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Fuel savers do not work – almost all are scams

Updated 2020

Fuel Savers

Fortunately less seen nowadays, vehicle fuel savers do not work. This article explains why.

A 2006 such scam (of about US$100 million globally) involved just such a pill. It was claimed to save 'up to 42%'. But, that being sold was not a fuel saver. It was $100,000 franchises to sell it. Initial franchises funded the promotion for selling for sub-franchisees. And at various levels.

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This book explains all. It finally exposed the scam.

Despite losing their money, many franchise buyers maintained the useless pill worked. Moreover even, that subsequent legal intervention was a 'fuel industry conspiracy'.

Useless such products continue to sell. Not all vendors are cynical. Many believe that claimed. Few, however, appear to self-test the product, or if they do, to misconstrue the result/s.

Many such scams work that way. When enough franchises and sub-franchisees are deemed sold (and the latter realising they have been conned, promotion ceases. Whether the ‘product’ works is irrelevant. That being really sold are franchises. They typical cost $100,000 dollars or so. Early franchisees are lucky. But many later buyers may lose their life savings.

Known as Ponzi schemes, all are a form of fraud that attracts gullible investors. Dividends do not come from sales. They are from payments from later investors. Such investors are unaware of that source of such 'profits'.

The problem with spotting a Ponzi scheme is that it appears to be a sustainable business. It works whilst new investors contribute new funds. Many continue to exist and expand - as long as most investors do not seek full repayment. Or remain unaware that assets they are purported to own are non-existent.

 The Ponzi scheme concept is very old. Charles Dickens describes it in his (1844) novel Martin Chuzzlewit. It became known as Ponzi in the USA in the 1920s. Then, Charles Ponzi made a huge amount of money by legitimately selling the right to resell international reply coupons for postage stamps. He then began using new investors' money to pay earlier investors and himself. His downfall came when newspapers worldwide described what he was doing.

Psychologist Leon Festinger says people 'attempt to reconcile poor-fitting beliefs and actions by self-justification'. 'That XYZ works! It cost me $250. And I’m no fool’.

This likewise occurs with sales staff. A salesperson may switch from selling Audis to selling BMWs. Overnight he/she is self-convinced the BMW is now better. Many owners do the same.

Fuel savers do not work - engine computer chips can mislead

Claims for fuel-saving devices include increased power and torque. These claims are mutually exclusive. Vehicle engineers design for the most probable uses. The associated computer control chips thus optimise engine longevity, power and fuel consumption for such usage. Replacement chips can increase torque and/or power. But if that increase is used, it increases fuel consumption. It also decreases the vehicle's likely working life. Were it otherwise, the vehicle designer would have done so. Many of today's cars, however, have user-selectable options. These enable the owner to decide. read more...

Recently updated articles

Should I grease my tow-ball?

Should I grease my tow-ball is asked by [caravan] owners worldwide. A recent poll in Australia’s Caravaners Forum.com showed that slightly over half do so, but primarily to reduce wear. That seemingly overlooked by almost all respondents is that tow-ball friction plays a vital role in reducing [caravan] sway. Those who grease them unwittingly prejudice safety for the possible need to renew the towball every ten or so years. 

How [caravan] and tow vehicles interact

In the early 1900s, trailers with central axles, towed by trucks with overhung hitches, were unstable. This escalated as towing speeds increased. Fruehauf (USA) realised hitch overhang imposed lateral forces on tow vehicles. As trailers yawed clockwise, that overhang caused tow vehicles to yaw anti-clockwise. And vice versa. The longer that hitch overhangs, the greater the effect.

[Caravan] design need for change

Australia has two main and seemingly interdependent [caravan] industries. One makes [caravans] of varying stability. The other makes devices (of varying effectiveness) intended to increase that stability. Both are curious. Not all makers appear to understand the more basic laws of physics involved. Or perhaps assume immunity from them. So presumably do owners of ultra-long [caravans]. With a few rare exceptions, there is a [caravan] design need for change. And for [caravan] owners to realise a [caravan]’s inherent stability issues.

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  • [Caravan] & Tow Vehicle Weight Definitions

    To tow safely and legally in Australia, & tow vehicle weight definitions are vital for you to know. Those shown here were valid as of June 2020. These definitions may change. New RV legislation is expected to be announced later this year. It is not, however, likely to be enforced until 2022 or 2023.

  • [Caravan] common sense – a rare commodity?

    common sense can be fine but used about things technical it’s likely to be based on misleading opinions that contradict the basic laws of physics. Engineering utilises long proven knowledge. This may be (for example) about voltage drop along an electric cable. It may be about the deflection of a spring under load (Hooke’s Law). Or ...

