FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PLUMBING

 

USING GAS HOT WATER SERVICE?

Ensure that the pump is on or mains water is connected. In the caravan a switch with a red light can be found (most commonly found near the fuse box). This is the hot water service gas igniting switch Flick this on when you are ready to turn on the hot water service, the red light will illuminate when the gas is starting up. If the light stays on for a long period of time, or keeps flashing on and off, there is a gas supply problem. Please contact your local dealer or plumber.

 

USING ELECTRIC HOT WATER SERVICE?

Ensure that the pump is on or mains water is connected. On electric no water will cause the heating element to burn out. In the hot water service there is a switch which reads on and off. Flick the switch to the on position. Turn this off after use to ensure that it is not still on without any water.

 

HOW DO I FILL THE HOLDING TANK?

To fill the holding tank you need to pressurize your water system. This can be achieved by turning your kitchen tap to hot and turning the tap on. While dragging water through the holding tank you will observe a lot of air blowing out of the tap. When the water flows with no air splutters, you have successfully filled the holding tank.

 

MY PIPES UNDERNEATH THE CARAVAN ARE LEAKING?

Dependant on the location and size of the hole you have a few quick fix options. If a pin hole in located you can often use a small screw covered in silicone into the hole. This will ensure a tight fit but also air tight and waterproof. If a larger hole is located you may need to swap out that part of piping. Carrying some extra hose, joiners and tap will make on the spot fixing a lot easier.

 

CAN I USE BORE WATER?

In some situations, all you may have access to is bore water. Bore water is often untested and unreliable. And by no means I wouldn’t recommended drinking or using it for cooking. Locals in the areas will know what is safe to use or not, so always ask a mate. Prior travel planning with plenty of safe drinking water for your journey is key.

 

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CHECK MY GAS FITTINGS AND BOTTLES?

Regularly is the simple answer. You should do regular checks of your caravan and all appliances. With gas pipes used soap water from a spray bottle to spot leaks. A gas bottle has a 10year life span before they need to be re-certified or disposed of and replaced. RV gas bottles are meant to be either categories 1 or 2.

 

FLUSH YOUR WATER TANKS PRIOR TO SETTING OFF.

Prevention is the best choice regarding safety. Draining and flushing out your water tanks will remove any nasty bacteria that may be presence during storage. You can use a variety of different cleaning agents, such as white vinegar, deodorizer and more.  Once your tanks are cleaned and flushed add a drinking water agent to ensure pure drinking water without the nasty tastes of tank water. Be sure to only use a food grade hose to fill your water tanks.

ELECTRICAL

HOW DOES THE BATTERY CHARGER WORK?

There are many ways you can charge your battery in your caravan. Option one is a 240V battery charger. This charger will work when you are plugged into mains power, when purchasing a battery charger ensure it marries up to the type of battery in your caravan. Second option is solar power. You can choose remote solar panels and roof mounted fixed panels, there input charge is controlled by a solar controller. Be sure to get a system that is large enough to suit your battery requirements. Thirdly you can have an Anderson plug charge your battery wired to your tow vehicle whilst towing. A similar method is to have a DC to DC charger wired into your Anderson line for even better charging while driving for the serious remote caravanner.

 

WHAT IS CONTROLLED BY THE 12PIN PLUG AND ANDERSON PLUG?

The 12 pin plugs allocated wiring to the correct section of the van and the Anderson plug charges the battery only from the car (isolation switch on 3) please refer to the 12pin plug as per caravan electrics wiring diagram. All wiring should be completed by a certified electrician.

 

HOW DO I FIX A LIGHT THAT HAS STOPPED WORKING?

First step is to check the cables around this area. Ensure no connections have come loose in travel or any dirt is blocking the connection. 80% of warranty claims for faulty lights is due to build-up of dust and dirt or loss of connection. The other component to check is that the globe hasn’t reached the end of your life or a fuse hasn’t blown. Always a good idea to carry some spare in your caravan just in case. If it is an outside traffic light on your caravan that has stopped working, you can use a thin bladed knife to gently spread the male pins open to make a better continuity to the female socket.

