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Caravans

Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to pack your caravan. The latter can lead to building a fruitful relationship with your insurance provider, while the former will lead to a holiday that’s remembered for all the right reasons. Naturally, the information on this site is general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice or training – which we very much recommend!

Click and drag the image below to reveal the correct way to pack your caravan.

 

The key is to place most of the weight over the axles, followed by the front of the van and finally the rear. Of course, there is more to consider such as not exceeding the maximum load specified by the trailer manufacturer, so be sure to seek professional advice before hitting the road.

Just like the ballast on a ship, the lower the center of gravity, the more stable the caravan.


Caradamn Good Advice: Before purchasing a caravan or trailer, it’s critical you give careful consideration to your vehicle’s towing mass and construction prior to purchase. The towing mass (or towing rating) is found under the towing section in the vehicle manufacturer’s handbook. The rating will include a trailer weight capacity and a trailer ball weight capacity, both of which must not be exceeded.

Caravan towing guide

Caravan Industry Association of Western Australia recommends all drivers consult the
*National Recreational Vehicle Towing Guide before embarking on a road trip.
The guide provides advice on safely towing a trailer or caravan, training options, legal
requirements, braking system, tyres, off road towing and pre-trip preparation tips.

*National Recreational Vehicle Towing Guide
National Road Safety Partnership Program Safe Towing Fact Sheet
RAC WA Tips for Towing a Load
Caravan Industry Association of WA Travel Tips

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.