  • [Caravan] design need for change

    Australia has two main and seemingly interdependent of varying stability. The other makes devices (of varying effectiveness) intended to increase that stability. Both are curious. Not all makers appear to understand the more basic laws of physics involved. Or perhaps assume immunity from them. So presumably do owners of ultra-long ...

  • [Caravan] facts and opinions – the nonsense so often on forums

    facts and opinions are not the same. People confusing one for the other cause ongoing and major misunderstanding. This article explains how and why.

  • [Caravan] fault issues – who is responsible?

    Many RV owners complain that, when approaching the vendor with after-sale issues, they are told to consult the RV maker. That maker then advises consulting the vendor. Here is the legal situation – and your rights as a buyer.

  • [Caravan] suspension – it is mostly misunderstood

    suspension has requirements that are very different from tow vehicles. This is only too often misunderstood. Here’s why and what it should be.

  • Air conditioning a [caravan] – here’s how

    Air conditioning a or motor home is becoming increasingly feasible, even via solar. This article by Collyn Rivers shows how.

  • All solar house – self-building an off-grid all solar house

    We self-built our all solar house in Australia’s far north. It is beautiful and practicable. Living with solar alone is 100% possible. Here’s how and why.

  • Buying a New RV in Five Steps

    Buying a New RV in Five Steps – before you start, stop and think. Buying a new RV is a major investment. This buying a New RV in Five Steps article helps resolve issues early on. Following its advice saves later heartache: Is the RV lifestyle right for you? Will you miss family and friends? What ...

  • Buying used [caravans] – what to check

    If you can, take along someone who knows about .

  • Choosing a [Caravan] Tow Vehicle

    When choosing a towing specifications that you need to know. This article explains what they are and why they are vital.

  • Driving across Africa – in 1956/60 the very last time it was possible

    Driving across Africa is now politically impossible. Our 1960 such two-way expedition across all Africa was the very last known. We started in mid 1959 – and exited the Sahara on 28 April 1960. The track was closed that night. It has never re-opened. Further, Africa’s centre, right down to Zambia, has ever since, been far ...

  • Electrolysis corrosion in vehicles – how to find and fix it

    Electrolysis corrosion in vehicles eats away engine and particularly cooling system parts such as water pumps. It is often caused by a broken earthing lead. These are often accidentally disconnected, or broken. If so, return current travels through components such as the radiator cooling system. Also metal around them. This corrodes parts that have dissimilar ...

  • Fuel savers do not work – almost all are scams

    Fuel savers do not work. That actually being sold are franchises to defraud others. The ‘fuel saver’ is typically a useless pill (typically of camphor).

  • How much solar input – here’s how to find out

    Knowing how much solar input is coming in like measuring rainfall. It uses units called Peak Sun Hours instead of inches or millimetres. Here’s how and why.

  • How to Choose the Best [Caravan] Layout

    What is the most suitable layout to suit your individual needs.

  • How to free camp legally in Australia

    Camping in Australia has no national or state-based definition. In New South Wales alone, over ten government authorities regulate camping on their land. Even the definition of camping is inconsistent across the related Acts.

  • Interconnecting batteries in series or parallel- here’s how and why

    Interconnecting batteries in series or parallel is totally feasible. But its best to know how it works – and the limitations of each. Collyn Rivers explains.

  • Is four wheel drive needed for motorhomes

    Is four wheel drive needed for motor homes – what can travel where, with and without it. Here’s all you need to know if you decide to build or buy one.

  • Lightning risk in [caravans] – how to reduce that risk

    Lightning frightens but lightning risk in is very low. That risk however is far from random. Here’s how to reduce it yet further.

  • Living with solar – how make it all work

    Living with solar successfully requires being totally aware of the energy you use. Here’s a general guide to how to make it all work.

  • Napisan and Look-A-Likes safe for Septic Tanks – a professor’s view

    The labelling of Napisan and many Look-Alikes (e.g. Nappy Treatment Plus, Ultra Booster Everyday Plus Laundry Soaker, Laundry Soaker and Booster etc) is clear. All state these products are safe for you to use in septic tanks. Products can be bought from supermarkets worldwide. It is also easy to make your own Napisan Look-Alike. ...

  • Overhung [Caravan] Hitches

    Conventional hitches overhang the worse the effect. It is undesirable at low levels. ...

