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Which RV to buy?

Purchasing a RV is like buying a home, the choices are endless. There are many points to consider when making your choice but the most important is that you purchase your RV from a member of the RVMAA and carries the association "Seal of Approval". RV's come in all shapes and sizes with a host of different floor plans and a range of accessories that will make you comfortable in your home away from home.


Tent Trailers

The tent trailer is the most effective way to get into RVing. In there most basic format they comprise of a box trailer with a tent section that lifts out to make sleeping space. The trailer section can be used for storing cooking and sleeping items. Due to their size and weight they are easily towed more smaller vehicles. Tent trailers are also available in an off road version making them very adaptable for rugged terrain use. There are many tent trailer designs on the market catering for all purposes and budgets. Tent trailers also come in a fully equipped format such as camper trailers.

Camper Trailers

The camper trailer is a very economical and practical way to go caravanning. It is also extremely comfortable and convenient. Many people choose a camper trailer because it is a compact unit which tows smoothly behind almost any vehicle, is easy to handle, set up and doesn't take much space to store.

Children love camper trailers because there's a bit of magic about them. Within minutes they are transformed from a small unit on wheels to roomy holiday accommodation. There's surprisingly lots of room in a camper trailer, which is fully equipped with gas cooker, refrigerator, table and sink.

Pop Top Caravans

Pop-Top Caravans have all the features of a normal caravan and offer improved fuel economy. Their low profile can make them easier to tow and can reduce wind-drag while travelling; the are also easy to store in a garage or carport. When on-site, the top section is raised to provide full head-room.


There is no standard definition which adequately describes the many shapes and sizes and designs of today's caravans. Or the comfort. A caravan can be compact enough to be towed behind a small car, or it can be a luxurious palace-of-the-road.

You get what you want in a caravan. There are many different styles available, which can be anything from 3 metres to more than 10 metres long. Most are self-contained, which means they have many of the comforts of home, including shower and toilet, refrigerator, gas stove, microwave oven and more.

Slide On Campers

Slide on campers are designed to turn your everyday work ute into a RV. Designed to suit either flat tray utes or well bodied utes they come in many different sizes and configurations.

Slide on campers give the added benefit of still being able to tow while traveiling. They are very popular for those who are interested in towing motor bikes, horse floats, go-cart or racing car trailers.


Campervans are fitted out specially for camping. Often the roof is raised higher for easier standing and mobility, cupboards are installed along with a central table, seating and beds (additional bunks for children may also be a feature). Campervanscan accommodate a couple or a whole family comfortably. Standard equipment - as in all caravans - includes water-tank, stove and refrigerator.

A benefit of owning a campervan is flexibility for year-round use, doubling a a vehicle for normal, private transport while at home. As a result it does not create additional storage or parking problems.


Motorhomes are built on small and larger truck chassis and have the same features as caravans. Like caravans, they are made for year-round holidaying and have such facilities as toilets and showers and air conditioners, making them self-contained and extremely comfortable.

Motorhomes are easy to drive. One of their appealing features is that they can be used by the passengers while travelling. This is a real bonus for a family travelling long distances, when children often get bored and fidgety.

5th Wheelers

A 5th-wheeler is a hybrid between a motorhome and a caravan. The body extends over the tray of the tow vehicle, which might be a small utility, a larger tray truck, or even a prime-mover. 5th-wheelers come in a variety of sizes, and can offer the best of both worlds; they can be larger than caravans, although there are smaller compact ones available. When detached, they allow the tow-vehicle to be used for other purposes, and of course, driven through urban areas without having to tow the RV. A 5th-wheeler and tow-vehicle combination can offer substantially more living space than a caravan and tow-vehicle combination with the same footprint on the road, i.e. same overall length.

Inherently, 5th-wheelers provide better stability when travelling, by having the pivot (articulation) point over the rear axle of the tow-vehicle, rather than being at a large distance behind it, and are also easier to reverse. They are particularly suited for larger families, especially when the 5th-wheeler will be parked at the one spot for extended periods.