 

I NEED MORE POWER WHEN I’M FREE CAMPING.

You have growing options available regarding 12V power in your caravans. LED lighting is one of the easiest cost-effective lighting systems you can use in your caravan to save on operating power. Depending on your needs and abilities of the caravan you can choose which path to take. More commonly used are solar panels, either fitted to the roof of your caravan or portable, they vary in size too. A bulky option is the additional battery on board with you, make sure you inform the store what battery you already have fitted to ensure they are compatible. The biggest option is a generator, running air conditioner unit, you need to be looking at 2000W to 3000W plus. Storing generators whilst travel doesn’t have to be difficult if your able to install a generator box onto your chassis, generally fitting a storage compartment for your fuel goes hand in hand.

 

WHY DO I NEED A 15AMP POWER LEAD RATHER THAN A NORMAL HOUSE 10AMP POWER LEAD?

Easiest way to understand why the difference is you have one power lead/entry into your caravan and many power point exits in your caravan. Like a power board you use at home, if you over load it the circuit breaker on the power board will pop leaving the circuit board with no power output. The 15Amp input into your caravan is designed to except a lot more power drawer before the on-board caravan circuit breaker will pop. Modifying any part of this system is illegal and dangerous and can result in failed insurance claims if a disaster does occur.

 

WHY DOES AN AGM BATTERY COST MORE THAN A STANDARD LEAD ACID DEEP CYCLE BATTERY?

AGM batteries come standard in a lot of the higher end caravans being built in the marker like New Age Caravans. While the cost of the batteries is greater and team that with a more expensive battery charger to suit the end, result is far better. AGM batteries can be mounted inside a caravan as they do not need ventilating. Depending on the brand and technology in the AGM battery you can use at least 70 percent of the amp hour rating of the battery (providing the battery is fully charged) before the battery is considered flat, this is at least 20 per cent better than the cheaper lead acid styles. This means in a remote caravanning holiday you can get more out of your batteries to stay a little longer.

 

THE WATER PUMP LIGHT IS FLICKERING?

When drawing a lot of power from appliances and water pump lights may flicker this is an indication that your battery is running low. Charging your battery will stop this from happening. This can also happen when appliances first switch on as power is drawn, the lights will then return as normal.

 

RE-TUNE YOUR TV

To operate your TV, ensure the booster switch located on the wall must be ON. Please note you are required to tune your TV at every new location to obtain digital reception.

 

12 PIN PLUG

Caravan Electrical Solutions wire all 12pin plugs to New Age caravans, they also supply a guide to Customers and Dealerships to ensure the customer’s car is wired efficiently.

 

PIN 8 ON THE 12 PIN PLUG

Fridge supply/Brake safe charging; This is wired to battery positive of the tow vehicle. It is recommended that this supply is taken off a dual battery isolating device that allows the power supply to the fridge to be fed only when the alternator of the car is charging. Wiring this way insures that the tow vehicles battery will not be discharged when left connected with the vehicle switched off. AES sensing is required for some model fridges, please contact your Dealership or CES for more information.

 

DO I NEED A DC TO DC CHARGER?

Some modern 4×4 vehicles have a load dependent alternator (smart alternator) which alters its output depending on the requirements of the load. If the tow vehicle is fitted with this technology, it is recommended that a DC to DC charger be fitted. If a DC to DC charger is fitted to the vehicle some minor alterations may be necessary to the caravan wiring, qualified Auto-Electricians are to contact Caravan Electrical Solutions for further information.

 

BATTERY CARE WHEN STORING YOUR CARAVAN

If the caravan is left unused for a period of time, it is recommended to charge the battery periodically (by turning the isolating switch on and connecting to 240 Volt power). If the caravan has a solar system and the panels get even occasional sun this will maintain the battery in good condition. Otherwise the van will have to be plugged into power every 4 to 6 weeks for 24 hours to maintain the charge in the battery. It is always a good idea to charge the battery before each trip.

TOWING

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF PRESSURE REQUIRED TO PUMP MY TYRES WITH OR WITHOUT A LOAD?

