Month: December 2018

Understanding Caravan & Towing Dimensions

Ready to buy a New Age Caravan? Getting ready for your next caravan trip away?

It is critical that you give careful consideration to the legal requirements about the dimensions of your tow vehicle and caravan.

Caravanning – it’s where memories are created, and to ensure happy travels follow the below caravanning tips for safe and pleasant travels.

If you need to discuss or clarify the below feel free to call a New Age Caravan expert on 1300 NEW AGE.

Caravan Length

The length of a caravan (from the front to the rear foremost points on the vehicle including accessories such as bikes and bumpers), other than a semi-trailer must not exceed 12.5 metres.

Caravan Height

The height of any caravan including accessories such as airconditioners and hatches must not exceed 4.3 metres in height. Most on-road New Age Caravans are less than 3 metres in overall height. Most offroad New Age Caravans are between 3-3.5 metres in height.

Loads

Rear Protuding Loads

Where a load protrudes more than 1.2 metres beyond the rear of a caravan, or when a protruding load cannot be easily seen by a driver following the caravan, a brightly coloured flag or a piece of material at least 300mm x 300mm must be attached to the rear of the load during the day and a red light attached during the night.

If a load protrudes beyond the rear of a caravan ensure you remain within the legal requirements for:

  1. Caravan length (see above)
  2. Total Length
  3. Rear Overhang requirements

Front Protuding Loads

To reduce rear overhang, loads on caravans may protude 1.2 metres from the front of the caravan.

Side Projecting Loads

A load may only project 150mm from the outermost part of either side of a caravan. However a maximum overall width for a caravan is 2500mm (this is the current width of all New Age Caravans with awnings re-tracted)