So, what speed should caravanners be travelling on the open road?

Published: September 1, 2023

One of the biggest driving-related complaints that grey nomads have is that they often feel pressured by other motorists to go faster than they feel comfortable with.

Conversely, one of the biggest complaints that other motorists have about grey nomads is that they often travel too slowly and ‘hold traffic up’. In a country where the roads aren’t perfect and overtaking isn’t always easy, it’s a potential recipe for disaster.

So, what’s right and what’s wrong?

There is no specific road rule that deals with how much below an advertised speed limit a driver can travel. However, a road rule relating to someone unreasonably obstructing the path of another driver has penalties for ‘driving abnormally slow in the circumstances’.

An example provided in the Road Safety Road Rules is driving 20km/h along a stretch of road with a speed limit of 80 km/h when there is no reason to do so.

A spokesperson for SA’s Department for Infrastructure and Transport said drivers towing a caravan must obey the speed limit applying to the road and must drive with due care and consideration of other road users.

“The driver must be in control of the caravan at all times and should travel at a safe speed that allows them to control the caravan should they need to suddenly apply the brakes, or if there is a strong cross wind or uneven road surfaces,” they said.

NSW Police says if a caravanner is travelling below the posted speed limit on a length of road in optimal conditions and they have a line of traffic built up behind them, ‘it would be appropriate for the driver to pull over at a safe and suitable location to let the traffic behind them pass’.

But what if there is no safe place to pull over and the grey nomad is being ‘tailgated’?

ACT Policing said it always encourages drivers to drive within their comfort limits.

“Drivers should always prioritise safety even where ‘pressured’ by other drivers,” a spokesperson said.

Victoria’s Department of Transport agreed.

“To keep our roads safe, we encourage everyone to drive to the conditions and that includes driving at slower speeds where required,” a spokesperson said. “Speed limits indicate the maximum speed allowed – not the speed that should necessarily be travelled – and people should not feel pressured by other drivers to speed up.”

So, what about the other motorists who might be ‘pressuring’ grey nomads to go faster.

A Queensland Transport and Main Roads Department spokesperson said tailgating was a ‘serious issue’.

The state’s road rules state a motorist must drive a sufficient distance behind a vehicle travelling in front so the driver can, if necessary, stop safely to avoid a collision. The current fine in Queensland is $361.

Last year in Queensland, a total of 1,307 motorists were fined for the offence of failing to drive a sufficient distance behind a vehicle. For context, there were just 118 people fined in Queensland last year for ‘unreasonably obstructing drivers or pedestrians’, the offence under which driving too slowly might fall.

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The time difference between 100 kph and 80kph is only 9 seconds per kilometre. Even if someone is stuck behind you for 10 ks, it has only delayed them one and a half minutes.

True, but when you have a daily commute of 50km’s one way, and you’re stuck behind a different slow caravan (or any other slow drive for that matter) each day, twice a day. All of a sudden your losing hours that could be much better spent at work or at home.

With that logic, you might as well do 60 kph right?

Last edited 5 months ago by Trolla

and every 100 kilometers I could be 20 kilometers further into my journey. So if I am driving for 10 hours I could be 200 kilometers further along.

Good point Peter, maybe we should have a sign made up so people don’t become frustrated and take undue risks

Please show the calculation I get 3 minutes per kilometre?

‘Only 9 seconds per kilometre’ you say, but you seem not to realise that if a long-distance truckie is stuck behind you and increasing his work time by 20% to cover a set distance he is likely to ‘run out of hours’ and be forced to stop somewhere short of his destination.
Keep up with the traffic flow or get out of the way. He’s working, you’re toodling around the countryside, presumably on holiday.

Driving at 80 where conditions permit a speed of 90 – 95 is somewhat selfish. Looking in a rear view mirror with 10 vehicles behind in a conga line only creates frustration & yes, possible silly manouvres.

