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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)

Gold Coast Big Boys Toys Expo

Big Boys Toys Expo is coming for round TWO and it’s gonna be a KNOCK OUT! With this fantastic new outdoor location at Metricon BigBoysToys can REV, ROAR, and can add in the ACTION – which is exactly what they have been working on, including a 4 x 4 ACTION ARENA, Drone Course/ ATV Course, Hot Rods, V8s and Super Boats. See you there! New Age caravans will be featuring all of our latest models, caravans, pop-tops and the brand new camper designed by Walkinshaw racing. For further information:

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Cleveland Caravan Expo

See you there! We will be featuring all of our latest models, caravans, pop-tops and campers. For further information or to order tickets head to here

Gold Coast Caravan and Outdoor Expo

1-3 March. Metricon Stadium, Carrara, QLD

See you there! We will be featuring all of our latest models, caravans, pop-tops and the limited 2019 release Manta Ray – the “LE Limited Edition”! For further information or to book your free entry and breakfast

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Gold Coast Caravan and Outdoor Expo

1-3 March. Metricon Stadium, Carrara, QLD

See you there at this huge expo for SEQ! We will be featuring all of our latest models, caravans, pop-tops and the limited 2019 release Manta Ray – the “LE Limited Edition”! For further information or to book your free entry and breakfast fill out the entry form below:

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Hot Summer VIP Night

Friday 8th February 6pm-9pm 51 Casua Drive, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227

New Age Caravans Gold Coast would like to extend an invite for you and your friends and family to attend our Exclusive One Night Only Hot Summer VIP Night. Featuring, drinks, nibbles and Guest Speakers from Finally Going 4WD. All guests go into the draw to win one of 5 Hot Summer Pack Items including a Portable Fridge, Solar, Generator, BBQ and Paddle Board with Prizes announced that night. A wonderful atmosphere is expected and we would love to see you there.

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Hot Summer Sale

Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th February 9am-5pm 51 Casua Drive, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227

New Age Caravans Gold Coast are holding a 3 day only Hot Summer Sale. All new caravan purchases score a Hot Summer Pack worth thousands including a Portable Fridge, Solar, Generator, Camp chairs, BBQ and Paddle Board with Prizes announced that night. It’s never been a better time to secure your New Age caravan today.

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Brisbane Pre Christmas Caravan and Camping Sale

25-28 October. Brisbane Showgrounds. 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, QLD

See you there! We will be featuring all of our latest models, caravans, pop-tops and the latest Walkinshaw designed “Wayfinder” camper. For further information or to book your free entry and breakfast click here

Clever Caravan Storage Ideas

While caravanning and camping remains a quintessential Australian holiday, one of the biggest issues for holiday makers is organisation and utilising their limited space to its maximum capacity.

To tackle the problem head on, Howards Expert Organiser, Cathy Player, does a storage case study in a new New Age caravan (New Age Manta Ray 18), with a range of Howards organising essentials.

This is the New Age Manta Ray 18; it’s one of New Age’s biggest sellers, a perfect touring van for couples. It is ideal for the couple going off on a big trip and has all the luxuries the holiday makers expect.

“When it comes to what needs to be considered in a caravan, the most important thing is to prevent movement for items like glasses, eggs, plates; you need a place for everything and everything in its place. Organisation and accessibility is also really important; when you haven’t got endless storage you need to be able to use and access everything you’ve got.”

Cathy explains, “From a storage point of view, I always recommend putting your things in well organised, labelled groups. The strategy in a small space is to make the most of every single space opportunity.”

The Kitchen

Cathy continues, “When you’re dealing with deep drawers it’s easy to lose things at the back of them, so I had to look for solutions that were very contained, that wouldn’t rattle around when you’re travelling and that could be easily pulled out so you can get to items at the back, that way you’re using all your available space. I placed glasses in one of the drawers and to prevent them from knocking over easily my solution was a Non Slip Mat and Fifi Drawer Dividers.”

“Some of the other key organisers used within the kitchen are the Mimi Separators Wide and Narrow because they’re very high, light and narrow. The Aamina Organisers are also excellent because they’ve got lids; they’re food safe and stackable. By using clever organisers, we’ve used every square centimeter.”

