Category: Compliance Information

Regulations are in place for the protection of ourselves, other members of the public and property.

DIY Compliance Info is not an exhaustive record but a summary of the more important areas you SHOULD understand and adhere to if they are relevant to your project. And don’t expect Compliance to be logical – as although Australian Standards and Australian Design Rules are Federal, there are also many examples where individual States have their own Regulations.

DIY Caravans is a member of the Caravan and Trade Industry Association of Queensland, and can offer DIY customers guidance from the Association on compliance matters if you have any specific queries.

Building a compliant DIY project has a number of benefits:

  • You can enjoy it safely with your friends and family
  • Any breakdowns or failures are much less likely
  • Certification by a local engineer is likely to enhance it’s value
  • Having a road worthy done will be a breeze

By drawing on our many years of manufacturing experience, DIY provides summary information that will take you to the appropriate website or organisation to find out all you need to know.  In the Caravan Industry the most relevant areas to understand are:

  • Building a small trailer for use on the highway
  • Towing weights – understanding the terms used and what weight you can tow
  • Gas installations
  • 240 volt installations
  • Safe towing on the road

We address all of these areas in detail right here, so use the search facility at the top of the page or browse the archives below to find the information you’re after.

Safe towing on the road

For many people not used to towing a trailer, it can be rather daunting to contemplate towing your caravan for the first time. The Caravan Associations across Australia have produced a free Towing Guide with many practical tips on how to tow safely. Click here to view on-line the Towing Guide In addition most State road departments have their own…

Compliance of 240v installations in caravans

Appliances such as air-conditioning units, microwaves and washing machines generally need a 240 volt electric supply. The relevant Australian Standard is AS/NZS 3000 and 3001 which applies to 'transportable vehicles and structures'. 240 volt electrics must only be worked on and certified by a licensed electrician. Caravan 240 volt installations are different to those found in a house in a…

Gas Installations – Compliance in Caravans and RVs

Gas Certification If your caravan or RV is to have ANY LP Gas appliances installed, you are required to have a Gas System Compliance Certificate issued by the holder of an LP Gas Licence. This certificate is also required in order to register the vehicle. The Australian Standard for LP Gas installation is AS5601 and the detail of this Standard…

Compliance rules for small trailers used on the highway

For customers new to the industry building a caravan for use on the roads can be daunting. How do you find out what is required in so far as road rules are concerned? There is a system of National Standards for vehicles know as ADRs (Australian Design Rules) in addition to a large number of Australian Standards. However the best…

What is the rule regarding registration plate height?

  With many caravans now having extra spare wheels, bike racks etc added to the rear of the van, they often have the registration plate installed too high.   ADR 61/02 Vehicle Markings, Section 9.1.1.1. states: “provision must be made for mounting a registration plate to be affixed to the rear of the vehicle so that no part of such…

What size of caravan or trailer can I tow behind my vehicle?

    Your vehicle has a 'Trailer Towing Capacity' (Kgs) and you will be able to find it either on the vehicle plate (may be located inside one of the doors) on in the owner's manual. The towing capacity (in kgs) is the maximum loaded mass of the caravan or trailer you can legally tow. In addition your vehicle's towbar…

What do all the weight terms mean such as GVM & ATM?

To understand what size of caravan you can tow with your tow vehicle it is important to understand the meanings of the terminology used. The following terms are the most common used when discussing towing possibilities and weight ratings related to small trailers. These are the official ADR definitions: AGGREGATE TRAILER MASS (ATM) – the total mass of the laden…

What is the NSW requirement for trailer break-away systems?

The NSW RTA has specific requirements for the break-away brake systems on caravan and trailers with a GTM rating over 2.0 tonne. Vehicle Inspectors Bulletin No 06 details the provision of a device to inform the driver (while in the normal seating position) of the charge-condition of the battery in the caravan/trailer, so as to provide a warning if the…