Charging with a Generator

How to speed up battery charging from a generator.

RV Battery State of Charge

What is 'SOC' and how do you measure it?

Diesel Heaters, Lithium Batteries and Weight Distributing Hitches

Diesel Heaters

Easy, effective and safe.

Lithium Ion Batteries

Pack a lot of punch, but need specialised knowledge.

Weight Distributing Hitches

How a WDH works.

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