OWNERS who modify their caravans could invalidate their insurance, a
motoring club has warned.
"If you are in an accident, one of the first things an insurance company
will do is inspect the 'van for any modifications that could affect its
handling," the RACQ said.
"If the weight is above the ATM stamped on the compliance plate, they may
consider there are grounds for not paying out any insurance."
Changes such as adding gas bottles, a portable fridge, new water filter,
air-conditioner and solar panels often added weight to a caravan and could
create serious safety risks by affecting brakes, tyres and suspension.
"Responsible caravan owners will be aware there are legal steps to take to
register your caravan and have it declared roadworthy," the club said.
"Any modifications you make to your caravan have the potential to
undermine these initial assessments if they are not carried out with
The RACQ recommended that owners check with their caravan's manufacturer
or a structural engineer before carrying out any changes to their RV.