  • Problems with stand-alone solar – much applies also to RVs

    Problems with stand-alone solar include over-selling, vendor claims, poor installation etc. Here’s plain English answers to the most common questions.

  • Quietening [caravan] water pumps – easy and cheap to do

    Quietening water pumps is simple to do at no or trivial cost. This article from RV Books’ Collyn Rivers shows how.

  • Retarding rust electronically – claims are exaggerated

    Promotion and sale of units for retarding rust electronically (for RVs etc) was banned in the USA in the 1990s. One brand (CECI) is now banned in Australia. Their sale is an offence under Section 218 of the Australian Consumer Law. The details are at the end of this article). In 2015 the NSW Fair Trade ...

  • RV Books’ Top Ten RV Accessories

    New and motorhomes have only the bare essentials. This article describes the top ten RV accessories that RV owners really will need.

  • RV Toilets – Which is Best?

    RV toilets have a role in RV life out of proportion to their size. They are needed for only a few minutes a day. They must work as advertised. In particular, you need to choose the associated chemicals carefully. This article covers all the average RV buyer needs to know.

  • Safe toilet chemicals – can Napisan be used in septic tanks?

    Safe toilet chemicals are essential, but some toilet chemicals kill essential bacteria in septic and environmental systems: some are toxic – this article explains all.

  • Should I grease my tow-ball?

    Should I grease my tow-ball is asked by sway. Those who grease them unwittingly prejudice ...

  • Ten Tips for RVing Around Australia

    That most popular is to follow the shortest route around Australia’s coastline. It is 13,800 or so kilometres (8,625 miles). Allowing for diversions (such as Tasmania or Alice Springs and Uluru), this distance may double. With wind speeds as high as 60 km/h, and particularly if you are towing a , fuel usage will be much ...

  • Top 10 Australian RV Apps

    Here is a listing of the top 10 Australian RV Apps. They are ranked in subjective order of how likely they are to save a life. Click on an app image to go to the app’s download page.

  • Tow Vehicle/[Caravan] Weight Ratio Explained

    A heavier than its tow vehicle is like a dog with an overweight tail, it may sway so much its tow vehicle cannot control it. Swerving strongly at speed to avoid a head-on collision induce this. So too may a strong side wind gust. That wind may be natural or from a close passing truck. 

  • Ultra-light [caravans] – they are rare but feasible. Here’s how to do it

    Ultra light and fifth wheelers are rare, but feasible. Here’s how it is be done using hi-tech materials. One, over 9 metres, was under 2000 kg.

  • Weight distribution hitch setting up – how much correction is needed

    Correct weight distribution hitch setting up compensates tow vehicle front end lift but introduces instability if too tight. Here’s why.

  • What off-road really means

    What off-road really means is terrain that necessitates a serious 4WD – but many RV vendors may define it as anything lacking a centre white line. Compounding this, many RV vendors make claims about what can go where that are close to absurd.

  • Why [caravans] sway and roll over – how to prevent it

    sway and roll over – and how to prevent it.

Health & Safety

Legal & Compliance

  • [Caravan] & Tow Vehicle Weight Definitions

    To tow safely and legally in Australia, & tow vehicle weight definitions are vital for you to know. Those shown here were valid as of June 2020. These definitions may change. New RV legislation is expected to be announced later this year. It is not, however, likely to be enforced until 2022 or 2023.

  • [Caravan] and motorhome compliance – the Caravan Council of Australia explains all

    . There can also be problems with private imports. They may legally ...

  • [Caravan] design need for change

    Australia has two main and seemingly interdependent of varying stability. The other makes devices (of varying effectiveness) intended to increase that stability. Both are curious. Not all makers appear to understand the more basic laws of physics involved. Or perhaps assume immunity from them. So presumably do owners of ultra-long ...

  • [Caravan] fault issues – who is responsible?

    Many RV owners complain that, when approaching the vendor with after-sale issues, they are told to consult the RV maker. That maker then advises consulting the vendor. Here is the legal situation – and your rights as a buyer.

  • [Caravan] tare weight issues – some declared weights may not be correct

    Tare Weight issues mainly arise about what’s included and what’s not. Water is not, nor may be optional extras. This article reveals all.

  • Australian Road Rules Confuse

    Australia has a different set of road rules for each state and jurisdiction. As a direct result, Australian Road Rules confuse drivers, cyclist and pedestrians. It would seem to make sense to have just one set of national towing rules.

