A massive caravan stoush has erupted that is likely to have serious financial consequences for the local caravan manufacturing industry.
David Hold of Barrons Recreational Vehicles, the local Taupo based Caravan and Motorhome Supremo and NZ’s biggest importer, re-seller and distributer of caravans and motorhomes has finally had enough of the obfuscations and lies from some local manufacturers. He believes this is a safety issue and one that certifiers, Police and manufacturers are ignoring.
Seems like some Manufacturers in NZ, and Australia are in very deep trouble
After all the conceited lies told by their reps about European product.
BRV are now on the offensive.
They have been producing trailer caravans which are in fact potentially illegal, and dangerous to public safety.
New Zealand has many laws regarding weights and dimensions of Trailers and Towcars
But for now this taster, Landrover have a maximum limit of 150KG of downforce on the towbar tongue of their most robust vehicle, the Defender. (This is on Factory approved fittings only)
Ci Munro only has one Caravan that actually seems to conform to this weight, and we think that an independent test when one is fully laden is imperative for Safety’s sake
Leisureline caravans don’t give any weight details on their website, which is illegal and duplicitous. The Commerce Commission will be very interested in this one.
Our guess is that they are all well over 150KG downforce on the noseweight.
Also many Australian built trailer caravans massively exceed the maximum downforce weights. Like with Ci Munro, some are nearly 300kg unladen without that tanks filled.
More revelations will follow, but many Trailer Caravan customers who have bought ‘built by Kiwis, for NZ conditions’ have actually been hoodwinked.
Did you also realise that if the trainweight (Total Permissable weight) of your Towcar and Caravan is over 4500kgs, that a WOF is insufficient, and you need a type 2 Licence?
If the Police stop you and you have not complied with this legislation, then you will be guilty of a moving traffic offence.
Also the maximum width for any light trailer is 2.5m, excepting trafficators/indicators.
For anyone that has bought a 3m wide Leisurebuilt, then hopefully you will have the necessary paperwork to prove it was NEVER towed.
The best thing that you can do is contact your particular Manufacturer, and get them to explain the maximum train weights, and why AL-KO’s maximum download is 160KG.
We have the reports.
This is playing with people’s lives.
Ci Munro are a very wealthy publically listed company. And is you are are unhappy with their responses. Just ask for your money back. They can afford it easily.
On the subject of Ci Munro, perhaps they should explain after all their claptrap PR about how their fleet was even deemed ‘Greener’ than Euro 4 by VTNZ, and yet they still build on Euro 3 Mitsubishis because of price?
Happy to deal with any of the lawyers from the Companies mentioned.
This is a safety, and ecological issue.
Customers come first, always.
Kiwi built, by kiwi owners for excessive profits?