We’ve busted plenty of myths here at Without A Hitch. This time, we’re turning our attention to the compliance of used caravans, towing at the speed limit, and the manoeuvrability of single-axle caravans.
The coupling is the point of connection between the caravan and the tow vehicle. It is secured to the van’s drawbar by four or six high-tensile bolts that have been torqued to specific values. In Australia, there are two main types of caravan coupling: off-road and on-road. These couplings provide very different tasks, so it’s essential that you have the correct type for your needs. ON-ROAD COUPLINGS Virtually every coupling in Australia designed for
It is the bane of every caravanner’s life: un-level sites. You pull up only to realise that the ground tapers off to the side, leaving you with no choice but to find a way to level the caravan. Other than reasons of comfort, it’s important that a caravan is level if you have an absorption fridge – it probably won’t work otherwise. Why? Absorption fridges convert their refrigerant into gas (and back again into
I’m going to admit to something that some caravanners might find unusual: I prefer pop-tops over full caravans. I believe that pop-tops offer many benefits in comparison to their fixed-roof cousins that make them the better choice. This doesn’t mean, of course, that full caravans aren’t the better choice for you – as we often say at Without A Hitch, a lot depends on your personal circumstances and your travel preferences. However, by sharing
A caravan’s tyre placard, which is usually incorporated within the van’s compliance plate, is an important part of a caravan or camper trailer. The intent is to provide an assurance from the manufacturer to a potential buyer that the selected tyre size and load rating, along with the recommended tyre inflation pressures, have been professionally determined, so as to provide the optimum caravan handling and stability performance, at both the empty and the fully-loaded conditions. UNDERSTANDING THE PLACARD
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