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Rex's Tips and Information

Rex's Tips and Information

Drinking Water Hose

RV Parts Express only stocks approved food grade drinking water hose. This hose is produced from a food grade polyethylene to comply with Australian Standards A.S. 2070-Part 1




    How to Measure Up For An ADCO Caravan Cover




    Sunscreen Information

    All Coast to Coast brand of sunscreens have been tested by ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency), see test results below:

  • Cover Factor: 91.0 +/- 2.5
  • UVR Block: 90.4% +/- 2.5%
  • Shade Factor: 86.6 +/- 2.9
  • Calculated Protection Factor: 11*
  • The Calculated Protection Factor is for the material only and does not account for the effect of indirect UVR when situated at a distance from the persons being protected.



    Safety Tips

  • Make sure your caravan is fitted with an approved smoke alarm and gas detector and it’s always a good idea to carry a first aid kit, fire blanket and fire extinguisher
  • When changing a caravan wheel make sure the jack is on firm flat ground and it’s also a good idea to put out warning cones or triangles and to wear a high-vis reflective safety vest. It’s a good idea to keep the van attached to the vehicle as this will keep it more stable
  • Ensure all gas equipment for your caravan is tested and in good working order
  • Gas cylinders on caravans should be external and secured with valves facing away from the van
  • Ensure that you turn off any pilot lights before towing your caravan or when the vehicles engine is running
  • Never leave cooking unattended



Before Travelling

Before Each Trip Check:
  • Vehicle and trailer are roadworthy
  • All tyres are properly inflated
  • Trailer wheel bearings, suspension and brakes work properly
  • All lights work and safety chains are properly connected
  • Oil, water, brake fluid, battery and other services checks on the vehicle
  • Check you have the correct jack and wheel brace to suit your caravan wheels also be aware of the correct jacking points



When Travelling

At Regular Intervals During The Trip Check:
  • Couplings, all doors, hatches, covers and any load or equipment are still properly secured
  • Tyres are still properly inflated and not rubbing on suspension or body work
  • If travelling to another state, check with the reverent roads authority whether there are different rules
  • It’s always best to plan ahead, keep a checklist handy of things to check at your next stop e.g. gas bottles, water tanks , food



Other Handy Tips

Make sure your caravan is fitted with an approved smoke alarm and gas detector and it’s always a good idea to carry a first aid kit, fire blanket and fire extinguisher. Click the links below for these products.

12V Gas Detector
Smoke Alarm
Fire Blanket



Level ramps are a quick and easy way to level your caravan or motorhome; most levels now are available with an optional chock to lock the wheel in for extra safety, beats carrying pieces of wood! Click the below links for examples.

Fiamma Level Pro
Fiamma Level Up Plus



When your van is being stored it’s always a good idea to clean and leave the fridge ajar to stop musty smells also flush and empty all water tanks and storage water heaters.Click on links below for cleaning products

Drinking Water Freshener
Tank Cleaner
Grey Water Deodoriser



Always carry a few spare sets of wheel bearings and make sure the spare tyre is in good condition and has the correct pressure. Click the link below to see bearing kits available

Bearing Kits and Hubs



It’s a good idea to use awning tie downs to prevent damage on days when there is light wind around also fit awning de flappers to stop that annoying flapping sound.

Awning Hold Down Straps
Pop Top Deflappers
Caravan Deflappers



When looking for annex floor matting try to get the breathable type that won’t kill the grass.Click the below link to see our range

Annex Floor Matting



Awning sunscreens are perfect for shading your van and they also offer extra privacy.Click the below link to see our range

Awning Sunscreens



Load equalisers help the vehicle retain normal suspension height and effective steering control they also transfer some of the weight from the towbar to the front and rear suspension of the vehicle.Click links below to see some of our range

2-4 Bar Equaliser Kits
EAZ Lift Towing Kits
Hayman- Reese Towing Kits



Only use approved one-piece 15amp power leads to connect the van to the electricity supply provided.Click link below for our sizes

15amp Power Leads



When changing a caravan wheel make sure the jack is on firm flat ground and it’s also a good idea to put out warning cones or triangles and to wear a high-vis reflective safety vest. It’s a good idea to keep the van attached to the vehicle as this will keep it more stable.Check you have the correct jack and wheel brace to suit your caravan also be aware of the correct jacking points.




Corner stabilisers are designed so that they stop the caravan from tipping as you move around inside your van. They should be lowered to a point where they touch the ground in a firm manner. Corner stabilisers are not jacks and should never be used even to take partial weight of the caravan. All corner stabilisers should be oiled and greased on a regular basis to ensure smooth operation.




Couplings should be checked regularly for any sign of loose bolts.




240V electrical wiring must only be altered or changed by a certified licensed electrician. Do not attempt any 240V wiring changes without consultation with an electrician.




Gas cylinders have a life span of 10 years after which time either have to be replaced with a new cylinder or certified and restamped by an authorised company to ensure that they are in a safe condition.





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