The Caravan & Motorhome Book


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The Caravan & Motorhome Book is an all-new replacement the Campervan & Motorhome Book (first published in 2002). It covers every conceivable aspect of camper trailer, caravan and fifth wheel caravan, campervan and motor home usage. Like all of Collyn Rivers’ books it is technically sound yet written in plain English.

It was initially conceived (over 50 years ago) during the author’s epic trans-Africa trip that included two Sahara crossings. It takes in experience gained during Collyn’s subsequent twelve return trips across the centre of Australia from Broome to the east coast and back (24 journeys – each of 7000 km plus) in his converted OKA ex-mining truck. He and his wife (Maarit) did three more (return) in their 4.2 litre Nissan Patrol and Tvan. The author’s caravanning experience includes towing a 40 year-old caravan from Helsinki (Finland) to 750 km north of the Arctic Circle.

The authenticity of Collyn River’s books are assisted by he originally being a motor industry applied research engineer. He later switched careers in mid-life to become a technical author and publisher (bio). His books now sell globally.

The Caravan & Motorhome Book’s 42 chapters include:

  • The early years.
  • What can go where
  • Trailer or motor home?
  • Requirements in common
  • Camper trailers
  • Slide-ons
  • Caravans
  • Fifth-wheel caravans
  • Campervans & motor homes
  • Campervans & motor homes (off-road)
  • Building your own
  • Tyres
  • Lighting
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Toilets & showers
  • Space & water heating
  • Refrigerators
  • Television
  • Communications
  • Away from mains power
  • Batteries and charging
  • Solar basics
  • Solar specifics
  • Mains power
  • Inverters
  • Preparing for trip
  • Common problems
  • Television
  • Preparing for the trip
  • Outback travelling
  • Keeping safe
  • Cyclones (how to cope)
  • Keeping well
  • What it costs
  • Keeping well
  • Where to stay
  • What it costs etc
  • Legal issues
  • Likely needs and weights
  • About us and our vehicles
  • Contacts & links