This information can be found on the tyres themselves or on the vin plate of some caravans.

 

WHAT SAFETY FEATURES SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A CARAVAN?

I would recommend looking for is ALKO Electronic Stability Control, this system is designed to provide the best possible response to caravan sway in critical towing situations. It brakes all wheels on the caravan simultaneously. This can be fitted during construction or after market.  Another component is regarding the build of your caravan. Look for the national caravan industry association of Australia RV Manufacturing program. RVMAP audits members to ensure the caravans meet Australian regulations and standards.

 

DO I NEED A WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION HITCH?

Where the tow ball weight exceeds 150kg it is generally recommended to use a heavy-duty weight distribution hitch. This allows the car and van to be level, permitting the front brakes on the tow vehicle to work as per the vehicle manufactures requirements and overall giving you more control over the caravan in difficult situations.

 

DO I NEED SIDE MIRRORS?

For most people towing mirrors are a great way to see if there is any traffic down the side of their caravan, in most cases mirror/s are a must.

 

HOW CAN I KEEP CABLES TIDY?

Some people use plastic sleeves, duct tape or wrapping around their cables between the caravan and towing vehicle. If you find your cables are excessive and hanging low it’s a great idea to use cable ties to lift and bundle the cables on top of your chassis to minimise the risk of damaging them during travel.

 

IS MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC TOWING VEHICLE BETTER?

This is like deciding lemon or lime for your corona or G&T, both will do the trick is comes down to personal preference. A good adventure is when you have confidence in your caravan, tow vehicle and driving skill, choose the set that is best for you. Always work within the tow vehicles manufacture limits.

 

HOW TO STAY SAFE IN A SWERVE SITUATION?

Safety is a big component of a caravanning and for good reason. Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds and there are multiple devices available to make towing a safer experience. We highly recommend Alko ESC to be installed on your caravan. This can be done at the build stage or aftermarket. This product is programmed to suit your caravans weight, size and tyres used. They must be fitted by a qualified Alko ESC trained service agent, and when completed you will receive a warranty card as proof your caravan has it. Bonus to being a safer driver on the road is, in most cases you will have reduced insurance fees, as most insurance companies will discount your policy if you have Alko ESC system or similar on your caravan.

 

CAN MY CAR TOW THAT CARAVAN?

Work within the boundaries set by your tow vehicles manufacture. This information can be found in your vehicles hand book or on the heavy-duty tow bar provided. Your vehicle must be able to accept the ATM of the caravan (the maximum weight the manufacture is allowing you to load up too and the down force of the front of the caravan (Ball weight)).

 

WHAT IS ELECTRIC BRAKE CONTROLLERS?

It is an Australian law requirement that all caravans over 750kg must have a tow vehicle with fitted and working electric brakes. They work by controlling the braking force from within your car to your caravan whilst towing. There are several varieties of brake controller units on the market, when choosing one you’ll need to know your tow vehicle and caravan’s requirements. Things such as being ESC compatible or not.

 

SPOT CHECKS

During the initial 400kms of travel it’s a great idea to stop every 100kms and check your wheel nut tensions, and do visual check over the caravan. It’s creating piece of mind during the tow but also advises you of all components on your caravan that may move during travel.

 

UNEVEN CARAVAN AND TOW VEHICLE

There are generally four reasons why a car and caravan in tow are not level. One is incorrect ball height, two uneven loading of gear in the caravan, three is lack of proper towing equipment and four is incompatibility between the caravan and towing vehicle.

 

BIGGER, BROADER AND LONGER

We become comfortable with towing after some time into the journey, always remember your height of the caravan may be higher than your car, your caravan can be broader than the car and your longer than just the car. The wheels on the caravan don’t follow the wheels on the car, they shortcut. Also, be sure to allow excess room when entering driveways or gates, etc.

 

TOWING WITH A DIESEL VEHICLE?

Be mindful that with diesel powered vehicles it can be difficult to avoid the entry of soot, a black gas/dust from diesel fumes. Due to regulations of building caravans, air vents are not avoidable; covering the vents only while you drive can assist, but must be uncovered when you unhitch.

