Here are some caravan towing tips:

  • Before going on a long trip, practise towing on shorter trips.
  • Towing decreases acceleration and braking ability. Be aware of this especially when approaching corners.
  • Leave more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front, and allow extra time and space if you are turning into traffic.
  • Reversing with a caravan is difficult, so practise reversing in a safe environment with someone to guide you. Where possible drive forward out from a parking spot.
  • Make sure load distributing hitches are set up properly and the caravan is loaded correctly. This will reduce the chance of the caravan swaying.
  • Be careful driving in poor conditions or in high winds. There is more chance of swaying in high winds or when passing larger vehicles.
  • Keep left to give overtaking vehicles room to pass and where possible, pull over to allow vehicles following to overtake.
  • When you are overtaking, allow more time and distance and make sure you are well past the vehicle before moving back into the lane.
  • Plan plenty of rest stops to avoid the onset of tiredness.
  • shackles that are rated and compliant with Australian Standard AS 2741 “Shackles” or other equivalent recognised standards AND the break load limit of the shackle is rated at least 1.5 times greater than the Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of the trailer.