As a interstate truck driver, my biggest complaint are Caravans that do not do the speed limit. Caravans that speed up as trucks try to pass them and carvans that park in truck parking area.
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Thata fine If time is no issue. If your out there working with a log book we’re even a minute passed your 14 hours cost you $6,500 it really is worth it

And every 10kms the line of vehicles grows longer while you amuse your self by doing sums in your head

Not your choice, but hey youve become the new self entitled that we despise in the younger generation. Maybe that os where they get it from. Just saying

Not sure about your math but if your stuck behind some who is doing 80 in a 100 zone for half an hour that’s 10km good luck doing that in a minute and a half

So stuff anyone behind you not on holidays? Great.

We don’t let others influence what speed we travel. We do have and use a UHF to let trucks know when to pass and we drop our speed to ket them pass safely. With the review camera on the van we can monitor others behind us and when safe for someone to overtake we move as far left of the lane so they can see past. Comes down to general courtesy on the roads. Anyone towing should have a UHF fitted and use it!

Good to see that at least someone understands the challenges that truckies face when coping with terrorists (tourists) towing vans!
However, DO NOT slow down until the truckie has started the overtaking manoevre. EVER. Just watch your mirrors or camera, and when we move to the right, THEN you can slow down if you wish.
Trucks cannot accelerate quickly and may take several kilometres to reach their cruising speed if they’ve been forced to slow down behind you.
Momentum is our friend.
But thanks for your input, particularly encouraging the use of a UHF.

I am an interstate truck driver and I tow a camper trailer on holidays. As a caravan tower, we should all have UHF radio’s and use them. And as a truck driver that communication is what will make all the difference between a rational driver and an irate one. So good on you for doing the right thing, and encourage others to do the same. Safe travels.

Is it not illegal to use a UHF while driving? Same handset action as a phone

No., it is not illegal to use a UHF while driving.

No it’s not.

Agree totally

I wish there were more people like you on country roads!

I do the same thing and wherever possible pull off and let the traffic go.we never have a build up for more than 10 minutes.

As a 71 year old who tows a 20ft caravan, I try to maintain the same speed as the trucks and have no pressure to go faster. I think caravaners should pass a test of skills and if not capable of confident of maintaining a speed close to the limit, should consider a different holiday

As a 65year old that has been towing caravans since 1980 and driven many 100K kms on and off road for a living with 4×4, trucks and caravans i feel I have a good grip on what is safe and an appropriate way to travel towing a caravan (big trailler). The caravan industry has done many things to try and make these big trailers appear to be safe at 100km by moving wheels further towards the rear of caravans, better breaking and sway controlls however the basic issues still remains, you are trying to drag a heavy box at speed that is extremely sensitive to changes in wind speed and direction, is heavy and with full size caravans is top heavy with suspension that generally doesn’t control body roll very well, towed by vehicles that are a compromise at best as they are primarily designed for creature comfort or other purposes like offroad driving.
This all adds up to, while it may feel ok under certain conditions to travel at 100km/hr that is a false sense of safety because at any instant any single factor or multiple factors can and do change which greatly affect the stability and safety of the whole towing rig, the push of wind as a truck passes, a gust of wind from the side just as you are decending a hill and hit a rut or pothole in the bitumen, throw in a tire that may be under inflated or loosing air or the caravan breaks that are not working well because of big hill you have decended burning away the lining so the breaks are now out of zdjustment or full of dust from the road you have been on or the stone that flicked up 10min ago damaging wiring.
These caravan are built as a recreational holiday vehicle and should be driven that way, slow down enjoy the ride and the view, stay well below the maximum safe speed so when some of the problems mentioned above happen as they do, you will safely handle the conditions.
I my experience I have found that if you travel approx 10km/hr under the speed limit and never any more the 95km/hr you will be much safer and happier on you journey. Ignor those hell bent on getting from point A to B in as short a time as possible, and the trucks well they are a whole topic by themselves, so you do what is safe for you and they will do what they want regardless of how unsafe it is to you.

I am also 71 and Retired have been since 2019 previous to that 40 years in the transport industry and I don’t think that Caravan should be instructed to do 100. I think that is too fast I think 85 to 90 awesome we have a caravan 23 foot and an Isuzu NPR 300 so we’re not light, but I don’t want to travel at 100 km per year

Good suggestion about caravanners having to “pass a test of skills”, but unlikely to EVER be introduced. Too politically dangerous because many drivers would fail the test and take it out on the ‘Gummint’ for taking away their ‘right’ to be a mobile road-block.