Using the full depth of the shelf can be an even greater challenge on lower shelves. Cathy found a great quality solution usually specified in higher end kitchens – but also ideal for the caravan. It’s the  simplehuman Pull Out Organiser  and it’s available in 3 different sizes. They are constructed from stainless steel and have ball bearing runners that can be fixed to the shelf. Cathy says “These are a joy to use and remarkably space efficient. They are also very simple to install with the supplied screws”.

The Fridge

“Marie Fridge Baskets were the perfect choice for the fridge, keeping everything nicely contained. We also used a selection of VacSeal food containers that will keep food fresh longer.”

The Pantry

The cupboards above the fridge are nice and deep, so I chose to make that the pantry and used good quality Oxo Pop Containers. They have a square design so they stack, are made of acrylic so they’re not going to break like glass, have really good capacity and are an efficient container for using your space well.”

i-hooks

“One range of products I was really impressed with when we were doing this makeover in the caravan were the i-hooks,” says Cathy.

“They’re a new generation of suction storage and have a unique patented nano-suction system that binds to any smooth sealed surface. They are heat, water, sun and cold resistant and can be re-positioned hundreds of times.”

“There are lots of variations in the range so there’s lots of choice; and it’s the whole idea of being able to move it around so you’re not fixed with a solution. Throughout the van we’ve used the i-hooks in various places; in the bathroom, over the sink.  I created a charger station and used an i-hook rack in the living room for things you use most like insect repellent and sunscreen; there’s also a broom hook at the front door to keep things nice and tidy.”

“i-hooks are perfect for caravans as you don’t need to drill through the walls of your van so they won’t compromise the finish or void your caravan warranty.”

The Bedroom

“In the bedroom area to maximise storage under the bed by including some stacking under-bed boxes. Plus I’ve even been able to fit a Tabletop Ironing Board in there as it folds flat. We’ve used Flocked Hangers in the wardrobe for storing clothes because they’re space saving and non-slip.”

The Tunnel Boot

One last area within the caravan that’s essential for happy travels is somewhere to put all the boxes, ropes, fishing gear, your laundry needs and your poles.

We used the Capri Airer because it is lightweight and narrow. The Jaclyn Collapsible Box is really handy together with the Cesto Basket which can be used for laundry, shopping or the beach. Other essentials for a relaxing holiday is the Pop Up Hamper which folds flat, and the Portable Clothes Dryer which is perfect for hanging over the arm of your awning to dry small items!

How to Solve your Caravan Storage Dilemma

To get these results, the fastest way is to take some photos and dimensions of your space. Have a look online or visit our instore experts (with measurements in hand!). Once you know roughly the space you’re dealing with you’re on your way to creating a really great solution.

When it comes to the “do’s and dont’s” of caravanning  “Don’t over fill your van and be conscious of your weight limit and payload. People often look at what they’ve got at home and think they’ve got to take it all. You need to be quite vigilant when you’re looking at something to take; ask yourself: “am I definitely going to use it,” and if you’re not 100% sure, don’t take it because the chances are you won’t need it. Don’t over complicate things with taking too much stuff would be the biggest “don’t”. He continues, “DO remember that you’re there to have fun and enjoy yourself; and being well organised can really help.”

So when you’re ready to go on your big trip, what essential items are required on any caravanning adventure? “I’m tempted to say a corkscrew but wine is mostly screw top these days! Don’t forget to have everything safely contained and organised and you’ll be set for a great holiday.

Care for your Caravan Water Tanks

Our first question is, how often do you use your caravan? The chlorine in normal tap water will kill off most bugs. So if you are regularly filling up your tank from tap and driving around (which will dislodge and treat nasties) your tank will be effectively self-cleaning and require no further care. But, left to their own devices, a lack of use of your RV will allow bacteria to grow in your tanks if sitting unused.

If you only use your caravan during the caravan season (school holidays, for example) store her with tanks bone dry, clean the tank and treat the first fill of water before use.

That said, you can never certify your tank is actually completely full or dry so a good water treatment regimen for your tank will help prevent nasties. There are tank sanitiser products out there to clean your tank but simply using lemon juice flush is our organic and natural cleaning tip.