  • Australian RV rules and regulations – a constantly updated general guide

    The current (February 2018) Australian RV rules and regulations are outlined here by Collyn Rivers of RV Books. Those for trailers under 4500 kg will change in late 2018 but details are not yet available. These rules often change and this article will be regularly updated to reflect those changes.

  • Buying used [caravans] – what to check

    If you can, take along someone who knows about .

  • Gross Combined Mass Upgrades

    You can obtain gross combined mass upgrades for most SUVs. Depending on make and model, these add 300-500 kg. It makes sense to do this. Carrying that extra mass results in a safer ratio of laden tow vehicle weight to laden weight.

  • How to free camp legally in Australia

    Camping in Australia has no national or state-based definition. In New South Wales alone, over ten government authorities regulate camping on their land. Even the definition of camping is inconsistent across the related Acts.

  • Imported RVs – there can be major problems re-registering private imports

    Commercially imported RVs are now mostly viable, but tighter compliance checking shows some private imports virtually impossible to remedy. Buyers beware! There are also major traps for those buying private imports second-hand.This article explains why and how.

  • RV Compliance – Here’s how to know

    Here is a current guide to Australia’s Road Rules RV drivers need to know – some will change around 2004. This article relates to existing RVs. This guide will be updated immediately the new Australian Road Rules are known.

Solar

Travel

  • [Caravan] and motorhome tyres

    and motor home tyres are often grossly under-inflated and overloaded.

  • [Caravan] common sense – a rare commodity?

    common sense can be fine but used about things technical it’s likely to be based on misleading opinions that contradict the basic laws of physics. Engineering utilises long proven knowledge. This may be (for example) about voltage drop along an electric cable. It may be about the deflection of a spring under load (Hooke’s Law). Or ...

  • [Caravan] design need for change

    Australia has two main and seemingly interdependent of varying stability. The other makes devices (of varying effectiveness) intended to increase that stability. Both are curious. Not all makers appear to understand the more basic laws of physics involved. Or perhaps assume immunity from them. So presumably do owners of ultra-long ...

  • [Caravan] tare weight issues – some declared weights may not be correct

    Tare Weight issues mainly arise about what’s included and what’s not. Water is not, nor may be optional extras. This article reveals all.

  • [Caravan] Tow Ball Weight – how much

    For safe towing, a tow ball weight right.

  • [Caravan] wheel placement

    A conventional sways clockwise, it causes the tow vehicle to sway anticlockwise.  ...

  • Australian Road Rules Confuse

    Australia has a different set of road rules for each state and jurisdiction. As a direct result, Australian Road Rules confuse drivers, cyclist and pedestrians. It would seem to make sense to have just one set of national towing rules.

  • Australian RV rules and regulations – a constantly updated general guide

    The current (February 2018) Australian RV rules and regulations are outlined here by Collyn Rivers of RV Books. Those for trailers under 4500 kg will change in late 2018 but details are not yet available. These rules often change and this article will be regularly updated to reflect those changes.

  • Best Way to Drive an RV Around Australia

    The best way to drive around Australia is anticlockwise via its 14,000 km coastal road. This enables you to enjoy the seasons and strong prevailing winds. These winds may be a constant 40 km/h plus (25 mph) so travelling clockwise for the typical 17,000 km (10,600 miles) requires surprisingly more fuel.

  • Buying a New RV in Five Steps

    Buying a New RV in Five Steps – before you start, stop and think. Buying a new RV is a major investment. This buying a New RV in Five Steps article helps resolve issues early on. Following its advice saves later heartache: Is the RV lifestyle right for you? Will you miss family and friends? What ...

  • Choosing a [Caravan] Tow Vehicle

    When choosing a towing specifications that you need to know. This article explains what they are and why they are vital.

  • Claims for dual-cab ute towing capacity mislead [caravan] buyers

    Claims for dual-cab ute towing capacity mislead tail wags the towing dog.

  • Do Not Trust [Caravan] Declared Mass

    Updated May 2020Declared Mass A Declared Mass.Most makers produce basic units. The weight of that basic unit ...

  • Driving across Africa – in 1956/60 the very last time it was possible

    Driving across Africa is now politically impossible. Our 1960 such two-way expedition across all Africa was the very last known. We started in mid 1959 – and exited the Sahara on 28 April 1960. The track was closed that night. It has never re-opened. Further, Africa’s centre, right down to Zambia, has ever since, been far ...

  • Electrical converters in RVs – they’re unsuitable for free-camping

    Electrical converters in RVs supply 12 volts from 230 volt power. They work well from 230 volts, but not for long-term camping. Here’s how to fix the problem.

