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The National Caravan and Recreational Vehicle Towing Guide is Here

Posted by Bob Newman on Apr 14, 2014 - 0 Comments

Caravan and Trailer Towing Guide

Sydney’s grey nomads, caravan enthusiasts and towing novices alike will need The Guide. Image via Shutterstock.


Sydney’s grey nomads, caravan enthusiasts and towing novices alike will be pleased to learn that the latest edition of The National Caravan and Recreational Vehicle Towing Guide is now available for free as an eBook format, though printed copies can also be ordered through various state associations.

The Guide is published by the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA NSW). Lyndel Gray, CEO of the CCIA has said that the guide is “a ‘must have’ for everyone who tows as it provides a wealth of information that not only includes helpful hints and tips but also technical and mechanical considerations for towing.”

There are currently over 400,000 registered recreational vehicles in Australia – a figure that includes caravans, camper trailers and tent trailers. This figure is expected to increase each year by 20,000 units, thus furthering the need for information on safe towing practices.

The guide features information on the following and much more:

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Preparation for towing
  • Definitions of industry terminology
  • Facts on couplings, braking systems, insurance et cetera

“The Guide has been reviewed by 9 technical experts,” said Ms Gray. “We are confident that the content is relevant and consistent with national road and towing regulations.”

You can download the eBook version for free or order a hard copy version. Alternatively, you can pick one up from your nearest caravan and camping association or at a caravan or camping show.

Contents of The Guide:

  • Definitions (general caravan and camping glossary)
  • Legal Requirements
  • Tow Vehicle (tow mass/tow capacity, structural reinforcement requirements)
  • Couplings (defining each part of a trailer coupling)
  • Braking Systems (brake system requirements for trailers over 750kgs GTM)
  • Tyres (standards for tyres)
  • Towing Your Trailer (how to be a good driver, how to deal with caravan sway, loading trailers safely, how to use weight distribution hitches, how to deal with sway control)
  • A-Frame Towing (legal and safety requirements for A-frame towing)
  • 5th Wheeler Towing (what position to put what type of hitch)
  • Rear Marking Plates (requirements for rear marking plates)
  • Preparation (how to prepare for a trip)
  • Facts About Insurance (what questions to ask when choosing a policy)
  • Organisations for Further Information (contacts for caravan industry information)

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy reading “10 Rules for Safe Long Distance Driving

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