Good on you Spackman for doing that. If the big ones are going a bit faster than you want to I normally speed up so they can keep momentum, communicate on the UHF with them and get them around when it’s safe then start cruising again on my prefered speed. Job get done safely and everyone is happy. I am a truck driver as well as a caravanning so I see it from both worlds. Safe travels.

Totally agree with you on this one. Going to slow causes accidents with impatient drivers. Vehicles these days are well and truly capable of doing the speed limit with a 3t caravan on the back.

agree with you

Well uwould Have no Problem because Most of the Trucks R just as Fast as the Cars

If you are driving at the speed limit you are also holding traffic up how do trucks pass you, being 71 does not make you a good driver common sense does

Last edited 5 months ago by Phillip

Exactly

Amen to that!

I agree, there are a lot of people who really shouldn’t have a license, let alone being allowed to tow a caravan. DONT BE A MENACE AND BLOCK TRAFFIC!!! Get the right size car for the right size caravan. And if you can’t stick to these common sense rules don’t come to north QLD ok VIC!!! It’s easy mate

I like to drive about 90 kph on the open road when towing my caravan but will speed up if safe or pull over to prevent a build up of traffic behind me one of my biggest anoyances are the ones doing 80 but speed up when there is room to overtake.

Many cars & cars with vans speed up when it’s a straight road which makes it very difficult to time the passing safely.

Caravanners travelling at 80kmh until there is room to overtake, and then speeding up is my pet hate as a truckie. I have personally witnessed a couple of such incidents where the truckie eventually got alongside the caravan with a sad outcome for the caravanner. Truckie 1, caravanner Nil.

That is the biggest peeve for us truck drivers. In a perfect world the slow ones would use the UHF then stay at the same speed when a truck or any other vehicle wants to pass. I have had instances like I’m sure you have when I’ve tried to overtake another Vanderbilt and they have done exactly what annoys you the most. I am a vanner as well.
All the best.

Yep, same here Malcolm, underpowered oversized rigs are a menace, but so are “overpowered” rigs, travelling above the speed limit, scaring the “bejesus” out of road users. Everyone needs to remember it is a speed limit and that means the maximum allowed speed on that road. Sorry but I disagree, it is not a RECOMMENDED speed limit Neil! I know we all question certain stated limits which seem too low, but that’s the law.
We have all seen the tragic effects of excessive speed, especially when towing.
Once the rig looses stability, it all over red rover. Spring bars or the equivalent should be mandatory on all tandem rigs.

What I find when travelling the roads between Gympie and Rainbow Beach in Queensland (the road is norrow, hilly and rough) that people towing large vans behind underpowered vehicles are travelling upto 30km/h below the speed limit, but are speeding up on long straights. Overseas visitors in motor homes are also travelling well below the recommended speed limit. I think if you have a van you must have a vehicle capable of towing it at the recommended speed limit.

Neil I can sympathise. But in saying what you have said they’re legal. If the roads are shit you have to slow down. UHF a must in YHF49.

Neil to travel at the posted speed limit is one thing to travel safely at the posted speed limit whilst towing is dependent on road conditions, visibility trailer/caravan reactions etc to name a few I think we need to encourage all drivers to drive in a safe manner at all times whilst towing or following and overtaking after all the chances of a person dying on our roadways is to high.

Couldn’t agree more, i drove from Cairns to Brisbane and it was amazing the amount of times we were stick behind a caravan doing 20-30kms under the speed limit.Very annoying

The only ‘recommended’ speed limits are for bends. The other limits are the maximum speed you can travel if it is safe to do so. I’m sure you would not want a 2meter plus van or motorhome reliigiously attempting to match the maximum allowable speed thereby spraying following traffic with gravel and stones. Just because its states 100kph doesnt always mean you should be travelling at that speed.

