How to Choose and Buy an RV

Solar that Really Works! covers the design, installation and use of solar in cabins, camper trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheelers, campervans and motor homes.

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ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.

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.

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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.

 

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

Solar that Really Works! covers the design, installation and use of solar in cabins, camper trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheelers, campervans and motor homes.

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Paperback version

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ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.

Caravan & 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

The Caravan & Motorhome Book

The Caravan & Motorhome Book covers every conceivable aspect of campervan and motorhome usage. If you own a camper van or motor home, you'll want this book.

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ISBN: 978-0-6483190-5-4.

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

Solar That Really Works!

Solar that Really Works! covers the design, installation and use of solar in cabins, camper trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheelers, campervans and motor homes.

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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 Solar That Really Works!  Just ask.
ISBN: 978-0-6483190-3-0