Caravan Measurement

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:20
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Can anyone tell me how to measure a caravan correctly. Is it from the front of the hitch or more practically from the front wall to th back.
Also does anyone have a 2010 Pajero with brake controller, ours is being very problematic. cheers deon
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Reply By: Ross M - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:34

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:34
I think caravan makers vary the way they present the measurments, some body, size some overall, you just have to always ask what is what when enquiring.

What does your brake controller do?
Most work well and give little trouble.
Where is it mounted? On what? With what?

Is it a performance problem while operating.

Perhaps some more detailed observation would be good to enable a reply.

Ross M
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 13:14

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 13:14
About your brake controller...as Ross has said more info....like what brand. I have a Tekonsha Prodigy and works ok.
Caravan makers generally, I say generally, express length as outside of body end to end but as has been said a few measure inside walls end to end and I have seen but rarely overall, tow bar to back end of van. If booking into a caravan park they usually like to know overall from tow hitch to rearmost length.

Cheers
Pop
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Follow Up By: THEIRVINGS - Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 17:01

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 17:01
THANKS EVERYONE BUT AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE REPLIES I AM NO BETTER OFF WITH THE MEASUREMENT. I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT WHEN FITTING ACCESSORIES ETC THEN IT IS WALL TO WALL AND WHEN SHIPPING IT SEEMS TO BE REAR WALL TO TOWBAR. THIS IS ENOUGH INFO.
THE BRAKE CONTROLLER WAS FIXED TODAY APPARENTLY YOU HAVE TO BE VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT WHERE YOU HOOK UP TO THE BRAKE LEAD ON THIS PAJERO. AUTO ELECTRICIAN MISSED THAT MEMO BUT HAS FIXED IT NOW. BY THE WAY IT WAS A PRODIGY AND WORKS FINE. WE HAVE AN 18FOOT 2011 EXPANDA, FOUR KIDS AND THIS IS OUR FIRST FORAY INTO VANNING. COULD ANYONE SUGGEST A GOOD FOUR DAY GETAWAY FROM TWEED HEADS OVER EASTER.
CHEERS DEON
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 14:51

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 14:51
There is one other measurement that you may also need. If you are taking the van over to Tassie then you need it from the tip of the tow coupling to the rearmost point of the van.

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Follow Up By: Notso - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 14:51

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 14:51
PS a friend has a RedArc controller and it works fine.
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 18:57

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 18:57
Sorry, but not able to help you in the direct sense, however this site has a very well respected member who specialises in brake controllers. His knowledge on the subject over the past few years has been very helpful to me, & quite often I have had the need to refer via mm to his advise on the subject. He has often gladly offered me his assistance & once offered me a brand new one,free of charge mind you as he no he longer had a use for it.

I refer of course to member, Sir Kev & Darkie, who will hopefully view your query & respond & I'm sure he will point you in the right direction as he is a most helpful chap & is not biased on the many brands available nor in which state they are produced.

Good luck & safe travelling!!
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Reply By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 20:08

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 20:08
Not being an expert on vans etc. but you'd have to agree the most sensible measurement to give when asked the length of van would be the furthest points front and back.......
Whats the point of say `20ft' then having another 3ft of towbar. Generally the question is asked so as to determine a fit. Therefore extremities must be the way to go????
No doubt I'll have earned myself a slap from some of you, but its just my feeling.

Cheers
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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:08

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:08
Van manufacturers measure their vans differently.
Most still use inside cabin dimensions less any intrusion of a front boot.
Others such as Jayco use more user friendly option of quoting the exterior cabin dimesions.
Brake controllers come in vaious types fron the horrible to the fantastic.
The bare minimum I would consider is the Tekonsha primus IQ or the Hayman Reese Guardian IQ (A relabled Primus).
But for the best performance I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 or P3.
Cheers, ozjohn.
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Reply By: THEIRVINGS - Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 16:56

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 16:56
THANKS EVERYONE BUT AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE REPLIES I AM NO BETTER OFF WITH THE MEASUREMENT. I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT WHEN FITTING ACCESSORIES ETC THEN IT IS WALL TO WALL AND WHEN SHIPPING IT SEEMS TO BE REAR WALL TO TOWBAR. THIS IS ENOUGH INFO.
THE BRAKE CONTROLLER WAS FIXED TODAY APPARENTLY YOU HAVE TO BE VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT WHERE YOU HOOK UP TO THE BRAKE LEAD ON THIS PAJERO. AUTO ELECTRICIAN MISSED THAT MEMO BUT HAS FIXED IT NOW. BY THE WAY IT WAS A PRODIGY AND WORKS FINE. WE HAVE AN 18FOOT 2011 EXPANDA, FOUR KIDS AND THIS IS OUR FIRST FORAY INTO VANNING. COULD ANYONE SUGGEST A GOOD FOUR DAY GETAWAY FROM TWEED HEADS OVER EASTER.
CHEERS DEON
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Follow Up By: PeterInSa - Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 19:54

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 19:54
Deon,
Welcome to RV Touring/Vanning, when we were up your way late last year, we travelled in some High Country out from Mullwoolinbah or something like sound town, great views and from memory some free camping areas if you have a genie etc. Suggest you buy Camps 6 for the free camping sites.

Would also suggest you use lower case in your threads as some forum members consider using Upper case is similar to shouting ( and Not a beer at the bar type shout

Peter
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