CARAVANNING Queensland's free safety checks for caravans and other RVs
are proving extremely popular.
The state's peak caravanning body has now checked more than 500 RVs in
conjunction with the Queensland Transport and Main Roads Department and Queensland
"We do this as a community service and people really appreciate it," chief
executive Ron Chapman told Caravanning News.
"It's one of the best things we have ever done.
"There's absolutely no commercial advantage for us because it's a totally
More than 30 RV owners took advantage of the recent session of
comprehensive vehicle inspections at
Bundaberg during which RVs were weighed and measured, gas connections
checked and experts handed out advice on safety.
"They had nothing to fear ... no breach orders were being issued," Mr
"The gas inspectors are here in an advisory capacity. They have found issues
but none serious. People can now go and get these fixed."
Mr Chapman said the biggest single problem involved people buying second
hand caravans, particularly privately, and not understanding that the
previous owner could have fitted accessories.
'ATM almost reached
before they even started putting things
in it themselves'
"The caravan's ATM could almost have been reached before they even started putting things
in it themselves," he said.
"The worse case we ever struck was in Brisbane where a caravan was 550kg
overweight because things such as solar panels and batteries had been
fitted by its owner before being sold."
Most people were surprised and didn't realise how much accessories added
to the ATM.
"And of course being overweight means they are breaking the law," Mr
People arrived from far and near to have their rigs checked at
Bundaberg's TMR Inspection Station in Production Street.
Tasmanians Joe Poupe and wife Jill (pictured below) interrupted their
round-Australia travels to have their rig inspected.
"What a great service," they said.
"We saw it on Facebook and thought it was worth having the Crusader
Their only problem related to electric cables being too near to gas
fitments on the A-frame ... a simple matter to fix.
Keen caravanner and former truckie Ken Thompson and wife Karen (pictured
below) described the service as "magic".
"It's a great idea because we can all learn something from them," they
Meanwhile, Jason Hunt and son Hayden (pictured below) loaded their Jayco
Expanda and filled its water tanks to simulate normal travel mode.
"We were surprised to learn we were 40kg overweight," they said.
Caravanning Queensland has planned future safety checks for Brisbane,
Townsville, Mackay, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone and
For more information,
Caravans line up for their
|Jason Hunt and son Hayden with compliance
officer Michael Ross
Compliance officers prepare
to check another rig
Tony Norman chats with senior
transport inspector Ian Bonnor
Ex-truckie Ken Thompson with
Gas inspector chats with
Tasmanians Joe and Jill Poupe