My current situation, has nothing to do with vans or cars, but I am running a new motorbike, and for the first 500km, I cannot go over 60km perhour, and after that first service at 500km, cannot go over 80km for the next 2000km. I wonder where I stand with the police, like it is not very safe to move off the road, unless their is a proper area to do so.

Not sure who gave you that information, but it’s a load of rubbish. There is no reason whatsoever that you can’t do 100 on a new bike

There is no need to stick so strictly to those recommendations. Not in 2023. My bike (royal Enfield)had the same guidelines and I just rode it normally. When I picked it up from the dealership I had to ride on the freeway at 110 kmh for a 100km. It is not safe to ride on the open road at those speeds. If you feel you must do it, stay around town.

That’s just not true…..or if your bike is very small capacity stay off the highway….

Rubbish. Running in of new engines is a lie. Once the engine rings have been factory set there is nothing a driver needs to do but drive the vehicle appropriate to the law of the land.

I find this highly improbable. I’ve been riding motorcycles for almost two decades and have yet to encounter any motorcycle with these requirements, let alone for a new motorcycle. I would imagine your understanding of the break-in requirements are incorrect.

Thats a lot of bull old hens tale motors a pre run in anyway

Stay in 60km zones for the first 500km and so on but as a motor cyclest myself I’d piss myself laughing at you on the open road!

What sort of bike do you have. No motorcycle manufacturer would suggest going 50km on a open road minimum would be 90km

You could stay in areas where that is the posted speed limit if you already live in a built-up area. Problem solved, you don’t get booked or harassed.

I’m not sure what bike you’re running in but it’s engine revs that are recommended for run in !
It’s not much good running a motorcycle in at 60 kph in third gear at 1200rpm

What sort of motorbike is it , it’s the first time I’ve heard of 60 then 80 , motors as I understood are pre run in on a stand , even then it’s 100 , cheers happy Father’s Day

What absolute BS!!!! Never heard of a motorbike engine needing to be run in!

That’s not how you break in a modern vehicle.

Speed limits are that; The maximum speed a vehicle is allowed to travel in good conditions. Towing a caravan is one of the conditions that must be assessed. Although in WA the maximum speed towing a trailer is 80kph regardless of any higher posted limit.

Sorry Possum but you are incorrect. Maximum speed limit when towing anything in WA is 100 km ph.

Possum…..I’m sorry but you are very wrong in your 80km/h statement…maximum towing speed for caravans/trailers etc is 100km/h

Incorrect. 100kmh is the maximum in WA for caravans.

Wrong mate it is 100 kph. Max is 110kph

make a lot of sense if that or any limit was made australia wide

That’s not true

WA govt website states 100 kmh. This is common in other states.

100kph in wa for towing anything

Check the speed limit in WA maximum speed is 100klm same as trucks has been for years towing trailer or caravan

Rubbish cars with trailers c, caravans , trucks and buses speed limit is 100km per hour , trucks and buses are governed to 100kph with calibration equipment to gps , when they are overtaking because your going to slow it takes longer than if you are in a car and speeding up to block is completely mental and asking for trouble. Be courteous and allow others to pass , people driving trucks and buses are on the clock not holiday. If you think it’s 80 for a trailer in W.A you should probably resit your licence

Sorry Possum you are incorrect the max speed when towing in WA is 100kph

The speed limit for towing a trailer in W.A. is 100kph, not 80kph

It’s actually 100kph

The maximum speed with a trailer in WA is 100km/hr.

According to the WA Road Safety Commission the maximum speed is actually 100km/h. https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/road-safety-commission/towing

Just saw a quote that states that in WA 100kmh is the max when towing.

Try 100km/h. You need to read your road rules.

Speed limit in WA is 100kph no matter what is being towed

No the maximum towing speed for all trailers in WA is 100kph and has been for many years.

The speed limit is 100kph for towing a trailer in wa wa not 80kph you need to get your facts right

The maximum speed limit in Western Australia when towing a trailer or caravan is 100kmh ( as per the Dept of Transport). It is misinformation like this that people listen too and then wonder why they give nomads a bad name.

No, the maximum speed limit for towing any trailer in WA is 100kph and has been for many years.

