Regular maintenance of your vehicle and trailer is essential for safe towing. Have them checked regularly to ensure they are in a safe and roadworthy condition. The trailer’s wheel bearings, suspension and brakes must all be in good working order and tyres must be properly inflated. It is a good idea to take some of the mass off your trailer’s springs and tyres if it is going to be stationary for an extended period of time.
Gas cylinders and LPG regulators should also be checked regularly by a qualified person.
For example, if left out in the open, your regulator may have been affected by water. If this is the case, it needs to be drained and cleaned thoroughly to prevent corrosion, which will prevent it from
Check that all hoses and pipes are securely connected and also check the date stamp on your cylinders, which must be regularly checked for service life expiry at a certified gas cylinder testing station.
It is illegal to fill cylinders which are beyond their service life.
Please Note: Make sure you do not obscure the number plate or any 12 volt lighting.
If attaching after-market items or options to the trailer; ensure that the trailer does not become overloaded or subsequently exceed any legal dimensions such as width and rear overhang.
The balance and tow-ability of the trailer can be adversely affected. In particular, driving stability may deteriorate and the chassis could be over-stressed by excess weight.
Added options may also change the dimensions of the trailer which may mean that:
i) It exceeds the overhang allowed past the rear axle;
ii) It exceeds the overall allowable length of the tow vehicle/trailer combination;
iii) It exceeds the allowable overall width of the trailer.
Modifications to your trailer should be carried out by appropriately qualified people, in accordance with Australian Design Rule regulations.
LOAD COVERING NUMBER PLATE
In this image you can see that the motorbike and bicycles added to the rear of the caravan are potentially causing several issues:
i) The number plate, reflectors and lights are potentially obstructed;
ii) Furthermore, these loads could be putting excessive stress on the rear bar and chassis;
iii) The rear overhang on this caravan may also be exceeding the maximum dimensions, as well as causing instability with the heavy loading at the rear.