 

REVERSING WITH A CARAVAN

The longer the caravan is the easy it can be to reverse. When reversing the caravan all you need to remember is that you need to turn your steering wheel the opposite way that you need the caravan to turn. If you over turn, as many of us do, it is easier to move forward and straighten up and try again. Practice makes perfect.

 

AUTHORISED BRAKE CONTROLLER FOR CES WIRING

While using ALKO ESC during tow there are selected brake controller units that are compatible. For more information please contact your Dealership or Caravan Electrical Solutions.

AWNING

THERE IS A HOLE IN MY AWNING.

A temporary fix would be an oily cloth or duct tape until your able to source a repair kit. Depending on the size of the hole you could either apply VLP or a patch kit.

 

WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD I USE FOR AN ANNEXE?

These days you have three main options for your annexe material; vinyl, canvas or shade cloth. Each hold their benefits in different ways. Vinyl is heavy duty and easy to clean, but doesn’t allow air flow, so can build up condensation.  Canvas is a middle ground, being heavy duty but allowing the air to breathe through. Shade cloth is a sun block in some ways, allow air and warmth through but not maintaining a waterproof surrounding. When putting your annexe together ensure your using good support products to have a firm fit.

 

MY AWNING IS SAGGING.

When setting up your awning it’s a good habit to have one side one notch lower than the other. This allows water build up to run off naturally. Additional thing to keep in mind it the support on your awning, we recommend using curved roof rafters or anti flappers to hold tension on your awning to minimise the flex and movement when erected. If you are using an awning over 15foot it may be worth your while investing in a pole with a spigot on the top to be drilled into the awning roll to stop sagging.

 

THE STITCHING ON MY AWNING HAS SPREAD.

The holes will expand over time if the awning has been moving a lot (flapping). When the awning is rolled up you can apply a wax of VLP over the stitching to reseal the holes. Allow plenty of time for the treatment to set before rolling out your awning again.

 

HOW DO I CLEAN MY AWNING?

There are specific awning cleaning products on the market for a reason. Some standard cleaners are too harsh for the fabric and you will need repair work in no time. If you want to go without the mainstream products, warm water and a cloth can do the trick. Just ensure you air dry before rolling back up.

 

DOOR IS TOUCHING THE AWNING CLOTH

If you find your door is contacting the vinyl awning ensure that both arms have 17 holes and the upper arms are extended fully before pulling out your awning. Rafters are also recommended to get the best use out of your awning.

 

AWNING OPENING

Unlock the arm locks on both sides. Unscrew the black knob slightly on both sides. Move the brake leaver on the awning from close to open. Pull on the awning strap to pull the awning open. Slide the top awning arm until it locks into the latch at the top. Lift the handle and raise the awning arm, repeating on each side. If by yourself, only go half way on the first side, then repeat on the alternate before going to the full height. Be sure not to slide past the last locking hole. Apply pressure to the top arm and tighten the top locking knob. Slide the pull strap to a side and secure in a safe place. Ensure your main door has clearance from the awning cloth to prevent damage occurring.

 

AWNING CLOSING

Release awning strap to center position of the awning. Loosen the top locking knob. Lift the handle and lower the awning arm. Is alone please go half way down then repeat on alternate side until all the way lowered. Slide the top arm down, to release the am from the lock position push the button down at the top. While holding the pull strap with tension, move the break leaver from open to close. This will pull the awning back so please be careful not to let go of the strap, this will cause damage and void the warranty. Screw the black knob on both sides. Clip the arm back into the lock position on both sides.

PACKING UP AND SETTING UP

ENSURING YOU ARE LEVEL.

Tee bubbles are a cheap and super effective device you can fit directly onto you’re a-frame. When leveling your caravan, it becomes a quick guide as where you need to adjust to ensure your home on wheels is level. Using your jockey wheel and leveling chocks, etc are the best way to complete this.

