Travel

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 too dangerous to even consider.

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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.

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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.

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10 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 travel trailer, fuel usage will be much higher. To minimise this, the coastal route is best done anti-clockwise. Start down south in spring or summer (from Melbourne or Sydney) and head north – following the sun before winter sets in.

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Microwave for RV 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 travel trailers 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.

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Buy a New RV in 5 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 home comforts can you not do without? What type of touring will you be doing? How many will be travelling? How many drivers? Is everyone in your travelling party committed to the RV lifestyle? Do you intend to drive off-road?

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RV Fridge Basics

Most fridges are pumps. They move heat from where it is not wanted to where it does not matter. Differences in how well they work are largely due to correct installation. RV fridge basics dictate all work like this.

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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 Commissioner warned against buying such products.

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Choosing the right interior fittings for an Australian RV

by Collyn Rivers - Updated June 2019 RV Interiors Choosing the right interior fittings for an Australian RV fully explained Beds Most RV beds are smaller than those housebound. Bed extensions are sometimes offered to increase their length, as to are slide outs. RV...

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Choosing a Caravan Tow Vehicle

When choosing a travel trailer tow vehicle there are key travel trailer towing specifications that you need to know. This article explains what they are and why they are vital.

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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.

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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.

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Overhung Travel Trailer Hitches

Conventional travel trailers are towed via an overhung hitch attached to the rear of the tow vehicle. This is an inherently unstable combination. A side force on a travel trailer causes swaying. Travel Trailer swaying is undesirable. Furthermore, at speed, it is dangerous The longer travel trailer hitches overhang the worse the effect. It is undesirable at low levels. It is dangerous at high levels. And even more so at high speeds. This RV Books article explains why.

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Australian RV Road Rules – Summary

  Australian RV Road Rules Australia's RV Road Rules – all you most know when towing a camper trailer or – or driving a campervan or motorhome. RV Road Rules Summary – Disclaimer This RV Road Rules Summary is a summary and is intended for general...

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Loading a Caravan Safely

Knowing how to locate mass correctly along the length of a travel trailer is vital. That applies both to its design and the owner’s loading. This article shows the safe approach to loading a caravan – and why and how it matter doing so is vitally important.

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Why Caravans Roll Over
and how to prevent it

Explains in detail every aspect of tow vehicle and travel trailer stability. This is what you need to know to be safe on or off the road.

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ISBN: 978-0-6483190-6-1

Caravan and Motorhome Electrics

The essential handbook for anyone with an RV of any kind.  Everything you need to know to make the electrics in your rig work for you.

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ISBN: 978-0-6483190-8-5

Solar Success

Whether you’re building a new home or adding solar to an existing structure, this is the one book you can’t afford to be without.

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ISBN: 978-0-6487945-4-7

Caravan and Motorhome Electrics

The essential handbook for anyone with an RV of any kind.  Everything you need to know to make the electrics in your rig work for you.

eBook versions

Paperback version

The book retailers set their own prices which can vary substantially. We'll aim to keep a selection of the better prices above.

Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of Caravan & Motorhome Electrics.  Just ask.
ISBN: 978-0-6483190-8-5