There are many caravan manufacturers throughout Australia
; however, there are only a handful of manufacturers that actually warrant their caravan for proper off-road use. If you are after a true off-road caravan, then by all means – go the whole hog and make sure you understand everything in the manufacturers’ warranty.
Off-road caravans are built tough for the bumps and knocks that it may be subjected to on or off the tracks. The chassis is usually built to fine specifications, with interlocking components that are designed to be light, whilst providing maximum strength. All steel components that will be subject to the elements are usually hot dipped galvanised to prevent corrosion such as rust. Depending on the caravan manufacturer, some off-road caravans will have strong framework built from timber, whilst others may have framework built from galvanised steel or aluminium. To better handle the bumps and dips on or off the track, a heavy duty suspension
system is often used and the clearance from the ground to the bottom of the caravan is increased. To compensate this extra height, 15 inch alloy wheels and specific off-road tyres may be included. It’s common to find some form of stone protection such as chequer plate on the underside, front and lower sides of the caravan itself.
Some other things you should expect with any off-road caravan are spare items, such as: spare wheels, extra gas and jerry can holders and additional water tanks
. Any energy-efficient features like: additional solar panels and batteries, LED down lights and strip lighting, low-powered pumps and diesel powered water heaters will be an absolute bonus, especially for outback travel.