  • Free camp safely in Australia – this article shows how

    RV users free camp safely in Australia to avoid often crowded s, some 500 km apart. Many self-contained RVs need only a safe space overnight. This article shows how to free camp safely in Australia.

  • How [caravan] and tow vehicles interact

    In the early 1900s, trailers with central axles, towed by trucks with overhung hitches, were unstable. This escalated as towing speeds increased. Fruehauf (USA) realised hitch overhang imposed lateral forces on tow vehicles. As trailers yawed clockwise, that overhang caused tow vehicles to yaw anti-clockwise. And vice versa. The longer that hitch overhangs, the greater ...

  • How to Choose the Best [Caravan] Layout

    What is the most suitable layout to suit your individual needs.

  • How to free camp legally in Australia

    Camping in Australia has no national or state-based definition. In New South Wales alone, over ten government authorities regulate camping on their land. Even the definition of camping is inconsistent across the related Acts.

  • How to Load a [Caravan] Safely

    Knowing how to locate mass correctly along the length of a safely – and why and how it matter doing so is vitally important.

  • How to Reverse a Caravan

    Reversing a if used in conjunction with doing it yourself.

  • Is four wheel drive needed for motorhomes

    Is four wheel drive needed for motor homes – what can travel where, with and without it. Here’s all you need to know if you decide to build or buy one.

  • Microwave oven power draw – it’s more than many users think

    Microwave oven power draw is far greater than many users think. In this article, RV Books’ Collyn Rivers explains why – and how. This is a particular problem in and motor homes. Their deep cycle lead acid batteries cannot sustain the energy draw they require. AGM and lithium-ion batteries are thus better suited.

  • Need for a WDH – avoid using one if possible

    Long end-heavy have a need for a Weight Distributing Hitch (WDH). For all, though, it inherently reduces tow vehicle stability. Here’s how and why.

  • Overhung [Caravan] Hitches

    Conventional hitches overhang the worse the effect. It is undesirable at low levels. ...

  • Quietening [caravan] water pumps – easy and cheap to do

    Quietening water pumps is simple to do at no or trivial cost. This article from RV Books’ Collyn Rivers shows how.

  • Reducing [caravan] sway – here’s how to minimise the causes

    Reducing sway (yaw) necessitates minimising its causes – and only then adding devices promoted as reducing it. This article shows why and how.

  • Retarding rust electronically – claims are exaggerated

    Promotion and sale of units for retarding rust electronically (for RVs etc) was banned in the USA in the 1990s. One brand (CECI) is now banned in Australia. Their sale is an offence under Section 218 of the Australian Consumer Law. The details are at the end of this article). In 2015 the NSW Fair Trade ...

  • RV Books’ Top Ten RV Accessories

    New and motorhomes have only the bare essentials. This article describes the top ten RV accessories that RV owners really will need.

  • RV Toilets – Which is Best?

    RV toilets have a role in RV life out of proportion to their size. They are needed for only a few minutes a day. They must work as advertised. In particular, you need to choose the associated chemicals carefully. This article covers all the average RV buyer needs to know.

  • Safe toilet chemicals – can Napisan be used in septic tanks?

    Safe toilet chemicals are essential, but some toilet chemicals kill essential bacteria in septic and environmental systems: some are toxic – this article explains all.

  • Sleep apnoea machines for camping – correct choice is vital

    Until recently sleep apnoea machines for camping drew too much energy for use on solar. It’s now feasible using the approach in this article.

  • Solar input available for [caravans] – know what’s available and increase it too

    Knowing the solar input available for is vital, especially up north. This article shows how to know that available and increase it too.

  • Ten Tips for RVing Around Australia

    That most popular is to follow the shortest route around Australia’s coastline. It is 13,800 or so kilometres (8,625 miles). Allowing for diversions (such as Tasmania or Alice Springs and Uluru), this distance may double. With wind speeds as high as 60 km/h, and particularly if you are towing a , fuel usage will be much ...

  • Top 10 Australian RV Apps

    Here is a listing of the top 10 Australian RV Apps. They are ranked in subjective order of how likely they are to save a life. Click on an app image to go to the app’s download page.

  • TV interference from LEDs – here’s what causes it

    TV interference from LEDs is an issue worldwide. It is mostly caused by LEDs in the same home (or RV) as the TV. This can be checked by turning them off. Another indicator of TV interference from LEDs is good daytime reception until lights are turned on. In the worst cases, TV reception is unwatchable, ...