Last edited 5 months ago by Greg 1

Sorry the maximum towing speed in WA is 100kph

That’s not true speed limits are set for worst conditions…eg night raining

Are you sure that the WA max is 80?

Check this WA Gov site .. It says 100.

https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/road-safety-commission/towing

I suggest you do your homework on the maximum speed limit for towing in WA.
Your 80kph is incorrect.
In WA; the maximum speed limit for towing anything (6×4 trailer, caravan etc) is 100kph.
Regards.
Hetho.

Sorry Possum, but that is incorrect as in WA the speed limit for any towing vehicle is 100kmh. Cheers

Wrong it’s 100kmph

Sorry Possum

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In WA it is 100kph.

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Hi possum I don’t know where you get 80ks in western aus but towing a trailer or caravan is 100 ks per hour

They should be doing the speed limit. An fined if there not doing it. 90 percent of caravan drivers can’t drive or don’t have the car for towing

Sorry but it’s 100klm

Rubbish… it’s 100kph in WA

Not anymore. That limit is now 100km/h

Currently in WA and the posted speed limit for trucks and towing vehicles is 100kmh.

Hey ‘Possum’ you need to read the WA road rules right about now! The legal speed limit in WA when towing ANY trailer is 100kph not 80kph..

Umm Possum you must be 20 years behind the times, the speed limit when towing is 100kph and has been for some time.

100 kph not 80 kph

That’s not correct possum it’s actually 100.

Last edited 5 months ago by Elaine

The speed limit towing a van or trailer is actually 100kph in WA

That is not true.

I usually travel at 90 but find so many irritable drivers behind me, pushing to go faster and always pull over as soon as a P sign appears. Cannot understand the logic because I eventually catch up with the irritable ones when they get stuck in traffic! Is towing a van at 90 instead of 110 illegal????

Maximum speed for cars towing trailers or caravans in WA is 100kph not 80kph. Please check your facts before commenting.

We are from NSW and have travelled a number of times with our caravan in WA. The roadside signs state the the maximum speed for towing vehicles and trucks is 100 kph although most WA highways the limit is 110.

Check that limit Possum, I’m pretty sure it’s 100kph over here, towing and vehicles over 4.5t.

I have travelled extensively around wa and the signs I see very regularly are 100 Kph for towing now are they wrong

Not true. The maximum legal speed limit for any vehicle towing a trailer or caravan is 100km/h. Vehicles towing a caravan or trailer must drive at least 60m behind heavy vehicles or other towing vehicles
, unless overtaking. Last Updated 10th Jan 2023. http://www.wa.gov.au

Towing a caravan or trailers in Australia is 100kph and on a motorway it’s 110kph,when you are behind a heavy vehicle or another vehicle towing you have to be 60 metres behind unless you are over taking,NT don’t have a limit on towing but there road limit is 130kph, but always drive to the condition of the road
(Google when you are not sure on anything)

maximum towing speed in WA is 100kph with a trailer

I live in WA, and the the maximum speed with a trailer or caravan in 100km. Possum needs to contact the DOT,and get some updated information

Possum, that is incorrect – in WA, the maximum speed for all towing vehicles is 100km/hr

To wingers crying about caravan not doing the speed limit they should read the handbook for a lot of Utes they state that you don’t use 5. Gear. Use 4 gear. 28 revs gives you 90kph Over rev motor Fuel sonic down to. 5klm a litre. Turbo diesel cruiser

And that is what it should be, maybe 90kph. People are pushed or pressured into their uncomfortable zone by others. I tend to sit on a true 90kph if I was sitting on 100kph in my as indicated by the speed I would be doing 94kph.at 90kph I believe you have more time to respond safely to a situation and keep control

Last edited 5 months ago by David

100km/hr

The max speed when toeing a trailer or caravan in WA is 100 kph not 80. W
When carabiners travel at 80 they are an accident waiting to happen . I tow a 7m boat and trying to pass a slow caravaner travelling at 80 can be very dangerous.

