Q11. Registering an 1988 or OLDER Caravan or Camper Trailer?
Check all the Gas appliances actually work .Gas compliance can be costly if the system has been modified or renewed by a NON GAS tradesperson. If the appliances look newer than the rest of the Caravan it MUST have GAS Approval paperwork or Gas compliance plate for the installers work from a Professional Licenced GAS FITTER only!
You will need to have a recent weigh bridge certificate these are available from a Public weigh bridge stating the TARE WEIGHT ,even if you have a QLD rego certificate it is advisable to know what the caravan weighs now as it may have been incorrectly logged on the old forms or modifications/additional equipment may have changed the weight. Make sure the brake lights, Indicators, tail lights, number plate and side marker lights are all working. Check the tyres for good tread depth and look for small cracking in the rubber compound indicating old rubber, if there are cracks the tyres must be replaced. Check the colour of the lenses it must be strong and not show pale or white light, they must also be free of cracks and other damage. Make sure to clean and repack the wheel bearings these are the first item that will give you trouble on its first trip out, ensure all the brakes have been serviced and work well, Get under the van and look closely for rust in the chassis, if you find rust have it professionally repaired. Replace the leaf springs and renew the suspension mounting bush's. make sure the safety chains are welded to the chassis and the chain links have no damage.