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This is part of a series of articles on building or rebuilding a caravan. You can find the whole series here: Ever Wanted To Build or Rebuild a Caravan?
The surprising thing here is that anyone can build a caravan, legally, without any qualifications. Sounds strange but it's true.
What you will need to do though is follow some rules, or you will never get it registered, and you will never get effective insurance.
The insurance bit is important to know up front. The insurance company will accept your premium no questions, but if there is a claim - that's when they check your project ticks all the regulations.
Strangely you do not need an engineer certificate for the chassis or the completed caravan. This doesn't mean you can just slap something together and get it registered.
There are trailer building guidelines (a caravan is considered a trailer) that you can download free from the internet from the state or national body. These specify maximum dimensions, overhangs, position of external lights etc.
These rules are checked when you get your caravan registered for the first time.
During the registration process you will be issued a VIN number. This will also record the ATM, GVM and Tare weight. You will need to add this plate in a secure location with non-removable fasteners.
In addition, for your first registration you will need a 'Gas Compliance Plate' attached to the front of the caravan. On the A-frame or in the front boot. This is issued by a registered gas fitter, and confirms that the gas installation conforms to the national rules.
This is officially a large set of rules, with amendments on amendments and is best left to a gas fitter. However we have already created an article that puts in plain English and covers 99% of relevant circumstances for caravan builders. This is very useful in the design stage, as you don't want to plan on something only to have it disallowed later.
While each gas fitter may be less or more flexible, on any caravans I've built over the years, I have followed the process below:
I have worked like an apprentice would have. This may not be possible with all gas fitters, and they may insist on doing all the work.
In either case, we are able to supply all components at a very competitive price, and we carry the range in stock, at all times.
For registration they do NOT require certification.
However this does not take away your responsibility to have the 240v installation carried out be a licensed electrician. There is actually a surprisingly small amount of 240v in a caravan.
We do have a guide that covers traditional 240v installations, however it is only partially relevant for new installations. New installations have only 12v lights
We even have a plug and connect 240volt power solution that makes even less work for an electrician.
While this is covered in the Trailer Design rules, it is pointed out separately here to bring to your attention that States differ in their requirements.
Previously (2007 -2016) it was mandatory in NSW to have a remote monitor for the Breakaway System. Now the remote monitor is only a recommendation by Transport NSW.
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