You’re a bit low re towing speed.
WA is 100kmh, but if you feel safe & comfortable at 80 be courteous to others & don’t cause ” frustration passing” putting you, oncoming and them at risk

The limit towing is 100kph not 80kph.

That is incorrect. Maximum towing speed in WA is 100kph.

The maximum speed in WA for towing a trailer or caravan is 100KMH

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Sorry, flat out wrong.
The max limit for towing in WA is 100 ks per hour

The max speed when towing in WA is actually 100kph.

It’s actually 100 in WA possum. Although I generally travel 90kph towing my heavy van due to sway

Not this century, it’s been 100km for a long time in WA.

Sorry your Wrong 100 kph in western Australia

Wrong …100kph

Not correct Possum; 100kph is the legal maximum towing speed in WA.

Speed limit for towing in WA is 100kmh

Actually, the towing speed limit in WA is 100 km/h on open roads whether towing a 6×4 or roadtrain.

It used to be in NSW too

It changed in nsw 30 or maybe 40 years ago

I never feel pressured to increase my speed. I always do my best to allow traffic to get around me. When overtaking lanes appear, I take my foot off the gas and let as many go as possible, even slowing to 40 km/h sometimes. But if inconsiderate motorists tailgate me, I ignore them.

I have checked my vehicle speed reading several times using the highway section guide posts, at 107 kmh reading the actual speed is 100 kmh. This has been confirmed by various traffic control zone radar speed warning devices at 80/50/40 kmh that the reading is always higher than actual speed.

Towing my caravan in 100 kmh and 110 kmh speed limit zones I drive at between 95 kmh and 100 kmh real speed.

The caravan is 1,200 kg lighter than the 4WD maximum towing limit and ball download also much less than allowed.

Last edited 5 months ago by Dennis

Common Sense , safety and driver attitude. The nobody in this world but me attitude. And there are heaps of them on the road driving all vehicles.

So many caravans, boat trailers and others are travelling nose too far down or too far up.

Incorrect level, slightly nose down, can become a problem in an emergency and certain other situations, as does load distribution inside.

I travel at 90 kph in my campervan and have a 90km sticker on the back window as an indercater At 90kph I use 8-5 lp100km.at 100kph I use 10-5 lp100km so the people who try to push me would like to add to my bank account then will speed up.I have a CB and let people and the Trucks know when they can pass.

Just came back from NT , they know how to build roads capable of higher speeds, with long long long overtaking lanes,on the flat areas, not half way up a damn hill and 300 meters long like qld does. With better roads you are able to obtain a better road speed if the roads are good. I usually sit on 95-100 depending on the conditions, not like some cashed up morons with the latest yank ute towing a 24’ van at 130+. Yes I’ve seen it.

Caravaners should be aware of their surroundings use their mirrors,and pull over when they can to alow traffic past,I pulled over to let a ces vehicle past today he then came up behind a caravan the driver must have been in lala land he followed the van for some time with lights flashing and sirens on before the van driver seen him

More often than not it’s not the speed. It’s the lack of suitable properly set mirrors. And the fact that most want to travel in groups not allowing enough space for other road users to pass safely.
The worst are the ones that speed up in overtaking lanes to prevent being passed.

Drivers need to realise that the posted speed limit is just that, a limit. It is not a target. Especially the cowboy truckies.

I had a good example of that yesterday heading from Peak Hill to Parkes. After leaving the 50k zone I accelerated to 93kph then set my cruise control and stayed on that for some time. A truck which had by now caught me accused me of ‘shooting off’ at 110, I hadn’t been over 95 since leaving Dunedoo. He then proceeded to tailgate until the overtake lane. Approximately 3kms out of Parkes a B-double overtook me downhill over solid lines and I had caught him at the 50k zone !?

Many of the roads we have been travelling on in the “away from the coast areas”, in Qld and NSW it is just not sensible to travel at the maximum speed limit. The roads are too rough. Thankfully all our fellow travellers seem to agree. Mostly, they also travelled with big distances between them.