  • Ultra-light [caravans] – they are rare but feasible. Here’s how to do it

    Ultra light and fifth wheelers are rare, but feasible. Here’s how it is be done using hi-tech materials. One, over 9 metres, was under 2000 kg.

  • Weight Distributing Hitch limits cornering

    Tow ball weight pushes down the rear of the tow vehicle – thereby increasing the weight on its rear tyres. A WDH, in effect, is a semi-flexible springy beam that levers back up the rear of the tow vehicle and levers down its front. In doing so, however, it reduces the imposed load on the ...

  • Weight Distributing Hitch limits cornering

    Tow ball weight pushes down the rear of the tow vehicle – thereby increasing the weight on its rear tyres. A WDH, in effect, is a semi-flexible springy beam that levers back up the rear of the tow vehicle and levers down its front. In doing so, however, it reduces the imposed load on the ...

  • What off-road really means

    What off-road really means is terrain that necessitates a serious 4WD – but many RV vendors may define it as anything lacking a centre white line. Compounding this, many RV vendors make claims about what can go where that are close to absurd.

Want to find out more? Our books cover all these topics and a lot more. 

Whether you’re buying your first RV or updating to a bigger, more comfortable rig, there are a great many things you need to know and consider.  How to Choose and Buy an RV breaks things down so that you can decide what you want and whether or not what you’ve found is right for you.

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Solar That Really Works! explains every detail of designing and installing solar in boats, camper trailers, [caravans] and motorhomes. 

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Caravan & Motorhome Electrics covers every aspect of designing, installing and fault finding of the electrics in fifth wheel and conventional [caravans], camper trailers and motorhomes.

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The Caravan & Motorhome Book covers every conceivable aspect of camper trailer, [caravan] and fifth wheel [caravan], campervan and motorhome usage.

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Caravan & Motorhome Electrics covers every aspect of designing, installing and fault finding of the electrics in fifth wheel and conventional [caravans], camper trailers and motorhomes.

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Just Released! How to Choose and Buy an RV Here's how to get it right first and every time.

Whether you're buying your first RV or updating to a bigger, more comfortable rig, there are a great many things you need to know and consider.  This book breaks things down so that you can decide what you want and whether or not what you've found is right for you. It's technically sound and comprehensive so that you can proceed with complete confidence.  How to Choose and Buy an RV is the ultimate guide for those times when you want to, well, choose and buy an RV.

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[Caravans] and their tow vehicles rarely jack-knife and roll over - but when they do the results are catastrophic. The cause, and how to prevent it, is explained here.  Why Caravans Roll Over offers solid advice for keeping yourself safe on the road.

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Caravan & Motorhome Electrics is the totally rewritten successor to the original globally selling Motorhome Electrics. The book's content now also covers every aspect of designing, installing and fault finding of the electrics in fifth wheel and conventional [caravans], camper trailers and motorhomes.

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The Caravan & Motorhome Book covers every conceivable aspect of camper trailer, [caravan] and fifth wheel [caravan], campervan and motorhome usage. Like all of Collyn Rivers' books it is technically sound yet written in plain English.

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Solar That Really Works! explains, in clear English, every detail of designing and installing solar in boats, camper trailers, [caravans] and motorhomes. It is up-to-date, valid globally and technically accurate. It is clear, concise and easy to follow without sacrificing important detail.

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How to Choose and Buy an RV Here's how to get it right first and every time. This is Collyn Rivers' newest book.  Building on his years of experience and extensive knowledge of engineering and all things [caravan] and RV, this is the book you need with you when shopping for an RV.

Caravan & Motorhome Electrics Collyn Rivers has done it again! – if you need to know anything about motorhome electrics, then this book is for you... Collyn must be, without doubt, the foremost authority in Australia on this subject.

The Wanderer (Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia Ltd)

Why Caravans Roll Over....and How to Prevent It​ Should be compulsory reading for everyone involved with [Caravans]: Design / Engineering, Marketing, Journalism (print & electronic), Regulations, Inspections, Driver-Training, [Caravan] Clubs, Towing and Modifications.

Colin Young

Founder and CEO, Caravan Council of Australia

Solar that Really Works!

Collyn is an accomplished engineer who knows how to design and build successful systems. It is refreshing to see practical advice written in plain language when there is so little solar information around. . . this is an essential text . . . you won’t find a better guide.

Alan T. Gray

Earth Garden Magazine

The Caravan & Motorhome Book

Without doubt, this is the best book we have ever read . . . it will be treasured, and read on a regular basis.

The Wanderer (Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia Ltd)