Technical Articles

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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.

Proposed New National Towing Rules (Australia)

RV Books proposed new national towing rules for Australia.

Caravan and Motorhome Construction Rules (Australia)

How to make Australia's caravan and motorhome 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 June 2019.

Why Caravans Sway

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

Overhung Caravan Hitches

Excess caravan tow hitch overhang is dangerous. It can and does cause rigs to jack-knife. Updated June 2019.

RV Weight

Caravan Weight Definitions

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

Do Not Trust Caravan Tare Mass

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

Caravan Tow Ball Weight

What is a safe weight to place on your tow ball? Updated October 2019

RV Stability

Pic: NT Police

Pic: NT Police

Why Caravans Roll Over

This (updated October 2019) article explains why and caravans roll over - or jackknife.

Not recommended!
Not recommended!

How Heavy a Caravan Can I Tow?

Safe tow vehicle to caravan weight ratio explained.

Typical WDH
Typical WDH

Weight distribution hitches affect cornering and safe towing speed - updated October 2019.

Why a WDH reduces caravan cornering ability and safe towing speed.

RV Battery Charging

Alternator Charging Problems

Having difficulty charging your RV battery from your alternator?

Battery Charging From a Generator

How to speed up battery charging from a generator.

How to Know RV Battery State of Charge

The article explains how to know your RV battery's state of charge.

Diesel Heaters, Lithium Batteries and Weight Distributing Hitches

Diesel Heaters for RVs

Easy, effective and safe.

Lithium Ion Batteries

Pack a lot of punch, but need specialised knowledge.

Weight Distributing Hitches

How a WDH works.

Our General Articles include a range of articles on buying an RV, choosing a tow vehicle, a used RV checklist, safe towing tips, reversing, RV road rules and RV apps, accessories and electrics.

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