The speed skould be at the top end 90Kmh & no more. I have driven seme @ schoolbus fore a number years & all you see are Carvanes Drivers trying to race all heave Vehical & overtake & have UHF radio fitted as standed part of a Vehical towing a carvanes Horse flote Also a signe to say 90KMH ONLY

I check using mirrors and cameras, and if I’m causing someone delay I’ll give them an opportunity to pass safely asap,either by communicating on the uhf or pulling over when safe to do so.
What’s annoying is when people sit in the right hand lane on a multi lane road and don’t do the speed limit

I try to travel at 100 whenever possible but find people still overtake me,they just don’t like being behind vans.

Not so much the slower speed I find annoying, it’s the inability of the driver in front to maintain a constant speed. Even cars not towing seem to have this problem. It’s as if nobody has cruise control.

Grey nomads I’m not saying all travel at 80kms in 100 and 110 zones with traffic banked up behind them if there is room which usually there is so the right thing and pull over and let the traffic past just because your on holiday doesn’t mean Australia has to be held up for you!

I worked in caravan business for about 7 years I found most caravans are unsafe to tow above 80ks an hour

The issue isn’t the speed caravanners travel at, it’s the issue of them speeding when the overtaking lanes come up. And then trying to overtake other slow vehicles. Just let other cars overtake. Otherwise it is extremely frustrating for other road users who can easily travel the speed limit.

Whether you are towing or not you should always drive to suit the conditions eg rain, traffic, bad road surface. We keep an eye on traffic behind us and ease to the side if safe, but regularly get tailgaters. Too much hurry these days.

Travel at the speed you are comfortable doing.
Just be mindful though of other road users and make sure that you pull over every now and then to allow people passed and slow up a little in the overtaking lanes to allow traffic through.
Travelling for miles with a long conga line of traffic behind you is not something you should do.

The biggest problem is vans travelling together and leave very little room to pass. I travel at 100k and feel very comfortable.

I generally travel about 90to 95 in 100km/h zones when towing. This not only gives more time for safe braking/stopping in emergencies but results in considerably better fuel economy. Sometimes get tailgated in which case usually slow to around 80, have considered putting a sign on back of caravan saying “The closer you get the slower I drive”, or something to that effect. Better to have a low speed accident than a high speed one! Of course if it is safe and practicable to pull over for faster traffic then I will always do so, and never speed up when overtaking opportunities for others arise.

Well, as one of the people that’s often stuck behind drivers not travelling at the speed limit, caravan or other reason not-withstanding, I would say the onus is on the slower driver to find a way to let faster traffic pass. Our speed limits are too low as-is, especially in rural areas. We should consider 130 as a more reasonable speed limit.

If you cant do the speed limit, you shouldn’t be driving. I dont care if you only get to you destination a bit later, it just sooooo annoying sitting behind someone who cant sit on the speed limit.

I think the important part of the conversation is ‘ pull over when safe to do so ‘. In my 12 months and 40,000 KMs on the road the number of places to pull over for following traffic could have been counted on one hand. And it doesn’t help when Mr. Impatient cause no one is as important as me, sits so close behind the van that you can’t slow safely anyway.

Towing caravan
I have travelled from west to.east. Safety, yes WA states that using a trailer is 80kmh. I have have quite a few accidents with caravans, you need to limit the speed around Australia is 80kmh to keep people alive.

Last edited 5 months ago by Rod

No wa does not state its 80kph it 100kph some people need to get their facts right

Buy a campervan or motorhome. Far safer than towing

We sit on 95km/h when conditions permit but having just spent 9 weeks on the road, 4 of it in Qld, we were lucky to do 75 many times. Why? Because the roads they call highways are anything but! Yes, I understand they had serious floods in 2022 but that doesn’t explain a designated “highway” being narrower than the average suburban street. Charleville to Cunnamulla & then Cunnumulla to St George are classic examples.
Meanwhile we did use UHF18 (displayed on our van rear) but have all but abandoned that due to only getting abused by truckies. Guys, I have it to communicate & help you out, not to be sworn at for 5 mins because I didn’t cross onto the wrong side, while doing 95km/h, simply because you wanted to pull out from a standing start on the curb side.

