Caravan and Chassis Inspections Identify Pending Disasters

Caravan and Chassis Inspections Identify Pending Disasters

Caravan and chassis inspections should be undertaken by your service mechanic at least yearly or certainly before big trips. Campers and in particular, caravans suffer wear and tear during every trip. The extent of the wear and tear is determined by the roads travelled. Corrugated roads being the worst offender for wear and tear on caravans. Heavier caravans suffer more damage to component parts than lighter caravans.

Towing a Balanced Caravan

Towing a Balanced Caravan

Towing a Balanced Caravan Towing a balanced caravan is a daunting task for new caravanners. It is hard to tow a caravan. We find a large number of caravanners have been advised to install load levelling devices. Load levellers or weight distribution hitches were...
What is my Wheel P.C.D.

What is my Wheel P.C.D.

“I have no idea what PCD is nor do I know how to calculate it?” is an answer we hear frequently from customers. Technically, Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD) is the diameter of the circle that passes through the centre of the wheel studs, wheel bolts or wheel rim holes.

How to measure Rim and Tyre Backspace

How to measure Rim and Tyre Backspace

Wheel backspace is an essential measurement for the manufacture of axle length. The first thing you need to do when building a new trailer is to buy your rims and types.

Alternatively, you could purchase your rims and tyres from us and we’ll do the calculation for you. One more complication, we need to know your chassis width.

Loose Axle U-bolts Cause Highway Havoc

Loose Axle U-bolts Cause Highway Havoc

Loose axle U-bolts causes highway havoc for unsuspecting caravaners. The reality of not checking your rig before heading on your family holiday can easily become a nightmare.

Today’s article has been generated from yet another unsuspecting driver who forgot to re-tighten u-bolts after the first 300 kilometres from new.

How to avoid a Towing Disaster

Towing your caravan is not as simple as you would think. Whilst enlarging your existing receiver bar from 22mm to 32mm might not seem a big deal, it will quickly become obvious a this is not a solution for towing your $80,000 rig.

Can Caravan Overlay Axles be inverted?

Can I invert my Caravans Overlay Axle? Bill asked me a great question on the Couplemate website yesterday. He asked “I want to invert my overlay axle, so my caravan gains extra height. Currently, it hits the top of the mudguard.” So Bill here is our...
Wrong Spring Hanger Location Causes Problems

Wrong Spring Hanger Location Causes Problems

First of all, go out and measure your hanger measurement and then measure your spring width eye to eye. If your brackets are the same length as you spring measurement then there is only ONE FIX. Are your springs squeaking as you travel down the highway?
This common problem has an easy fix that will surprise you.

Why Caravan Bearings and Boat Bearing Fail

Why Caravan Bearings and Boat Bearing Fail

Caravan and trailer bearings can be a contentious issue especially when they fail. Seeing a wheel off a caravan on my way home on Australia has triggered this article. I would appreciate it if you could share this with your mates as many folks forget to do bearing checks. Failed bearings can also cause a wheel to come off and roll into incoming traffic with really nasty outcomes.