Category: Frequently Asked Questions

We hear a lot of questions from our customers across a broad range of topics, however the most commonly asked questions usually have a fairly simple answer.

Topics include:

Is my RV compliant?
What design considerations should I be mindful of?
How do I do A, B or C?
Where can I find product information and specifications?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned pro, it can be useful to have a resource that let’s you get answers fast. More detailed information on less frequently asked questions is included in other areas of the site as well, so make sure you use the search facility at the top of the page to get the information you need.

Assembling a composite panel kit to build a caravan shell

The order of installation of each panel may vary depending on your project type. It is important to attach the panel joiners correctly to each panel to ensure all components fit together properly. Work through each of the following steps of your project on paper first to ensure it will go together smoothly. Remember to follow these steps required in…

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…

What is so unique about DIY premium composite panels?

DIY has spent many years researching and testing composite panels to find the most suitable for the RV market in Australia. Composite panels come in many guises and there are pro's and con's with many - and all have a place in one industry or another. At DIY we put together a list of stringent criteria we need in our…

Handling and storing composite panels?

Our Composite Panels are 'made to order' and will still be curing when you receive them. There are a few important points to follow to ensure they remain in pristine condition when you have finally assembled your caravan. Handling Composite Panels should never be dragged on edge as delamination can occur due to excessive force tearing the laminate away from…

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…

What documents will I need to register my new Caravan when it’s complete?

DIY suggests you search the Roads Department in your State Government website as the requirements do vary between States. As a guide you may require: A VIN number. You will need to obtain a 17 digit VIN number from your local Roads Department when you start your project. LPG Certificate not more than 3 months old applicable in your State (if…

Does my DIY Caravan need to comply with any Regulations or Standards?

Yes. I have divided this into 3 areas – Road Regulations, Gas and Electrics. Road : 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 source of practical info for ‘Building a Small Trailer ‘ is called VSB1- short for Vehicle Standards…