 

STABILIZER LEGS / CORNER STEADIES

Corner stabilizers are designed so that they stop the caravan from tipping towards one end as you walk inside the van. They should be lowered to the point where they touch the ground in a firm manner without taking any weight of the van. Remember THEY ARE NOT JACKS and should never be used to take even partial weight of the van. As you move inside the van from end to end you cause more weight to be applied to the stabiliser. You should therefore never use force on the stabiliser handle to push the stabiliser to the ground thereby taking the weight of the van. Stabilizers that are bent or damaged due to excess weight being applied to them are NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. Please note that there are two different stabilizers, one that stand straight and one that stands on an angle.

 

BEST WAY TO KEEP THE CARAVAN WARM?

By parking somewhere your van will be in the sun for majority of the day will increase the temperature inside the van. Just before the sun drops ensure all blinds are closed to best trap the heat in. Another low-cost way to increase the warmth is by adding rugs or carpet inside your van.

 

TIPS ON PLANNING FOOD FOR A TRIP.

When heading off on a long adventure you need to be smart around your food and water resources. Know where local safe drinking water can be sourced ensure your carrying plenty with you on board. When bringing meat, buy in vacuum sealed packaging as much as possible this increased the shelf life from one week to one month when kept in a refrigerator. Keep food items light, using dried products where possible. Unfortunately, a staple favourite, bread, never travels well, swapped the loaf for wraps instead.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CAMPING SPOT.

Your first preference will be around a level site, making it easier to hitch and unhitch and stabiliser your caravan. Secondly, a site when you can drive in and out easily. If possible aim for shade or shelter, but don’t park underneath trees as broken branches can cause damage. Look for space with possible camp fire ability and free flowing water.

 

HOW CAN I ENSURE MY BELONGINGS ARE SECURE INSIDE MY VAN WHILE TOWING?

Pack away all lose items into draws and cupboards. Pack things that you need but be sure they are travel safe, always prefer plastic over glass. Lining your drawers and cupboards with no slip matting will minimise your belongings being shuffled about when you arrive. When bringing breakable items pack them away in plastic tubs that fit away in cupboards or under the bed.

 

WHERE DO I PARK?

Checking with local councils and authorities prior to setting up is key. You can use websites such as What’s Up Down Under or the local council web pages to source where the caravan sites are and any locations available to free camp.

 

HAPPY HOUR ETIQUETTE.

Never show up empty handed, bring a platter to share as happy hour is about meeting your fellow neighbours. Some caravan parks are very proud of their happy hour and can organise entertainment/theme for the night be sure to check with the caravan park team for this information. Be prepared, wear appropriate clothing for the evening and drink in moderation.

 

EXTERNAL CARE

Regular cleaning to the externals of your van is recommended to avoid salts, sands, red rock and dust causing corrosion. Duragal can be purchased from your dealership to assist in the maintenance of your chassis’ appearance.

 

PREPARATION FOR STORING YOUR CARAVAN

Drain all tanks and hot water service. Switch off all power supplies including 12volt and gas. Empty toilet cassette. Clean van inside and out to maintain appearance and avoid any salts, dust etc sitting on the van.

 

SETTING UP ON SITE

Ensure site is level, free of any large branches or overhead obstructions. Apply the handbrake and place chocks under the caravan wheels. Detach from tow vehicle including safety chains. Ensure the jockey wheel clamp us firmly in position. Release coupling lock and raise the caravan using the jockey wheel to clear the tow ball, then level the caravan using the jockey wheel. Lower stabilizer legs.

 

CHECK YOUR ANTENNA

It’s something on top of the caravan that we can often miss. Antennas should always be securely stowed away while traveling and although there are many types of antenna on the market quite often the simpler types are very effective for television reception and are much easier to store when traveling. In the case of high winds, antennas should be removed and stored away as the structures are not designed to withstand strong wind conditions.

 

BEFORE HEADING OFF ON THE ROAD

Check the oil, water, brake fluid and battery. Inspect all tyres carefully, covering your wheel nuts and tyre pressure. Tyres generally sit in a range of 45-55 PSI. Ensure your coupling is correctly and securely fastened. All towing lights, number plate and registration labels are clearly visible. When loading your caravan be mindful of the weight is evenly distributed. Check the gas cylinders are secured and closed valve during travel. Check all cupboards, draws, shower door and fridge are closed securely. Ensure your awning is locked in the travel position. Move all stabilizer legs into the up position. Ensure that the handbrake has been released correctly. Check all windows, hatches, etc are closed and secure. Remove the TV from wall mount bracket and store away for travel. Remove shower head and wrap in towel to place on the base of the shower floor for travel. Store away any loose items.

