Table of Contents

  • 1. Establishing the essentials
    • Selling your home is a financial trap
    • RV accessibility - for those less mobile
    • How many people may travel in your RV?
    • Accommodating more people
  • 2. Towed or self-propelled?
    • Camper-trailers and conventional caravans
    • Caravan safety when towed
    • Fifth-wheel caravans
    • Campervans and motorhomes
    • Travelling patterns
    • Easing the buying decision
    • Who buys what - and why?
  • 3. RV categories
    • Tent trailers
    • Basic camper-trailers
    • Up-market camper-trailers
    • Pop-top caravans
    • Full height single-axle caravans
    • Full height dual-axle caravans
    • Toy hauliers
    • Off-road caravans
    • Fifth-wheel caravans
    • Fixed roof campervans
    • Pop-top campervans
    • Slide-on unit campervans
    • Utility conversions (utes)
    • Delivery van conversions
    • Low profile campervans and motorhomes
    • High profile campervans and motorhomes
    • A-class motorhomes
    • Coach conversions
    • 'Off-road' motorhomes
    • Expedition vehicles
    • Vintage and restored RVs
    • Self-built RVs
    • Online resources for self-builders
  • 4. RV awnings and annexes
    • Annexe materials
    • When and how to use an annexe
    • Awning mats
  • 5. RV kitchens
    • Kitchen size and location
    • No need for an oven
    • LP gas cookers
    • Diesel-fuelled cooktops
    • Sinks
  • 6. RV showers and toilets
    • Portable showers and toilets
    • RV - basic toilet types
    • Toilet chemicals are needed
    • Bio-stimulant toilet chemicals
    • Biciodic toilet chemicals
    • Napisan
    • Other forms of RV toilets
    • Composting toilets
    • Incinerating toilets
    • Blackwater and dump points
    • Self-contained RVs
    • RV laundry and washing machines
    • Portable washing machines
    • Clothes washing alternatives
  • 7. Dining and sleeping
    • The dining area
    • Types of beds
    • RV bed sizes
    • RV mattresses
    • Airing your bed
  • 8. RV accessories
    • Smoke alarms
    • Carbon monoxide (CO) detector
    • First aid kit
    • Tow ball scales
    • Fifteen amp to ten amp supply cable adaptors
    • Reversing cameras
    • Spirit level
    • Wheel chocks and levelling wedges
    • Powered caravan-movers
    • Odds and ends that every RV may need
  • 9. Buying the RV
    • Key points to check
    • Try before you buy?
    • Buying a used RV
    • Sales contracts, warranties and insurance
    • Deposit
    • Balance of payment
    • Subsequent Changes
    • Cancellations
    • Delivery
    • Checking Tare Mass
    • Current RV compliance
    • Instruction manuals
    • Registration Certificate
    • Gas and Plumbing Certificate
    • Electrical Safety Standards Certificate
    • RV warranties
    • RV insurance
    • All-new forthcoming RV regime
  • 10. Using your RV
    • Safety checks
    • Hitching and unhitching
    • Levelling the rig
    • Tent poles
    • Mats for annexes
    • RV windows
    • Checking energy usage
    • Connecting the supply cable
    • Fridge usage
    • What to store where
    • Clothes and shoes
  • 11. Useful RV-related books and information
    • Wikicamps Australia
    • Camps Australia Wide
    • Camps 10
    • Our books and websites
  • 12. About the author
    • Appendix 1. Terms and definitions
      • Tare Mass (for trailers)
      • Aggregate Trailer Mass (abbreviation is ATM)
      • Payload (for camper trailers and caravans)
      • Tare Mass for powered RVs
      • Payload (for campervans and motorhomes)
      • Gross Vehicle Mass (for powered vehicles)
      • Gross Combination Mass (GCM)
      • Maximum tow ball loading (for tow vehicle)
      • Caravan mass and speed regulations
    • Appendix 2. Australian RV Road Rules Summary
      • Which RV road rules apply?
      • Maximum trailer dimensions
      • Roadworthiness
      • Weight limits for the tow vehicle:
      • Tow bars
      • RV electrics
      • RV couplings
      • Trailer brakes
      • Breakaway brakes
      • Safety chains
      • Rearview mirrors
      • Weight distributing hitches
      • Number plates
      • Towing speed limits
      • Leacaravanner and provisional drivers towing a trailer
      • Long vehicle rules
      • Turning left and right
    • Appendix 3. Road Vehicle Standards Act of 2018
      • The objects of the Road Vehicle Standards Act
    • Appendix 4. Checklist for buying a used caravan
      • Pre-qualifying questions
      • General
      • Interior
    • Appendix 5. Australian Consumer Warranties
      • Statutory Warranties
      • Statutory conditions relating to a service contract include
      • Voluntary warranties
      • Passing on responsibility for a remedy to a manufacturer
    • Appendix 6. RV loading and storing checklists
      • Loading and departure checks