For Important information about towing rules and vehicle / trailer selection, visit our Towing section.
Tow vehicle and trailer weights and specifications must not be exceeded. Failure to abide by the towing regulations, including maximum loads, may result in a fine, or in the case of an accident, refusal of the insurance claim, and the possibility of further legal action.
Additionally, where the tow vehicle’s or trailer’s maximum load is exceeded, police and transport authorities have the power to order the combination off the road until the issue is corrected. This may necessitate leaving the trailer on the side of the road while a vehicle with suitable towing capacity is sourced or the trailer load is reduced.
Further information and training is available through RACQ Driver Training Towing and Caravan Workshops.
Information on loading up, levelling, hitching up and checks for your caravan.
Towing a caravan isn’t really that difficult but it does require a great deal more care. Remember, that by the simple act of coupling up your caravan, your vehicle has become much heavier, wider, longer and taller. It will be harder to move and very much harder to stop, so don’t forget to allow extra time and space for all manoeuvres, including overtaking.
The art of reversing a trailer is one aspect of caravanning that many find people difficult. However it’s an important skill, and is better learnt at leisure rather than under stress of trying to place a caravan in a parking spot. So it’s a good idea to practice reversing in a clear open space before starting a journey.