One of my pet hates is when 2 cararvans travel together and they stay close to each other not allowing enough room for other road user to pass,

Spot on. I’m a caravanner & the law in my state says you must be 200 metres apart (incl other long vehicles like trucks) unless preparing to overtake.

Nothing worse than a tail-driver. Narcissitic control freaks in a hurry or just ‘because they want to’ scare the shit of the driver in front need a
designated driver.

When towing a van, my stopping distances have generally doubled. I see that as a good reason for dropping 10-15kph off my cruising speed.
So long as Im i am keeping to the left.

We are staggered at caravans that fly past us. One time, when driving a 20 ton high sided vehicle at 100kms, a caravan flew past us and unsurprisingly, lost control. Wrecked his car, caravan and holiday, not withstanding he could have taken us out with 70 passengers on board.

As Nomads, living on the road, we travel at 90 kmph. We encounter varying road conditions and elements and safety is paramount, not just for us, but all others. We always maintain a healthy respect for other road users and pullover when safe to do so. We have witnessed too many incidents where speed and reckless actions have caused avoidable situations. I firmly believe that 90/95 kmph should be a federal speed limit for all caravaners, regardless of the towing vehicle capabilities.

EVERYDAY SUNDAY

We had an issue when my wife was driving – her comfort speed of 85km / hr where she was abused over the UHF constantly – one particular state , I won’t mention here was the worse. She decided it was too stressful for her to continue to share the driving and decided she didn’t need that in her life.
Compromise- I bought a driver under instruction banner I hang on the back of the Van now when she is driving, made the world of difference, she is more comfortable and relaxed now, the UHF is quiet – Happy Days.

I did a towing course and the instructor suggested that with the size of van and my experience, 90km/ hr would be a safe option for me to drive. Having said that, I have a rear camera to check if I’m holding people up and a radio do I can communicate with trucks to arrange safe passing. People just need to be patient.

I always think older people should travel faster and faster as they age because let’s not beat around the Bush , time is a ticking… young people to quote from that amazing movie “” The Time Machine “” ” have all the time in the world ( said in a broad Scottish accent) haha “” …… anyway enough jokes , as mentioned in good conditions caravaneers and anyone towing a normal trailer and boat should be able to maintain the limit whilst allowing for the conditions and reducing speed when required for hazards that may appear …..a guy doing 70 kph for no reason on a 110 kph road is deff a hazard ….but doing 100 kph with a big van on in storms , high winds or say gravel roads is / or can be dangerous ,…a good driver is someone who follows the conditions not a sign….

watch out for fish tailing over 80kph you want control it ? i have driven up to 100kph but i was lucky
but 80kph it want happen ever?

It would help if speed limit and towing restrictions were the same across all states. In NSW, drivers must know both GVM & GCM when towing to know if they can drive to 110 kph when posted. However, until every road in Oz becomes multi lane, there will always be situations where the overtaken and/or the overtaking will feel the other should not be on the road.

NSW law states that a caravan with a GCM of over 4.5 ton is restricted to a speed limit of 100 kph, regardless of limit posted. Might have been good to have that in the story ad well

Love the SA Transport comment on control where there is uneven road surfaces.

We hit a massive unmaintained pothole on the Dukes Hwy and it took all my skill and control to overcome a totally destroyed tyre at a speed of 80kph in a 100 zone.

Guess who refused responsibility for the condition of the road. Apparently they don’t even have to put up signage of the danger once they’ve done an inspection.

So it’s all on the driver.

THE MOST frustrating thing is when a vehicle of any kind cannot make up their mind what speed they want to sit on. Cycling up and down between 85 and 105 does nothing more than confuse and eventually piss off the vehicles behind. Sit on your comfort speed and we can calculate when we have a safe amount of room to pass safely. I won’t even start on the speed up in overtaking lanes

We travel at a speed which suits our 200 series cruiser which is 97 kph ( gps speed ) locked into 5th at 1700 rpm gives us a cruising ranger of 650 klm in the right conditions if that’s not fast enough for them they can always go around

Last edited 5 months ago by Salt bush

It not that they are slower it’s that when you get to a passing lane they are up to 110 , and it’s very frustrating or hard to get past

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