How to Choose and Buy an RV

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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Prices for the paperback version including delivery can vary dramatically.  RVBooks recommends you shop around.  We've included a number of reputable booksellers you may wish to consider. Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of How to Choose and Buy an RV. Just ask.
ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.

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

The Camper Trailer Book

Fourth Edition

by Collyn Rivers

The Camper Trailer Book was first published in 2006. Camper trailers and usage, however, changed so fast it has been updated several times.

This book has not yet been converted to an eBook format and is not yet available as a paperback. While printed copies of previous editions may still be available, we have decided to publish this new edition of The Camper Trailer Book on this website.

Each week we will add a new section.  Over time the complete book will be available on this site. As each section is added it will also be completely searchable.

If you own or are interested in travelling with a camper trailer you will find this book invaluable.  It covers every issue you are likely to encounter and then some.  We trust you will find this helpful and useful.

The Camper Trailer Book – Chapter  2: Where to Go in Australia

Where to go in Australia depends substantially on the time of year. The east coast is packed from late-December until mid-January. Also during Easter and school holidays. This is particularly so along the ‘grey nomad and backpacker’ roads from Sydney to Cape Tribulation (Qld), the Great Ocean Road, Kakadu and Uluru, and Broome from May-September. It is true of anywhere that has good fishing and/or boat access. It is especially so for anywhere recommended in a Lonely Planet Guide.

Most RV users travel mainly on busy main roads. Many areas have ample space and less trafficked roads a few kilometres inland. There is less busy inland route north via New South Wales and Queensland.

The north of Western Australia and the Northern Territory have few roads or towns. Most other states have good main roads, back-roads and settlements.

Camping is permitted in most Australian national parks and most state forests (freely in NSW, and usually still free, but by permit, in Qld and SA). An on-road camper trailer will adequately cope, including on the tracks in most national parks, as well as detours to grassed camping areas etc.

Kombi in camp

The author and his wife (Maarit) camped for a few nights on this idyllic bush site in south Queensland. Pic RV Books.

Good camping sites can be also often found down minor and often very rocky and narrow tracks near creek crossings. On these, the rig may bounce around but unless you hit things that nature did not intend to move, there is little risk of damage. Most 4WDs handle this with ease but you must have an off-road towing hitch, and WDH bars (if you have them) disconnected.

What camper trailers (and their tow vehicles) can be used where is covered in following sections.

map australia web

Australia’s major bitumen roads. There are many dirt roads (of varying quality) including one across the centre via Alice Springs. Pic: Bogdanserdam/Dreamstime.com

Collyn Rivers is a semi-retired automobile research engineer.  He is the author of seven books, five of which are about making RVs and solar work optimally.

How to Choose and Buy an RV

How to Choose and Buy an RV is the ultimate guide for those times when you want to, well, choose and buy an RV.

eBook versions

Paperback version

Prices for the paperback version including delivery can vary dramatically.  RVBooks recommends you shop around.  We've included a number of reputable booksellers you may wish to consider. Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of How to Choose and Buy an RV. Just ask.
ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.