Explore the bush with a caravan

Caravan parks have been an Australian family holiday staple for decades. However, an increasing number of people want to explore all of Australia, including the outback and other remote areas. If you want to see the most of Australia, at some point you will need to head off of the sealed roads and highways. And it’s then that a good quality 4×4 offroad camper becomes an invaluable camping companion. There are a number of features that will easily distinguish an off road caravan from their tarmac bound counterparts. Firstly, a good off road caravan will be rigid, with high clearance from the road. It will also feature dual axles and a hardy suspension system. The presence of a good quality braking system is also critical on a true off road caravan. Do not be fooled by lesser quality standard caravans that have misleadingly been marked as off road without any of the specially adapted features that a true strong tough camper intended for use off road will possess. The draw bar of the caravan should extend all of the way across the entire width of the caravan.

A good off road caravan will also have debris and stone deflectors. When you are actually driving off road while towing 4×4 caravans, it is important to keep to a lower speed, brake gently, and exercise the system of car control. Remember to have your tyre pressures set to the conditions that you are driving on, and keep a watch out for live stock or native animals on the road. Depending on how far afield you are going, it may be necessary to carefully manage your petrol or other fuel so that you won’t run the risk of being caught short. Obviously, a car or four wheel drive that is towing a crossover rv trailer or caravan will get a significantly reduced range from a full tank than a car that is not towing anything at all. If you are only expecting to take a limited number of trips in to the outback – say, about no more than once every twelve months – then perhaps the best way to deal with the lack of fuel availability is simply to carry petrol or diesel in jerry cans. Any jerry cans you buy should be compliant with the Australian Standard AS 2906.

Jerry cans are colour coded: red is for petrol, and yellow is for diesel. Also ensure that they are clearly labelled so that they are not mistaken for something else, such as water. It is very important to store jerry cans securely and safely, even when empty. Some of the newer and more deluxe 4×4 camper trailers for sale will even have a dedicated front compartment for storing fuel while you are on the move. Fuel should not be stored in the same compartment as the passenger cabin, or on the back of a caravan.

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