OTHER

IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A MASTER KEY TO MINIMISE THE NUMBER OF KEYS I NEED?

You can nearly achieve this, while you cannot have one master key you can key alike the same style of key for given locks around your caravan. This comes in handy where you may have three or four different styles of keys but you have 10 different keys for all the locks. In this case you can take your keys from 10 to 4.

 

CHECK YOU U BOLTS.

Before heading off on a large or off-road trip, it pays to check your u bolts on the chassis. These hold the leaf springs to the axle. If concerned you can often pick up an extra from hardware stores. Before big trips it pays to have your caravan serviced, to insure all the necessary items are checked off and lubricated for your piece of mind.

 

BEST WAY TO LOAD YOUR CARAVAN CORRECTLY.

It may seem simple to just fill each cupboard and storage compartment with what you need for your adventures, but each item has weight and over the length of a caravan this can have a large impact if not being mindful. Store your heavy items low and close to the axle as possible. Only store lightweight goods in your overheads as this is where the most movement will occur.

 

WHAT CAN I DO IN AN EMERGENCY ON THE ROAD?

Slow down safely, no emergency vehicle will overtake you in a dangerous situation, so be calm and smart about your driving. If you come across an accident allow 200m between your vehicle and the accident allowing oncoming traffic enough warning to approach with caution. If possible call for help, carrying a GPS device together with a CB or UHF radio are useful to communicate with emergency services.

 

DON’T FORGET THE FIRST AID KIT.

Something small and simple to forget, but you’ll know when you need it. Always come prepared for the adventure and sometimes we knock ourselves about and require a fix up. Pack bandaids, bandage, sling, pain relief medicine, tweezers, alcohol swabs for a basic start. Ensure to make clearly and store in a high safe location away from little hands.

 

HOW DO I PROTECT MY CARAVAN?

We have all seen the difference of a brand-new caravan and a caravan who has lived a few adventures. The key element to maintain your caravan’s appearance is protection kits and keeping it clean. We recommend Ozone Shield protection for caravans as they are an Australia made product for the Australian environment and included in your purchase is a lifetime warranty for your protection coverage. Checking your caravan during travel for droppings, tree sap, etc and using warm water to clean off immediately will ensure your caravan paint doesn’t become eaten away by the acids in these environmental factors. When your caravan is in storage it’s important to protect it from the elements also. Investing in good garaging or a quality caravan cover will protect your home on wheels from environmental factors.

 

TIPS WHEN TRAVELING WITH PETS.

We love our furry companions like family, but sometimes we are safer leaving them with family and friends in a location they know. If bringing along your companion be sure to know which national parks, caravan parks, etc allow your pet to stay with you. Stop every couple of hours for pee and walk breaks. Start with small and short trips until you are sure your pet is ready for big adventures with you.

 

HOW CAN I MINIMISE MOULD AND MUSTY SMELLS DURING STORAGE?

There are a few ways to combat the mould build up or stale smells once your caravan has been in storage for a while. You can call into your local hardware and purchase moisture eaters and place around your caravan. During travel, using exhaust fan while cooking or shower to remove hot air, also regularly airing the bedding and linen. When preparing for storage it is best to fully clean the caravan’s inside. Wipe all hard surfaces, remove linen and wash, sun pillows and mattresses when possible, and allow sunlight and airflow to the caravan on dry sunny days. Prior to your next trip, turn on a heater to dry the air for ten minutes or so, and spot check for any water stains to fix potential leaks.

 

REGISTRATION AND STATE REGULATIONS.

Each state and territory have difference rules in place, so if traveling across more than one be sure to read on their web pages what your need to do to comply and avoid hefty fines. All caravans need to be road worthy and registered. Make a note on the calendar when your registered is due so you don’t find yourself traveling along towing an unregistered caravan.

 

CARAVAN CLUBS AND GROUPS, ARE THEY WORTH IT?

Caravan groups are created based on like minded people or businesses supporting their brand. Be sure to be involved in a group that suits you and your needs. Often, they are free and great opportunities to social with people from the caravanning lifestyle. Our New Age Owners Tribe was created by a couple whom loved their New Age caravan so much they wanted to make meeting other New Age owners more simply and share holiday spots together. The Tribe has now grown so much they have a web page, private Facebook group, 10 group meets each year across Australia and more.

 

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.

The Australian law is that all new caravans must be fitted with a fire extinguisher prior to them being registered. All caravans too must have a working smoke alarm installed during production to meet the Australian requirements.

 

COMMON ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR CARAVAN.

A bike rack for you and the kids. Ensure when choosing your bike rack, you know a couple of things, where will the bike rack be fitted to the vehicle or the caravan, if it is secure and won’t dislodge down the road. Second thing when choosing your bike rack, how many bikes can you fit. The next common addition is the BBQ. Some people will simply bring along a small BBQ while others opt to have it fitted to their caravan for easy travel. There are slide out option available using your tunnel booth, be mindful of cheap knock offs that won’t secure the weight or stop the bumping around whilst in tow. Lastly the A-Frame infill, this is when you add either wire of mesh to the centre area of the A-Frame. Using it for additional storage, for example, wood fire, tanks or even an extra tyre.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A FAMILY CARAVAN?

Family or bunk vans tend to be larger or longer, and not easily available under a budget of $40,000. Features to include are, large fridge, queen size bed for mum and dad, double or triple bunks, full ensuite, washing machine, full cooking facilities, good size battery fitted, dual or multiple water tanks, plenty of storage room, seating inside. Other benefits to have are solar panels, air conditioning, external shower, external cooking facilities and a full annexe. Pick your camp sites carefully allowing safety for your family but facilities such as water and toilets close by. Pack suitable clothing and plenty of inside things to do if the weather turns bad.

 

CUPBOARD DOORS OUT OF ALIGNMENT

As part of Maintenance Adjusting of doors and draws in your van maybe required. This can be fixed by tightening the screws and hinges. This is due to movement whist traveling.

 

MAIN DOOR USE

The door is fitted with a key lock system. To unlock the door, turn the key so that the open handle pops out. When the handle is in the out position the door can be opened, without the need of a key. When leaving the caravan unattended ensure that the handle is in the down flush position.

 

TOILET CHEMICALS

It is only possible to dispose of the contents of the toilet in approved dumping stations or through a normal household sewerage system. This can often be done at caravan parks with the permission of the park owner. However, it is advisable to check with the park owner before discharging any toilet material into sewerage lines as the chemical deodorant contained in the toilet can sometimes have effects on the sewerage or septic system of the caravan park. You should refer to the brochure supplied with all chemical toilets for further information on their care and maintenance.

 

NEW AGE WEIGH BRIDGE

New Age Caravans have a certified commonwealth weigh bridge. The caravans are weighed as they roll out of the factory without gas, water, any after-market additions. Each caravan build is unique, so the vin plate on each caravan is accurate to that caravan itself and no other. New Age customer’s can request for the vin plate to change by contacting a New Age Dealership.

 

VIN PLATE DETAILS

MANUFACTURER – Manufacturer’s Name. DATE OF MANUFACTURE – Date produced. GROSS TRAILER MASS kg – Maximum loaded weight on the tyres. AGGREGATE TRAILER MASS kg – Maximum loaded total weight. V.I.N. NUMBER – 17digit identification number. WHEEL RIM SIZE/PROFILE – Dimension of rims fitted as standard. TYRE SIZE – Dimension of tyres fitted as standard. TYRE LOAD RATING – Individual load rating of tyres. TYRE PRESSURE (COLD) – Recommended tyre pressures. AXLE/AXLE GROUP LOAD CAPACITY – Maximum load capacity of axles. TARE WEIGHT – Unladen weight. TOW BALL WEIGHT – The unladen weight at the coupling.